Not sure where to start when looking for the right plastic surgeon? We’ve done some of the homework for you with this quick guide, covering what you should know before asking your GP for a referral.
- The Difference Between Cosmetic Vs Plastic
On the surface, ‘cosmetic surgeon’ and ‘plastic surgeon’ might appear the same, but there’s a big difference. Upon completion of their medical degree, all doctors receive a MBBS, MBChB or similar (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery). Using this qualification (which is mostly made up of only very basic surgical skills) doctors are able to carry out cosmetic procedures. To be an accredited plastic surgeon, a doctor must have completed at least an extra 8 years of specialised training in their field.
- Know Your Acronyms
All qualified plastic surgeons should be a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This is the only body in Australia recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to train surgeons. Look for the initials ‘FRACS’ and ‘FRACS(Plas)’ when selecting a surgeon. This means they are a ‘Fellow’ of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
For example: Dr Richard Bloom, MBBS (HONS) FRACS (Plas).
- Location Matters
Doctors who aren’t recognised as specialists will operate out of their own facility because they aren’t allowed to operate in hospitals, which impose strict rules, policies and procedures designed to ensure your highest possible safety. Any hospital where surgical procedures are being performed will be licensed with the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Ask To See Results
This one may seem obvious, but always ask to see photos of a surgeon’s work. They should be able to show you examples of similar patients who have had the same operation. If not, it’s likely they haven’t done many cases or don’t have good results.
- Visit Your GP First
If you are unsure about the process of selecting a good plastic surgeon, visit a trusted GP. They will be able to make you a referral to a plastic surgeon and may be able to help you get ready for your initial consultation.
- Plastic Surgery Is Not A Holiday
There has been a growing trend for cosmetic surgery to be carried out in overseas destinations. Patients are enticed by the idea of a holiday and a cosmetic procedure all in one.
“Unfortunately, most countries do not uphold the same medical standards for safety and training as we do in Australia.”
You must also consider your long-term care if something were to go wrong you would not be able to fly back overseas to see your doctor.
We recommend to our patients that they trust their instincts, do their research and don’t be afraid to ask questions before their procedure.
For the best possible treatment journey, plastic surgeons Dr Richard Bloom and Dr Kim Taylor offer a full range of procedures, along with the support required through every stage of treatment. To book a consultation, call 03 8840 0000 or visit Re. Plastic Surgery at Level 3, 36 Jackson Street, Toorak, VIC.