Choosing a Surgeon
Choosing a surgeon in Perth
It’s often a hard decision choosing a surgeon in Perth
When choosing a plastic surgeon, take the time to research their qualifications and experience. Unfortunately, any doctor can call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon. If you are considering Cosmetic or Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, ensure your surgeon of choice is a ‘Specialist Plastic Surgeon’. They should also be a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to maintain the highest standard of surgical practice and ethics in Plastic Surgery in Australia.
What is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a Commonwealth Government accredited plastic surgeon. They are trained and qualified to perform invasive cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in public and private hospitals, and accredited day surgeries. In Australia, the national Medical Board (AHPRA) states that the “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by surgeons in the recognised Specialty of Plastic Surgery.
Look for the titles that follow their name
These Surgeons have all received training in Plastic Surgery recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). They have therefore been awarded the title of FRACS (Plastic Surgery). Doctors who have MBBS behind their name have a medical degree only. Doctors who have FACCS or FMACCS who do not have FRACS after their name may have had no training that is recognised by RACS.
Many of them have received their training from other doctors who have not had formal training through RACS. These doctors operate as cosmetic surgeons or cosmetic physicians. They gain their experience by operating on patients who choose to see them.
Why should I choose a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
Finally, it is currently legal for any doctor in Australia with a basic medical degree (MBBS) to perform cosmetic surgery. Specialist Plastic Surgeons have extensive surgical education and training with a minimum of 14 years medical and surgical education. This must include at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training. All surgical procedures carry risk, but you can reduce the chance of risk and complications by consulting a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.