Plastic Surgeons in Sydney

Published November 1, 2014

Plastic Surgeons in Sydney

Qualities to look out for in choosing plastic surgeons in Sydney

The decision to invest in the services of plastic surgeons in Sydney can be reconstructive or elective in nature. For most people, such decisions often come as a result of the latter but regardless of your reasons for doing so, it’s extremely important that you opt for a qualified and reputable plastic surgeon to perform the procedure for you. However the question remains – what are some of the qualities that one ought to look out for with regards to choosing a plastic surgeon?

What should you look out for in a plastic surgeon?

Now the truth is that any doctor can do a plastic surgery operation even without any specific knowledge and experience on the matter. Plastic surgery has become an extremely lucrative business over the decades and it comes to no surprise that there are a lot of so called surgeons out there with little to practically no qualifications. Hence you would want to make sure that your surgeon is someone that you can trust and actually knows what he is doing. Check the experience and qualifications of your prospective surgeon to avoid runnning into issues down the road.

A qualified and reputable plastic surgeon ought to possess an education from a recognised and accredited medical school. More importantly, he or she must possess a license in plastic surgery in particular which is different from general surgery. Such a license would ensure that your potential surgeon had undergone specialised training along with years of hands-on training and an extensive residency program. Most reputable plastic surgeons go on to specialise in certain types of procedures (breast augmentation mammoplasty, breast reconstruction mammoplasty, etc) which make them properly qualified and experienced in those particular procedures.

Of course there’s more to choosing a plastic surgeon than just having the required license. You can set the bar higher by going for plastic surgeons in Sydney that are certified by professional associations like the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). Surgeons with such professional associations possess at least 6 years of training from an accredited training institution and at least 3 years of experience as a professional plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons affiliated by some of the top professional associations in the country can be expected to adhere to the organisation’s ethical and professional standards. Opting for such a surgeon would give you the knowledge that the practices of your plastic surgeon are being monitored by reputable people in the industry and are a lot more likely to keep on top of current techniques and practices in plastic surgery.

Last but certainly not least –ask your plastic surgeon for their experiences and what do they actually know about whatever surgical procedure you may be interested in. The consultation process presents the best opportunity for you to do all that! Verify that such experiences are specific to plastic surgery as opposed to general surgery which is again a totally different matter. Some doctors moonlight as a plastic surgeon presenting over a decade of experience but actually possess only a year or two of specific experience in plastic surgery. Call us on 1300 368 107 to arrange a consultation with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon in Sydney!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an Australian-trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the International Society (ISAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is knowledgeable in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the world on these topics.