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What is a cosmetic surgeon?
According to the Medical Board of Australia, under current Australian law, practitioners do not need to be a fully-qualified plastic surgeon to perform cosmetic surgery.
“Even a GP who has done no training can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon,” says Board Chair, Dr Joanna Flynn.
A news story by the Daily Mail Australia highlights this issue, serving as a harsh warning to anyone considering cosmetic surgery.
“Unaccredited medical practitioners without specialist surgical accreditation from the Australian Medical Association can legally perform cosmetic surgery in Australia,” the report states. Read the full report here.
Have undergone extensive training to perform invasive surgical procedures covering all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, frequently undertaking fellowship training overseas with experienced plastic surgeons; and
Are members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as the only legitimate professional body representing the field of cosmetic surgery in Australia.