4 Things To Look For In Your Plastic Surgeon


Recently, we’ve seen far too many stories in the media of plastic surgery procedures that have ended tragically in patient deaths or severe negative outcomes. Events like this are extremely distressing, and highlight the importance of seeking out a surgeon with reputable credentials, who you know will treat you with the care you deserve.

Having plastic surgery is no small decision. It’s a procedure that will change your life, permanently affecting the way you look and feel. Similarly, your choice of plastic surgeon is something you live with for years – if not for life – so it’s imperative that you have complete confidence in the person you entrust to carry out this procedure.

Cosmetic Surgeons vs Plastic Surgeons

Currently, under Australian law, anyone with a basic medical degree is allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. In Australia many doctors who call themselves cosmetic surgeons are not plastic surgeons. These doctors often don’t have any formal surgical training at all and for this reason, offer cheaper services. To further try and cut costs, many Aussies are even heading to Asian countries like Thailand where they’re promised plastic surgery deals for less than half the price.

While these ‘surgeons’ may charge a discounted price, ending up in the hands of a cheap inexperienced surgeon will cost you more in the long run, leading to additional costs and time to try and fix your poor results – not to mention the distress and disappointment that you simply can’t put a price on.

Here are the top four things to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon.

1.       Check Your Surgeon’s Credentials

To ensure you are making an informed decision, it’s important to check a surgeon’s qualifications, experience and credentials. While credentials can’t guarantee a positive outcome, they can significantly reduce your risk and help you rest easy knowing you’re in well-trained hands. Dr Edinburg is a specially trained expert and is accredited in cosmetic and plastic surgery by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS)– the only statutory recognised body for training of plastic surgeons in Australia. He is also a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons(ASPS) whose members are all specialist plastic surgeons.


2.       Experience in the Procedure You Want

Each area of cosmetic surgery requires a different set of skills – just think about the difference between operating on a nose comprised of bone and cartilage compared to operating on a breast made up of soft tissue. Be sure to find a plastic surgeon who shares your aesthetic sensibility and has plenty of experience in the specific procedure you plan to have.


3.       Safety and the Operating Facility

Your safety during your surgery largely depends on the operating facility. Some things to look out for when choosing a facility for your procedure is experienced support staff, a clean operating room and adequate equipment to respond to emergency situations. The Eden Institute is a fully-equipped medical facility that uses only reputable products with medical and scientific history to ensure the best and safest results for all patients. Dr Edinburg will assess and recommend to you whether your surgery requires operating at Eden Institute, or whether it requires hospital admission at one of the licensed registered hospitals he utilises for his surgery.


4.       Emotional Connection

Both before and after your surgery, you will be spending a fair bit of time with your surgeon, which is another reason why opting for cheap plastic surgery in Thailand is not the ideal path when making the decision to go under the knife. Feeling comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon and their support team makes a massive difference to how happy you are with your results, particularly if there are bumps in the road to achieving your new look.

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Sydney Plastic Surgeon