Beware of false labelling! Only “Specialist for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery“ or the older title of “Specialist for Plastic Surgery’ are protected designations. Full membership of the German Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (Deutsche Gesellschaft der Plastischen, Rekonstruktiven und Ästhetischen Chirurgen, DGPRÄC) or an equivalent national professional body is a reliable indication. This professional association admits only surgeons who hold the title of Specialist for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery or the older title of Specialist for Plastic Surgery. Patients looking to pursue the surgical route can use this as a point of orientation. Admission to the Association demands professional training of at least six years and a successful examination before the State Chamber of Physicians (Landesärztekammer). It sets the highest standards in professional qualification and is a guarantee of quality.
This organisation has less than one thousand members. A list of members is available here. Diplomas hanging on the wall can also be misleading – every physician holds various certificates of varying quality.
Be sure to ask your doctor about their precise specialist title.