Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons
Why you SHOULD know the difference if you’re considering ANY Cosmetic Surgery!
There is a great deal of confusion regarding the difference between ‘Plastic Surgeons’ who perform cosmetic surgery – and Doctors who are referred to as ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’, who also perform cosmetic surgery. Many of our clients, even previous Breast Augmentation surgery patients in Australia, did not know there was a difference.
This explanation aims to clarify the differences for our clients, patients, their family and friends, and allow the prospective surgery candidate to make an educated and more informed decision. Don’t be swayed by impressive and beautifully presented Cosmetic Clinics with lots of glamorous before and after website images. Their impressive premises will not be performing surgery on you – their Doctors will.
What is the difference between a cosmetic doctor and a Plastic Surgeon?
In Australia Specialist Plastic Surgeons have studied specialist surgery for a minimum of five years and have at least 12 years of total medical and surgical education. Plastic Surgeons are also Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) or equivalent and have undergone extensive training to perform invasive surgical procedures. Doctors with only a MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree are not AMC accredited surgeons as they are not trained for invasive surgical procedures. However in Australia it is not illegal for a medical practitioner (e.g. GP) to perform surgery. Doctors with minimal surgical training are also able to promote themselves as performing ‘Cosmetic Surgery’ (Australia Society of Plastic Surgeons Inc.)
A Doctor performing ‘Cosmetic Surgery’ or a ‘cosmetic Surgeon’ can simply complete a medical degree, followed by 1 year as a medical ‘Intern’ and then 1 or 2 years as a ‘Resident’ Medical Officer in a Hospital. They can then undergo a weekend workshop with a breast implant distributor – and start to perform Breast Augmentation surgery on patients. Many of these self-described ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ are not surgically trained. Which is why they refer to themselves as ‘Dr (Name)’ operating from a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic or some other brand name. They are not allowed legally to call themselves Surgeons as they are not trained as Surgeons.
ASPS members are Specialist Plastic Surgeons with extensive specialist training in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery (12 years total medical and surgical education). It is highly recommended that you do your research on the medical practitioner and clinic you are considering cosmetic surgery.
Technical Knowledge & Experience
Plastic Surgeons have been trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and have a comprehensive range of surgical techniques and solutions for a diverse range of patients with very different physiology. Chances are many ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ will lack the technical surgical expertise to operate with the full range of breast surgery options such as below or above the muscle and dual plane placement (including the 4 full levels of dual plane), round or anatomical shaped tear drop implants, even the periareolar (nipple) and axillary incision (armpit) incision sites. Many ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ adopt a ‘One-size-fits-all’ approach and invariably recommend a high profile, textured round implant, placed under the muscle, with a breast fold incision – because they do not have the technical surgical expertise to offer any other surgical option for your anatomy and aesthetic preferences – at least a Plastic Surgeon can offer you the full range of alternative breast surgery options in case this option is not ideal for you.
All of the Surgeons in Australia that perform cosmetic surgery on our CosMediTour patients are either Australian-trained and qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and Fellows of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS – Plastic Surgery) or have undergone the equivalent Plastic and Reconstructive specialist training and certification in their own countries to include the USA and United Kingdom, Brazil, France and Belgium. Some of our Australian-trained FRACS surgeons have also undertaken further specialised aesthetic breast surgery education in leading international institutions.
Our Plastic Surgeons in Thailand and Australia will recommend the surgery option that will provide you with the optimal surgical and aesthetic outcome – with no breast surgery technique or implant option beyond their skill levels.
Don’t risk your cosmetic surgery outcome with a Medical Practitioner who just doesn’t have the appropriate training, knowledge or technical expertise. Insist on having your procedure performed by a Medical Specialist with many years of surgical training.