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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org