Always check the credentials of your Surgeon, as not all Doctors who are entitled to practice Cosmetic Surgery are qualified as Plastic Surgeons. Many Medical Practitioners (such as GP’s, Dermatologists, General Surgeons) call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon, if they happen to practice this type of work. It is important to check training and qualifications of your Surgeon. Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are highly trained Specialists, who have spent at least eight (8) to ten (10) years in post graduate surgical training. It is highly recommended that you only have surgery by a Plastic Surgeon.
It is of paramount importance for patients to research and be well informed that their surgeon has the appropriate qualifications to undertake their surgery. Even more important is the safety and environment in which they will perform the procedure, and that they will be able to treat any complication should it so arise.
There are no rules or regulations in Australia that dictate which doctors can perform which surgeries. Because cosmetic surgery often attracts no funding from Medicare or Private Insurance, the industry remains unregulated and any doctor with little or no training can perform cosmetic surgery.
Plastic surgeons do perform cosmetic surgery but and will always call themselves “Plastic Surgeons”. Cosmetic surgeons perform cosmetic surgery but cannot call themselves “Plastic Surgeons”. This title is what defines the qualification and training undertaken.
There are some key differences between Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeons. Read below to find out more