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Plastic Surgery Regulation Laws

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons understands the many different options patients have when considering plastic surgery. This includes who to ask for advice or recommendations, how to select the best surgeon, as well as understanding what is actually involved to ensure your safety. Making these life-changing decisions can be daunting if you don’t know where to turn.

Only Specialist Plastic Surgeons are accredited by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, through the Australian Medical Council, to perform all reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. Through our website, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons will help prepare you to find an accredited Specialist Plastic Surgeon and provide you with important information to make your decision easier.

The highest quality plastic surgery care to all Australians

Currently in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery. Only Specialist Plastic Surgeons, have a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, and 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: When making your decision in selecting your surgeon, remember that the Medical Board of Australia states that the “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) approved specialist surgeons in the recognised specialty of Plastic Surgery.

Is your selected surgeon qualified to be called a “Specialist Plastic Surgeon”?

Selecting the right Plastic Surgeon for you

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons represents all areas of Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Your General Practitioner is a trusted source to help you select a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Read our list of questions which you can take to your consultation. Read More

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons and consults with State and Federal Governments and legislative and regulatory authorities to advocate for patients to ensure the highest level of Plastic Surgery care for all Australians.

What is Plastic Surgery?

Reconstructive surgery is concerned with improving bodily function and performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumours or disease.

Cosmetic surgery is designed to improve a person’s aesthetic appearance by altering or reshaping a bodily feature whereas plastic surgery encompasses both cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Information for General Practitioners

As a General Practitioner, we understand your advisory role to patients seeking Plastic Surgery is critical. As Australia’s peek body for Specialist Plastic Surgery, ASPS is able to help you guide your patients to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, as recognised by the Medical Board of Australia and who has the highest level of plastic surgery care. Read More

We have also compiled reference material and questions on this site that you can share with your patients to help them become more informed and educated with the processes involved in selecting a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and their procedure. Read More

Training to become a Specialist Plastic Surgeon

The specialty of Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is one of nine surgical specialties governed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Entry into the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program is highly competitive.

Trainees for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery are competitively selected based on their potential to become the best surgical leaders and ability to provide the highest quality of patient care.

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