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    How do I choose a plastic surgeon for cosmetic plastic surgery?

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    Dr Janet Huang

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Skin cancer reconstruction - particulalry face Aesthetic surgery - face, breast and body Cancer reconstruction - head and neck, breast, sarcoma General paediatric surgery - … View Profile

    To check whether your chosen surgeon has been traineed by the Royal Australasian Colleage of Surgeons (on average 10 years minimum of surgical training from medical school graduation) 
    http://www.plasticsurgery.org.au/ 

  • Dr Gavin Sandercoe

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Enhancing lives through excellence in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. “I enjoy the technical challenge of complex reconstruction for trauma and cancer patients. Using knowledge … View Profile

    Your choice of plastic surgeon should come down to a few things.

    1. Surgeon's training. By choosing a fully qualified plastic surgeon you are guaranteed that the surgeon has completed a stringent training program. The easiest place to check on your surgeon is on the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website (www.plasticsurgery.org.au). If your surgeon does not appear on this website, check the AHPRA website for their real credentials.

    2. Your safety. Consider carefully if any cost cutting may put you or your health at risk. If your procedure requires anything other than local anaesthetic (even minor sedation), ask if it will be performed in an accredited day surgery or hospital facility, and if an anaesthetist will be looking after you.

    3. Your interpersonal realtionship with the surgeon. You need to feel that your surgeon is going to do a good job, and will be there for you if things do not go smoothly (as happens from time to time). “The World's Best Surgeon” that has the personality of an ant is usually not a good choice.

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    Dr Ross Farhadieh

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Mr Farhadieh, is a former recipient of the prestigious Surgeon Scientist Scholarship and an internationally renowned and recognised Australian trained plastic surgeon. Most recently he … View Profile

    This is an interesting quesion which comes up regularly. I have addressed this in other forums as well. It is not as clear for non medical people to discern through various "cosmetic surgeons" without fomral surgical training, qualification or self proclaimed experts.

    It is relatively simple however, a look into their training and background usually calrifies the issues reagring their qualification and training. 

    Plastic surgery requires surgical training, and obtaining FRACS(Plast) from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons after training and examination. Beyond which ideally you want them to have had cosmetic training beyond basic qualification. A check on their scientific publications usually gives an idea about their interests. 

    Once you are happy with their expertise, the interpesonal relations plays a fundamental role in a final successful outcome. Your relationship with your surgeon is a key part of your journey. My website has more details about surgical training. 

    www.panthea.com.au

    I hope this has helped. 

  • Dr Ross Farhadieh

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Mr Farhadieh, is a former recipient of the prestigious Surgeon Scientist Scholarship and an internationally renowned and recognised Australian trained plastic surgeon. Most recently he … View Profile

    This is an interesting quesion which comes up regularly. I have addressed this in other forums as well. It is not as clear for non medical people to discern through various "cosmetic surgeons" without fomral surgical training, qualification or self proclaimed experts.

    It is relatively simple however, a look into their training and background usually calrifies the issues reagring their qualification and training. 

    Plastic surgery requires surgical training, and obtaining FRACS(Plast) from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons after training and examination. Beyond which ideally you want them to have had cosmetic training beyond basic qualification. A check on their scientific publications usually gives an idea about their interests. 

    Once you are happy with their expertise, the interpesonal relations plays a fundamental role in a final successful outcome. Your relationship with your surgeon is a key part of your journey. My website has more details about surgical training. 

    www.panthea.com.au

    I hope this has helped. 

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