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IS PLASTIC SURGERY THE SAME AS COSMETIC SURGERY?

PLASTIC SURGERY VS. COSMETIC SURGERY – THERE IS A DIFFERENCE

Working out the difference between plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons can be hard. Did you know that plastic surgeons can position themselves as cosmetic surgeons but the reverse isn’t always true? 

Before we dive into the difference between plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons, let’s take a quick look at the two categories of plastic surgery: reconstructive and cosmetic.

COSMETIC SURGERY

Cosmetic surgery aims to address aesthetic concerns with the body by enhancing or reshaping certain body parts. Unless there is an underlying medical issue, cosmetic surgery is not covered by Medicare.

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Reconstructive surgery addresses aesthetic and functional issues with the body. These issues may be caused by congenital or developmental abnormalities, trauma, disease and even other unsuccessful plastic surgeries. In most instances, reconstructive surgeries are covered by Medicare.

SO WHO CAN DO WHAT?

Any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon – whether they’ve trained as an oral surgeon, a dermatologist – even a General Practitioner. Cosmetic surgery training focuses exclusively on aesthetic procedures. But these same doctors cannot call themselves plastic surgeons.

A plastic surgeon is trained in reconstructive surgery as well as cosmetic surgery. They are medical doctors who have completed a minimum of 9 years of intensive surgical training through an accredited plastic surgery residency program certified by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). This RACS Fellowship is the only qualification in plastic and cosmetic surgery recognized by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

At Plastic Surgery Queensland, all of our surgeons are board-certified FRACS Plastic & Reconstructive surgeons. You can find their qualifications here.

Read more about plastic surgeons vs cosmetic surgeons in the next blog below.

BRISBANE
Suite 2.02
550 Stanley St
Mater Private Clinic
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
(07) 3844 6069
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SUNSHINE COAST
19/5 Innovation Parkway,
Birtinya
QLD 4575
(07) 5437 9333
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NOOSA
197 Weyba Road,
Noosaville
QLD 4566
(07) 5437 9333
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GOLD COAST
109 West Burleigh Rd
Burleigh Waters,
QLD 4220
(07) 3844 6069
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Plastic Surgery Queensland advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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