To ensure your surgeon has the qualifications they claim, it’s best to double check the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeon’s website. Only qualified plastic surgeons can register here.
The ASPS is the peak body in Australia for Specialist Plastic Surgeons (both reconstructive and cosmetic). The main focus of this body is to protect the integrity of plastic surgery as a speciality. If the surgeon you have in mind isn’t listed on this website, you might wish to reconsider your options.
Another aspect to look for is whether or not the surgeon has the acronym FRACS next to their name. This means they are a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and:
·Only use accredited surgical facilities
·Adhere to a strict code of ethics
·Regularly attend medical educational courses
In some states of Australia, if a medical practitioner isn’t a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, they cannot promote themselves as a surgeon.
Price shopping is commonplace, and can certainly be practical. However, bear in mind that you only have one body. Ideally, you’ll want to put your body in the hands of a specialist who has spent over a decade studying and working to understand the intricacies of the human form.
Yes, it’s true you might save a few hundred dollars, but have you considered the costs of revisional surgery should something not come out quite how you were hoping? Is that a risk you’re willing to take for the sake of a few hundred dollars?
There are really two first things you want to look for in a plastic surgeon. That they are:
1. a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
2. a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
Other factors you should consider when choosing the right plastic surgeon for you:
·Look at what past patients have said in reviews.
·Ask friends who have had surgery, who they went to, and what their experience was like.
·Go for a consultation—this may be the best way to gauge whether you want to work with that plastic surgeon or not.
Plastic surgeons by definition only work in accredited surgical facilities with qualified staff. This means that the risks of surgery are—generally speaking—minimised.
If you have questions or concerns about having surgery, Mr Dean White and his team are always happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to call us on (03) 9895 7631 or visit Mr Dean White’s website.
 This information should not be regarded as a substitute for information and advice provided by your surgeon during consultation. All surgical procedures carry risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.