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Cosmetic surgery in Italy : Doctor accreditation and qualifications

Italy has the highest ratio of doctors per capita in the world and has a very developed private sector and medical reputation; both Rome and Milan are considered excellent medical centres. After graduating from medical school (which takes six years of study), doctors undertake their area of specialty and train to become surgeons, for example, hair transplant surgery. The post graduate study takes a further three to four years and includes formal academic and practical training and assessment.

Professional bodies/organisations

Doctors and cosmetic surgeons should be registered with the National Association of Doctors (Italian site only), and have membership with medical associations such as the Italian Society of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery (SIES) and the Italian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Other medical associations relative to hair transplant surgery include the Italian Society of Trichology, the International Society of Hair Restoration (ISHRS) which provides continuing education to physicians specialising in hair transplant and restoration surgery, and the European Society of Hair Restoration (ESHRS). The Institute of Trichologists is the leading professional organisation for trichologists around the world and is the largest provider of training in Europe.

The Italian Ministry of Health inspects, oversees and assesses all clinics and hospitals in Italy and the Instituto Superiore di Sanita (ISS) is the leading technical and scientific public body of the Italian National Health Service whose activities include research, control, training and consultation in the interest of public health protection. The National Association of Doctors works in association with the government.

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