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So what are the differences between Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and general practitioners performing cosmetic surgical procedures?

Comment on the ACCS

If you had a Ferrari that needed a service would you go to specialist Ferrari service centre or the local garage?
If you answered local garage then read no further
If you answered Specialist Ferrari service centre then you will understand that the appropriate person to perform your surgery is a specialist and not a general practitioner.

Why is this so important in medicine?
Plastic Surgeons do things differently than general practitioners

All surgery carries risks – What is the best way to minimize them?

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are different from general practitioners for the following reasons:

  • Their training and continuing education
  • Their ability to make the correct diagnosis
  • Their treatment - surgical and non surgical
  • Their post operative / treatment care
  • The anaesthetic
  • The facility they work in

Frequently asked questions
Plastic surgery abroad
FRACS logo
Other qualifications – ACCS A group made up of a general practitioners and others
They do perform non-surgical procedures hence the organization does have a role
When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
Plastic surgeons are trained in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. As they have experience in a wide range of treatments they are best able to recommend the best treatment options for their patients.
Accredited facilities versus non-accredited facilities
Use of specialist anaesthetists versus general practitioners giving anesthetics versus doing the operation and giving the anaesthetic at the same time.How do I choose my surgeon?