When it comes to medical professionals, you need to be confident in the skills and experience of every practitioner you choose. Whether it’s a nutritionist to help you transform your diet or a plastic surgeon to help you achieve the appearance you’ve always wanted, putting your health and wellbeing in someone else’s hands should be a serious decision.
During most plastic surgery procedures, you’re put under anaesthesia. You rely completely on the knowledge and actions of the medical team to ensure that you’re kept safe. On top of that, the final result of your surgery relies on it. With so much riding on the actions of your surgeon, you need to ensure that you choose a professional with high quality training and qualifications. Here’s what to look out for.
Medical Training and Qualifications
Throughout your research phase, finding an experienced and reputable plastic surgeon should be a top priority. Specialist plastic surgeons are recognised by AHPRA and FRACS as fully qualified with training. This recognition allows them to adopt ‘plastic’, ‘cosmetic’ and ‘reconstructive’ – protected medical titles – into their official title. Their training should also be fully accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). In addition to AHPRA, FRACS and AMC recognition, you should also aim to find a surgeon recognised with ISAPS, ASAPS or ASPS.
Specialist plastic surgeons are accredited with the AMC following extensive medical education and training. In order to receive an accreditation, specialist plastic surgeons generally undergo a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education incorporating at least five years of specialist postgraduate training.
Provided by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and administered by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Inc (ASPS), surgeons complete five years of postgraduate training. Upon successful completion, qualified specialist plastic surgeons become “Fellows” of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and adopt FRACS into their title.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is responsible for the registration and accreditation of a number of health professions in Australia. Specialist plastic surgeons must complete training recognised and accredited by the AHPRA.
Finally, a specialist plastic surgeon should be recognised by either the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) or Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Recognition with any of these bodies indicates a surgeon’s quality of practice and commitment to upholding professional standards.
Experienced Plastic Surgeon in Perth
If you’re considering plastic surgery, do your research and ensure that you choose a specialist plastic surgeon with the required skills, training and qualifications. You should only ever select a surgeon who meets the strict requirements set out by the AMC, FRACS, AHPRA and ISAPS/ASAPS/ASPS.
As an experienced and specialised plastic surgeon in Perth, Dr. Chris Allen is a fully qualified and specialist surgeon completing a variety of plastic surgery procedures. Offering informative consultations and expert advice on a range of procedures, Dr. Chris Allen can help you achieve your desired aesthetic.