Choosing your Surgeon

Making the decision to undergo plastic surgery can sometimes be daunting, often exciting, but always an extremely personal choice. We at Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary are excited that you may consider taking that journey with us, and will strive to give you the best of care from the first time you see us, till long after your procedure is complete.

Patients choose to have plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. For some it is the end of a journey of significant weight loss or to combat the signs of aging. For many mothers it is to rediscover the body they had prior to one or multiple children. Other patients have scars or injuries that have been unappealing from an aesthetic or functional point of view and they would like this corrected. Many young women ask for breast enhancement surgery to accentuate their femininity.

Plastic surgical procedures are also no longer the exclusive province of women – more and more men are choosing to erase the visible signs of aging through both surgical and non-surgical means. Male anti-wrinkle injections (‘brotox’) is one of the most rapidly-increasing procedures being performed and our experts at Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary can tailor a treatment package that suits you perfectly. Surgery to remove heavy eyelids or bags under the eyes can help rejuvenate the face and stop you from looking tired in the boardroom or office.

As we age, it is only our physical form that changes. Mentally our attitudes, zest for living and youthful outlook on life often remain the same. This can create some discord as the person that is looking back at you in the mirror bears little resemblance to the person that you feel you are inside. This conflict can be harmonized with plastic surgical procedures and often even simple non-surgical procedures can go a long way to rejuvenating your appearance and hence how you feel about yourself.

Dr Rohit J Kumar at Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary is a highly trained, rigorously examined and board-certified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. This is different to a Cosmetic Surgeon which is a term used by a variety of doctors who perform a limited number of procedures in the cosmetic spectrum. For a more detailed explanation of the difference between a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon please see the section below.

Plastic Surgeon Vs Cosmetic Surgeon

All surgery is serious and carries risk. Make sure you check your surgeon’s qualifications, and whether their training is fully accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). This is the only government-mandated body in Australia that can accredit specialist surgical training. Ask your surgeon to show you their Specialist Plastic Surgeon accreditation by the AMC. Some surgeons may claim to be Cosmetic Surgeons, which can be a misleading title as most ‘cosmetic surgeons’ do not have any specialist accreditation with the AMC.

Your surgeon should have FRACS after their name. This stands for Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Similar letters may be used, so take care not to be misled.

Unfortunately, due to the current regulations in Australia, even doctors with basic medical degrees can call themselves surgeons… this may turn out to be a person with no formal surgical training at all. You should choose a doctor with the training to give you your best results, and manage any complications that may occur.

AMC Accredited Plastic Surgeons

Surgeons who display the logo of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are accredited by the AMC to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This means they have undertaken, on average, an additional seven to ten years of AMC-accredited training after receiving their basic medical degree.

This is the highest level of training available in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in Australia. All members of ASPS are entitled to use the letters FRACS after their name and are AMC-accredited.

Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons adhere to a strict code of ethics, and are required to fulfill continuing education requirements that include maintenance of clinical standards and innovations in patient safety.

Plastic Surgeons are trained in a broad range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, and are at the forefront of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic solutions. Reconstructive surgery requires skills and the knowledge of latest innovations and techniques that would be beyond the training of other surgeons.

In June 2010, the Medical Board of Australia designated that all doctors should only use their allocated specialist titles. Be sure that your surgeon is using a title that is recognised by the Medical Board of Australia and is the correct one allocated to them and not one that belongs to another specialty.

Further information on choosing your surgeon and whether they are accredited to perform complex Plastic Surgical procedures can be found at the following websites:

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
For more information on plastic surgery qualifications Myths and Truths about Plastic Surgery
The Four Corners Report on the Rules & Regulations of Cosmetic Surgery
Australian Doctor: Cosmetic Surgery Standards
Sydney Morning Herald Patients At Risk