What is a real plastic surgeon in Italy


You want to be treated by the best trained doctor with the right qualifications?

In many countries it is not always clear how you can find the right doctor.

This website helps you select REAL plastic surgeons.

Real plastic surgeons have studied Medicine to become a Medical Doctor (MD), after getting that title they need additional training to become a Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, generally after an exam. After graduating they are registered as Plastic Surgeons at the Health Government.



In Italy the training to become a doctor consists of:

  • 6 years of medical studies at the Medical School of the University
  • At the end the discussion of a thesis at the University where you study
  • Soon after an exam to be recognized by the Health Minister as Medical Doctor

If you pass this last exam you can call yourself a medical doctor (MD) and you can be registered at the Medical Council of the city where you live and practice. The medical Council give you a license number.


Specialist Training

But in order to become a plastic surgeon you need an additional specialist training.
This training consists of:

  • 5 years of residency in one of the Post Graduate Schools of Plastic Surgery
  • Exam organized at the University where the Post Graduate School is based discussing a thesis

If you pass this exam you are a board certified plastic surgeon and you can register your specialty at your Medical Council.


Continued Education

When you are an official plastic surgeon your training does not stop, most plastic surgeons do additional Fellowships and courses to learn more about specific areas of our specialty, possible directions are:

  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Microsurgery
  • Burns
  • Hand surgery
  • Breast reconstruction and oncoplasticsurgery

Depending on the help you need you might want to verify whether your doctor has done additional training, besides fellowships this can be by attending Courses, symposia and congresses.



All European countries have National Societies who represent the Plastic Surgery community. Membership of such a Society is highly recommended for REAL plastic surgeons, you can verify this in the chart of the doctor on this website.

For Italy the National Society is:

  • Società Italiana di Chirurgia Plastica Ricopstruttiva ed Estetica (SICPRE)
  • Associazione Italiana di Chirurgia Plastica Estetica (AICPE)


Membership of relevant European and International Societies shows additional Commitment to the area the plastic surgeon is most interested in. Relevant individual member Societies include (non-exhaustive list):

  • European Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ESAPS)
  • Euraps
  • Rhinoplasty Society
  • European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS)
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
  • Etc


REAL Plastic Surgeons summary

REAL plastic surgeons have had a thorough training, did an exam and are officially registered at the country’s Ministry of Health. They are member of a National Society and relevant (sub-)specialty societies and continue to learn their entire life.