Himself the son of a surgeon, Bernard Cornette de Saint-Cyr has been used to operating theatres since the age of 10.
Having completed his studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris, he passed the very elite entrance exam for a place as an intern at the hospitaux de Paris (Public Paris Hospital system), which is where he began his career in surgery. It was whilst training that he developed a strong interest in the specialist field of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. He saw three reasons for this fascination
- Former intern of the Hôpitaux de Paris
- Member of the French Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SOFCPRE)
- Founding member of the French Society of Aesthetic Surgeons (SOFCEP)
- Chairman of the SOFCEP in 2003
- Member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
Professor of postgraduate education in aesthetic plastic surgery.
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SO IT WAS AFTER 14 YEARS OF STUDIES
So it was after 14 years of studies that he received his official qualification, in a discipline where France is particularly renowned.
In 2003, he became head of the SOFCEP which is the organisation for plastic surgeons who are specialised in pure aesthetics.
He was then co-opted to become a member of ISAPS with the title of post-graduate professor.
He has contributed to many post-graduate educational books, in particular on surgical techniques, face lifts and breast enlargement.
His articles have been published in international scientific journals.
Still very much the leading light in his field, he is invited to the conferences the world over to give lectures and teach courses
The approach to aesthetic surgery is never futile.
It tackles the intimate conflict between the desired image and the actual image reflected by the mirror and those close to us, whether it be the face or body. The way that this discrepancy is perceived varies depending on the individual but it can range from simple dissatisfaction to a profound sense of ill-being.
It’s not possible to bestow absolute beauty upon everyone in the world but we can give back as much beauty as there is potential and desire for it.
There are universal criteria for beauty but patients should not see this as some kind of standardized template.
The surgeon needs to listen in order to understand what is being asked and so give an expression to the answer to that request using the most modern techniques which are regularly discussed at conferences around the world. In today’s world communication is global.
“The professional surgeon has no right to be anything other than an eternal student”.
However the patient needs to remain level-headed and to keep faith with his or her true desire rather than be influenced by the “tyranny” of society and the media.
So long as it can give back just one little hint of happiness cosmetic surgery is the finest profession in the world.