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Choosing a surgeon you can trust.

Trusted Surgeons only lists reputable Australian surgeons who have professional registrations or memberships with The Australian Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). By only listing these members we can ensure the surgeon you choose has; appropriate qualifications, extensive experience, knowledge and are bound by a code ethics. It is important that you choose a surgeon that has the qualifications and expertise that you need, who you trust and feel comfortable with.

Elective surgery can be a daunting experience. To ensure you select a highly qualified and experienced surgeon, look for the ASPS or ASAPS logo. These logos demonstrates the surgeon is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons or The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. To accomplish this membership the surgeon achieved post graduate qualifications in plastic surgery and has a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education. ASPS and ASAPS members are Specialist Plastic Surgeons promoting quality, safety and expertise.

ASPS - Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons

ASPS is an association of surgeons who have completed a competitive, the training program is governed by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS). The surgeon completes a five-year surgical and educational program. RACS is the only training institution accredited by the Commonwealth Government through the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Membership criteria is stringent. To maintain fellowship with ASPS the surgeon must commit to ongoing continual education.

FRACS - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

To be a fellow of FRACS, this distinction is only awarded to specialist surgeons who have completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with a minimum of 5 years postgraduate training. If you see FRACS you know the surgeon is accredited to perform invasive cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

ASAPS - Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

As the authoritative source since 1978, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) has been one of the world’s leading organisations in cosmetic surgery education and research. Our members are all Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) specialising in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body.

RACS - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

A RACS surgeon has completed one of nine specialties; in regard to aesthetic two categories are; 1. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 2. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. To be awarded fellowship the doctor must complete training, exams, several clinical placements, If the doctor passes they will be awarded FRACS – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. FRACS is only awarded after several rigorous years of surgical training.

ISAPS - International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is the world's leading professional body for board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons. Founded in 1970, ISAPS membership includes over 3,200 of the world's best known and respected reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeons in 103 countries on every continent reflecting the true international mission of the organization. The ISAPS charter was signed at the United Nations.

ASOHNS - Australian Society of otolaryngology head and neck surgery

ASOHNS is the representative organisation for Ear Nose and Throat Head and Neck Surgeons in Australia, and dates from 1950.

ASOHNS Members are Specialist Surgeons who investigate and treat conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and head and neck.

ASOHNS, with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, provides a nationwide Training Program for future Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeons.

BAPRAS - British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

To be awarded Full membership the surgeon must have their name on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgery of the General Medical Council as a plastic surgeon and hold a Certificate of Completion of Training or equivalent. As with ASPS many rigorous years of training.

ASPS® - American Society of Plastic Surgeons

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society represents 94% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S., and more than a thousand plastic surgeons worldwide, making ASPS a global institution and leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

NZAPS - New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons

The New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons is a non-profit, professional association devoted to the maintenance of excellent ethical and professional standards within the field of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

AAFPS - The Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery

The AAFPS is a specialist group of only otolarngologists, head and neck surgeons, ophthalmologists, dermatologists, general plastic surgeons and mazillofacial surgeons. The members of AAFPS are dedicated and passionate about their specific field of practice. Surgeons who belong to AAFPS are committed to ongoing education and sharing knowledge within a professional organisation. This is important reassurance for patients considering facial plastic surgery.