A fully qualified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon is also a qualified ‘Cosmetic’ Surgeon. However, a number of non-Specialist Doctors promote ‘Cosmetic Surgery’ despite not being formally trained as Surgeons. Some of these Doctors advertise widely, may quote a variety of surgical ‘qualifications’ and perform cosmetic surgery procedures such as Breast Augmentation. Naturally this can cause confusion amongst patients who are considering Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. For your own peace of mind and protection the only way to know you are in the hands of a fully qualified Specialist Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon is to ensure they hold a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and are members of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
More information on the training and qualifications required of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons can be found by following these links:
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