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Plastic Surgeon vs. Cosmetic Surgeon

When searching for a plastic surgeon for any operation, many patients are not aware of the difference between plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons. Cosmetic surgery can be performed by many physicians, however they do not have the credentials that plastic surgeons work very hard to earn. This means that cosmetic surgeons are not under the strict guidance boards with proper credentials.

Boards such as the ASAPS, FRACS and ISAPS ensure that plastic surgeons hold the highest possible qualifications, skills, judgement, safety knowledge and ethics in their field. These boards are committed to improving patient experiences, through thoroughly researched clinical trials. Members must be certified by these boards to be qualified plastic surgeons. Cosmetic surgeons belong to other boards, and can be specialists in numerous other medical areas. Due to this, cosmetic surgery does not need to match the high standards of plastic surgery. The results can be disastrous, particularly when people with no medical training refer to themselves as cosmetic surgeons.

Dr Turner is a shining example of a certified plastic surgeon. He is a certified member of ASAP, FRACS and ISAPS. These boards are very thorough, and it can take months to become certified. Only when a surgeon is certified (after years of education and residency) can they perform surgery in most hospitals.

Before you consider any plastic surgery procedure, ensure that you are seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon. Anyone can say they are cosmetic surgeon, however to be a plastic surgeon requires rigorous training and industry expertise.

For further information, watch the 60 Minutes story, Cosmetic Cowboys.

Credit to: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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  • Australian Society of Plastic Surgery
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  • Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
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