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Why does this website exist?
It has come about because of the growing concern amongst Gold Coast Plastic Surgeons that patients are being misinformed by doctors who are not surgeons misleading patients on the Gold Coast and attempting operations well beyond their level of ability.


This leads to unsatisfactory results, unhappy patients and gives cosmetic surgery a bad name.

The purpose of this website is to provide information to the general public of the Gold Coast that will help them make an informed decision as to how to pick an appropriately qualified surgeon to perform their cosmetic surgery.

What qualifications does a doctor need to have in Australia in order to perform surgery?
Most people find it very surprising that no regulations govern what type of medical practitioner can perform plastic surgery procedures.


General practitioners, many who have not been through rigorous training, perform plastic surgery procedures.


This is legal in Australia.


They often call themselves 'Cosmetic Surgeons' although in Queensland recent legislation states that a doctor must only describe themselves by the qualifications that they have.


All surgeons in Australia have to undergo rigorous training and examinations in surgery to obtain the degree “Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


This is abbreviated as “FRACS” and is the most important qualification to look for when determining if your selected surgeon is actually a surgeon.

Surgeons specialize in different branches of surgery, for example, orthopaedics, heart surgery etc.


The one thing they all have in common is that they have completed their surgical training supervised by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and all have the same “FRACS” qualification after their name.

General practitioners DO NOT have these qualifications and cannot describe themselves as surgeons because they have not been trained by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in Australia are members of a society known as the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


The logo of the ASPS identifies Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons who are members of this society.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Incorporated (ASPS) is a not-for- profit membership organisation representing Plastic Surgery in Australia.


ASPS is authorised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to administer post graduate surgical training programs for the specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

ASPS promotes research in the specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.


Medicare Australia recognises all ASPS members as specialist plastic surgeons.

Plastic Surgery incorporates both Reconstructive and Cosmetic surgery.


ASPS promotes, develops and advances the practice of Plastic Surgery throughout Australia.


ASPS aims to maintain the highest standard of surgical practice and ethics in Plastic Surgery in Australia in order to provide the highest quality plastic surgery care to all Australians.

The difference between Plastic Surgeons and other Medical Practitioners is specialist training.

Many health care providers are now performing cosmetic procedures, but that doesn’t mean they’re all qualified to perform plastic surgery.


ASPS Member Surgeons are trained in plastic surgery that encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

All Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons are distinguished by these unique attributes:

  • Members are bona fide specialist plastic surgeons who are in full-time plastic surgery practice.
  • Are certified by the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to perform plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.
  • Members have undertaken a minimum of 12 years education and training.
    Members hold a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS Plast) or its equivalent.
  • Operate only in accredited medical facilities.
  • Adhere to a strict code of ethics.
  • Fulfil continuing professional development requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.