Trainees have the chance to complete sub-specialist fellowships in the UK and aboard towards the end of their training period.
Furthermore many UK plastic surgeons visit disaster zones to provide extra hands and specialist experience to treat victims in need of reconstructive surgery. Examples include treating acid burn sufferers in Bangladesh, earthquake victims in China and also those affected by the Tsunami in 2004.
Quite a number of surgeons later in their career get invited to visit, lecture and teach in other countries. This is usually in less developed countries where surgery is not as advanced.