What is a Good Plastic Surgeon?

Published May 25, 2014

What is a Good Plastic Surgeon?

Are you in the market for the services of a plastic surgeon?

If you are interested in undergoing any of the number of surgical operations available then you will obviously need the services of a plastic surgeon. Needless to say, qualifications and level of experience can vary among plastic surgeons so it’s well worth the effort to make sure that you are entrusting your needs to a reliable and reputable plastic surgeon in Sydney.

So what are the things that you ought to look out for in an ideal plastic surgeon and what makes some of the best plastic surgeon in the business?

Do your research

Doing a fair amount of research will certainly go a long way in helping you find a reliable plastic surgeon for the job. Anyone looking to undergo any surgical procedure should arm themselves with as much information as possible prior to arranging a consultation with plastic surgeons in Australia.

Is your plastic surgeon qualified and duly accredited?

Take the time to look for proof and if necessary, ask your surgeon for evidence that that they are qualified to offer such a surgical procedure and have the necessary accreditation from a reputable medical body such as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australian Medical Council.

One of the first things that people ought to know about the profession of a plastic surgeon is that its legally possible for any medical doctor to offer such a procedure and yes that includes your local dentists or gynaecologists. While it’s not considered as anything illegal, how would you feel about having a dentist perform a liposculpture on you or any other surgical procedure? Hence its important to check for qualifications and certifications from a reputable medical body such as the ones mentioned above.

Now in order for a surgeon to receive certification and become accredited with a reputable medical body like the RACS and ASPS, a plastic surgeon must have graduated from a reputable medical school and served as a residential surgeon for no less than 5 years. If there is any doubt, a good surgeon should have no qualms presenting you with their qualifications and certifications at your request.

What procedures does your surgeon have experience in?

Keep in mind that even with all the certifications and accreditation that your surgeon might possess, he or she may not specialise in the procedure that you have in mind. Hence you might want to clarify the number of times that he or she has actually performed the procedure as it enables you to assess your surgeon’s level of skill and knowledge.

After all you wouldn’t want to entrust the procedure to someone who has only performed the procedure twice or thrice in their entire career and ideally a patient would want to know that they are entrusting their needs to somebody who knows what they are doing.


Another thing that you should look out for in your search for a plastic surgeon is testimonials. When consulting with a surgeon, take the time to ask for feedback or reviews from their previous clients that you can follow up on. A trustworthy surgeon should have no problems providing plenty of testimonials from their satisfied clients.

You might also want to check out “before” and “after” images of their previous work dealing with previous clients with cases that are a lot similar to yours which should provide you with a good idea about what to expect throughout the procedure.

So there you have it – some of the things that people ought to look out for in their search for a surgeon.

You can book a consultation with experienced surgeon Dr Tavakoli in Australia by calling us on 1300 368 107.

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.