Finding the Right Surgeon

Finding The Right Surgeon

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery is a life changing decision and patients need to know they are being treated by a fully qualified and well experienced Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Unfortunately, at the present time in New South Wales anyone can call themselves a surgeon so long as they have a basic medical degree.

The Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) has been in existence since 1927 and is the principle body for medical training and accreditation in Australia.

When choosing your Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon it is important to check whether he or she holds a fellowship with the The Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) and that they are recognised as a specialist surgeon by the Commonwealth and that their College of Surgeons qualification is relevant to your procedure. 

Also check on your surgeons experience. 10 years experience in medicine may not equal 10 years experience in surgery much less in specialist practice.

There is currently no legislation to prevent groups of individuals inventing titles such as College, Academy or Institute and many such bodies have sprung up since deregulation occurred over the past 10 years. Beware!

The National Register of Medical Practitioners is a Specialist Register published online. This body is called the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and its register will help you to confirm that your surgeon is credentialed as a specialist.

Word of mouth can be an initial starting point for a referral to a Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. However check with your General Practitioner or your referring specialist who is familiar with your needs and they can generally point you in the right direction for an appropriately qualified surgeons. 

At the end of the day you want to have a surgeon who can give you the surgery, support and service that  you require.  Do your homework on the surgeons credentials and a consultation can generally help you decide whether you have chosen the right surgeon for you.