Plastic Surgeon vs. Cosmetic Surgeon

Clarifying the Difference

All surgeons have differing levels of training, experience and expertise. Plastic surgeons practice plastic and reconstructive surgery, including cosmetic surgery. A doctor must be trained through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to qualify as a plastic surgeon. This involves a minimum of 8 years on top of their medical degree and once completed, the doctor achieves the qualification award - FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons). Only qualified plastic surgeons that have trained through RACS can become a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Plastic Surgeons not only have a more comprehensive view of the human body, but they have a broader and far more extensive range of surgical techniques and innovative solutions for complicated reconstructive problems. Plastic Surgeons are the pioneers and leaders in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

In Australia, many doctors who describe themselves as Cosmetic Surgeons are not Plastic Surgeons. Many of these doctors are not surgically trained. We recommend you check their credentials with the below organisations when considering any other cosmetic or plastic surgeon.

ASPS - 1300 367 446

RACS - (03) 9249 1200