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Why Cosmetic Surgery?

Everybody deserves to feel good about themselves. For a variety of reasons, people may feel unhappy with some aspect of their appearance or how they present to others. Such feelings can lead to lack of self-esteem and confidence. This can lead to a justifiable desire to modify or improve ones appearance in some way.

There are many reasons people may feel they may wish to undergo some change to their appearance. Some of these include:

What is Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery offers individuals the choice to change and improve their appearance. However, pressure from advertising and media often trivialises the risks of plastic and cosmetic surgery. While fortunately the risks involved with surgery are uncommon, and procedures performed by properly trained plastic and cosmetic surgeons are very safe, remember that there are risks with every surgical procedure.

Plastic and cosmetic surgery aims to achieve improvement, not perfection, and it is very important to approach such surgery with realistic expectations. Patients who keep realistic expectations in mind report to be extremely satisfied with the results of their procedures. The improvements derived from plastic surgery can be life changing, elevating self confidence, self-esteem and well being. Some even find their professional prospects are improved.

Cosmetic Surgery is a form of plastic and reconstructive surgery, being born from the developments of this discipline. Its roots are therefore from when surgery was devised to improve appearance following traumatic or congenital defects. Thorough understanding of general surgical principles and anatomy are essential to the safe and quality practice of cosmetic surgery. Ensuring your procedure is performed by a fully trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon is of paramount importance in planning your surgery.

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Important Note when Choosing Your Surgeon

All surgeons have differing levels of training, experience and expertise.

Plastic surgeons practice cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery. A doctor must train through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to qualify as a plastic surgeon. This involves a minimum 10 years of extensive training and exams after graduation from medical school. Most surgeons are also members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a group whose members are ALL trained through RACS. In Australia, just about anyone with a basic medical degree (MBBS) is allowed to perform cosmetic surgery as there there is currently no legislation in place which stops any doctor, even your local GP, without having undergone formal surgical training calling themselves a ‘surgeon’.

Your only safeguard is to look for the letters FRACS under a doctor’s name and check that they are affiliated with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), as only fully qualified plastic surgeons have these titles and memberships. To find if your doctor is a real surgeon, go to www.surgeons.org/find-a-surgeon/. Alternatively go to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website on www.plasticsurgery.org.au/

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