I am sometimes asked (by both patients and colleagues!) why I attend so many plastic surgery meetings and why I spend so much time preparing lectures and being involved with the plastic surgery societies such as the BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and ESAPS (European Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons).
The answer is there are many reasons! It is true that lecturing at meetings takes a lot of time. Not only do I need to take time to attend the meeting, I need to spend time preparing my lectures. I speak on many topics but most commonly on facial and breast aesthetic surgery and aesthetic plastic surgery practice management and professional matters. To speak on these, I must review my cases and techniques, be up to date with the medical literature and be able to impart the important points clearly and succinctly to my audience. Education and training are so important for patient safety and quality of results. To borrow a phrase from our trainees, ‘no training today, no surgeons tomorrow!’
Involvement with plastic surgery societies also takes time but there are many issues that affect plastic surgeons both nationally and internationally. These may be related to training and education. But they can also relate to patient safety, regulation and practical matters intrinsic to being able to run a good plastic surgery practice. As you can understand, this takes time and preparation too! I am the Vice-President of the BAAPS with a commitment to being President from 2024 to 2026 as well as Secretary of ESAPS.
However, without involvement in plastic surgery societies and engagement with the other bodies that regulate and interact with us, we have no influence. We know plastic surgery better than anyone else – just as you know your areas of work. We are always striving to improve plastic surgery and how it is delivered to you – the patient. To do this best, we need to be involved in the policies and committees that shape and affect this.
While all the above are the altruistic reasons to be part of the plastic surgery meetings and societies, the truth is also that it is rewarding personally to be involved too. I learn a lot and improve my results too. I also meet many national and international colleagues. We exchange tips and pearls and share our experiences. We also build strong friendships and form a community together. So yes, I STILL go to many plastic surgery meetings and I STILL stay involved with the plastic surgery societies!
We are very pleased to announce that Ms Nugent has been elected as Vice President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)!! Her term will run for two years from September 2022 until September 2024 when she will become the President of the BAAPS for a further two years. The BAAPS is the professional organisation for plastic surgeons in the United Kingdom who undertake aesthetic plastic surgery. It is focused on safety, education and training in aesthetic plastic surgery and is a key advisor and consultant on all major issues affecting aesthetic surgery and medicine in the UK. Nora has been a Member of Council of the BAAPS since 2018 and is delighted and honoured to accept her new role.
Nora says “I am honoured and very privileged to have become the Vice President of the BAAPS in September. Having been a Member of Council of the BAAPS since 2018 and Chair of BAAPS Support from 2020 to 2022, I have seen first-hand the number of issues the BAAPS handles and the tireless work of the Council and Officers publicly and behind the scenes to advance aesthetic plastic surgery safety, regulation and training. It has also been very rewarding to work within such an organisation and I look forward to the next two years as Vice President.
The BAAPS is in a unique position in the UK amongst plastic surgeons and UK aesthetics. It has extremely knowledgeable and experienced aesthetic plastic surgeons in its membership, strong links with other national and international healthcare and plastic surgery organisations and through its links with PLASTA, the BAAPS trainee membership and the recently launched Aesthetic Mentorship Scheme, a chance to train and mentor current and future young plastic surgeons to a high standard in their aesthetic careers.”
Did you know that Nora is also Secretary for ESAPS/EASAPS (European Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons/European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)?! Through this role, she is in regular contact with her European plastic surgery counterparts and works with them on issues affecting patients and plastic surgery across Europe.
Nora is also very pleased to be working alongside Mr Marc Pacifico who has just taken over the Presidency of the BAAPS and is her close colleague at Purity Bridge. This is the first time in history that the President and Vice President of the BAAPS have been based in the same clinic working alongside each other. It promises to be a very exciting two years for both Nora and Marc and they are looking forward to this immensely.
For the third year running, Nora Nugent has been recognised for her expertise and skill in aesthetic (cosmetic) plastic surgery in the Tatler Beauty & Cosmetic Surgery Guide 2022. The Tatler Beauty & Cosmetic Surgery Guide is curated and edited by Francesca Ogiermann-White, Tatler Health & Beauty Editor-at-Large. It is one of the most prestigious media listings in the UK aesthetic industry.
This year, she has been showcased in the ‘Body‘ Section in particular for abdominoplasty and liposuction. In previous years, Nora has featured for her aesthetic breast surgery, labiaplasty and ‘mummy make-overs‘. What do all these procedures have in common? Many of Nora’s patients see her after pregnancy body changes. Restoration and enhancement of breasts and bodies after pregnancy and breast-feeding is a very important part of her work. It is so rewarding to see the difference that can be made for women. “Restorative breast and abdominal surgery can make such a difference to comfort and body confidence.”
Nora says “It is always an honour to be included in the Tatler Beauty & Cosmetic Surgery Guide. So many great and highly skilled colleagues within UK aesthetics feature and it ranks very highly amongst fellow professionals and patients. I am very appreciative and grateful to be listed again. Thank you Francesca once more!”
The annual launch of the Tatler Beauty & Cosmetic Surgery Guide is eagarly awaited in aesthetics every year! Covering who’s who and what’s new in aesthetics – the Guide has it all!
Grab a copy from the newsstands or watch out for this year’s Guide hitting the Tatler website to read the full issue.
“Couldn’t have chosen a better consultant than the wonderful Nora Nugent. From start to finish she has been professional, caring, understanding, informative and has been patient and respectful at all times and most of all a new body.” MS, abdominoplasty, liposuction and breast reduction 2021
Sadly we have had to postpone some surgeries recently as patients had not returned from overseas travel with sufficient time allowed before their surgery dates to complete UK government quarantine and self-isolation requirements in advance of their preassessment and surgery.
If you have surgery planned with us over the summer and also have travel plans, please allow enough time before your surgery so that this does not happen to you. If your procedure is planned to take place under general anaesthetic or with sedation, you will need to plan for a preassessment appointment within the two weeks before your surgery date as well. This is to ensure that you are prepared properly for your anaesthetic and surgery and that any tests needed such as blood tests, COVID tests or ECG cardiac readings can be carried out in time. Please also be aware that post travel quarantine requirements can change at short notice and catch you out if you have planned very tight timelines around travel and surgery.
We hate postponing surgery and only do so if we really have to. We know how much your surgery means to you and how you plan your time around a planned surgery date and recovery BUT we must follow government regulations, Public Health England COVID-19 and travel advice and surgery safety precautions.
We share your frustration with the current travel restrictions and fully understand why you might wish or need to travel for business or family reasons or to enjoy a much needed summer break. But please help us to plan your surgery with you safely and in a way that will allow it to proceed without problems or stress for you.
If you are likely to be affected by this, please contact our office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01892 619248 so that we are aware and can forward plan with you for a solution.
Nora & the Aisling Plastic Surgery Office Team