Do you know whether the doctor you are considering having surgery with is appropriately qualified to perform your surgery? Are you getting what you are paying for?

Every day in Australia thousands of women and men are directly or indirectly involved in cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.  Some do it because it’s a life and death situation, others choose to enhance their appearance for medical, personal or practical reasons.  Each case is different, but regardless of your circumstances it’s a decision you shouldn’t make lightly.

It’s been said that “It’s a jungle out there” within the booming industry of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

Basically, cosmetic surgery procedures are to enhance a persons appearance, whilst plastic surgery is the ‘correction’ or ‘restoration’ or ‘improvement’ of physical defects – form and function.

Most Australian consumers are unaware that anyone with a medical degree can call himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon. This means any medical practitioner can advertise their services as cosmetic surgeons and then perform a variety of procedures. You need to make sure that your doctor is properly qualified to do surgery, and that the surgery is being performed in an accredited hospital. You also want to make sure they are a member of an industry-related body. This in itself can be confusing!

Some Plastic Surgeons perform both cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.  The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeon describe a Specialist Plastic Surgeon as having a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.

Here’s a link to help you identify the difference between all the initials and qualifications. Hopefully this will help you understand.

We can’t stress the importance of doing your due diligence before you go under the knife.  Try and speak to a minimum of two to three surgeons before you make a decision.  It may take a little longer to research your options, but by getting peace of mind you limit your risks to an absolute minimum.

So before you book an appointment with a potential surgeon make sure he or she is appropriately qualified. And of course, if in doubt, send us an email to

So if you’re thinking of cosmetic surgery, check before you go under the knife!


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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