When you choose a doctor who is a member of the Swiss Plastic Surgery Association, you can rest assured that he or she is ideally qualified for your procedure. He or she holds the official, protected title of specialist in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. This title is recognised by the Swiss Confederation and the EU, and certifies that the doctor in question has undergone at least 6 years (and frequently up to 10 or 12 years) of postgraduate training, including the planning and performance of all current procedures in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. To be awarded the specialist title, the candidate must have performed a defined minimum number of various types of operations, have passed a Swiss and European examination in the speciality, held presentations and published papers. The title also guarantees that the holder regularly attends courses and congresses for the purpose of further training.