Specialist Plastic Surgeons are the only body recognised by the Commonwealth and Australian Government as fully trained and qualified to perform invasive aesthetic (cosmetic) and reconstructive plastic surgery. The Medical Board of Australia states that the title “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” can only be used by Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) who are approved as Specialist Surgeons in Plastic Surgery.
The medical specialty of plastic surgery encompasses both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Specialist Plastic Surgeons complete more than 5000 procedures over the course of their training – of which, almost two-thirds have a cosmetic component. In fact, Specialist Plastic Surgeons draw from both reconstructive and cosmetic skills and training in order to deliver the optimal result for each patient, no matter the circumstance.