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Breast Surgery- Why The Qualifications of your Surgeon Matter

When considering any type of invasive cosmetic surgery, it’s important to know the qualifications of your surgeon. ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ and ‘Plastic Surgeon’ mean very different things.

Currently in Australia, anyone with a medical degree can call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon, which may wrongly imply they have additional qualifications, training and experience equivalent to accredited specialists – known as Plastic Surgeons.

A range of doctors currently market themselves as Cosmetic Surgeons, primarily General Practitioners.

By comparison, a Specialist Plastic Surgeon will have undertaken a minimum of seven years additional training after obtaining their medical degree. Plastic surgeons are admitted as Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), which awards them the status of Specialist.  Most will become a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which provides specific guidelines that Specialist Plastic Surgeons must follow. Cosmetic Surgeons do not fall under any of these guidelines or training.

Choosing a surgeon for a breast reduction or breast lift

We recommend you seek a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has extensive experience in undertaking breast surgery, to ensure your safety. As part of your research, ask these questions:

  • Is your surgeon a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
  • Are they accredited through the Royal Australian College of Surgeons?
  • Are they a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • How many years of experience do they have?
  • Are they experts in the procedure that you want?
  • Can they talk you through the risks?
  • Do they work with accredited and licensed facilities/hospitals?

Dr Mark Edinburg (MBBCH, FRACS, ASPS), Medical Director at The Eden Institute, has over 20 years of experience in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His specialist training gives him the skills to treat any breast procedure- after all a cosmetic procedure is always a reconstruction first, besides being cosmetic.

At the Eden Institute, patient safety comes first. Dr Edinburg performs all surgical procedures in licensed and accredited hospitals, working with professional and specialist anaesthetists and qualified clinical teams.

If you’d like to find out more about any of the skilled professionals working at The Eden Institute or the services we offer give us a call on (02) 8814 5800 and book in for a consultation!

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