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Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Often in the media we see and hear of plastic surgery procedures ending badly for patients. It is these events that highlight the importance of seeking out a plastic surgeon with reputable and trustworthy credentials – one that you know will treat you with the care you deserve. 

It’s no small decision to decide to have plastic surgery – many procedures have the ability to change your life and can affect the way you look and feel, hence it is important to take time to ensure the Plastic Surgeon you choose is right for you.

Continue reading to find out Eden’s top three things to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon.

  1. Credentials

When ensuring you are making an informed decision about which Plastic Surgeon is right for you, it’s important to understand the difference between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon. Cosmetic Surgeon’s often don’t have any formal surgical training at all, and for this reason, offer cheaper services. That’s because ‘cosmetic’ is a word, not a Specialist Training program, whereas ‘Specialist Plastic Surgeon’ refers to the extensive specialist training discussed below, in the next paragraph. To further try and cut costs, many Aussies are even heading to other countries, where they’re promised plastic surgery deals for less than half the price – our recommendation: your safety is not something you can simply put a price on. Many price cuts in overseas countries are due to the hospital conditions , as well as the fact that the surgeons do not subscribe to our very high Australian standards of training and compliance.

Dr Edinburg is a specially trained expert and is accredited in cosmetic and plastic surgery. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS); the distinction is only awarded to specialist surgeons who have completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training. As well as this, he is also a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) whose members are all specialist plastic surgeons. Dr Edinburg is also a member of The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), ASAPS USA and The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).

  1. Safety and Facilities

Safety during any surgery often depends on the available operating facility. A few important things to look out for when deciding upon a facility for your procedure are firstly; a clean operating room, and secondly a team of experienced support staff. Does the facility adhere to our very strict Australian medical criteria? How do you know what quality instruments, sterilisation and products are being used?

The Eden Institute is a fully-equipped medical facility that uses reputable products with medical history to ensure the safest results for all patients. Dr Edinburg will assess and then recommend whether your surgery allows for operating at Eden Institute, or whether it requires hospital admission at one of the licensed registered hospitals he utilises.

  1. Experience

Every single area of surgery requires a different skill set so it’s important to ensure you choose a plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience in the specific procedure you plan to have.

As stated above, Dr Edinburg is a member of FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons). This title is only awarded to those specialist surgeons who have completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training – showing how experienced and specialised Dr Edinburg is at his craft. ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS are all associations that only Specialist Plastic Surgeons with appropriate Specialist credential can belong to.

Dr Edinburg has over 20 years’ experience in the reconstruction and cosmetic field- he uses his expertise with reconstruction to treat all his patients, as the basic core training as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon is equally applicable to skin cancers, benign lesions and all types of cosmetic surgeon. This set of skills is unique to Plastic Surgeons.

For more information, or to book in for a consultation, contact the Eden Institute on 8814 5800.

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