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What is the difference between Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery? Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and cancer. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature. Cosmetic surgery is focused mainly on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques.

A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a Commonwealth Government accredited Plastic surgeon, trained and qualified to perform invasive reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery in public and private hospitals, and accredited day surgeries.

Whats is FRACS?

FRACS means Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The distinction is only awarded to specialist surgeons who have completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training. A Specialist Plastic Surgeon with the letters “FRACS Plastics” appearing after his or her name is accredited to perform invasive reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

What is RACS?

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has been recognised for over 80 years as the authoritative body for standards and training in surgical practice in Australia and New Zealand. RACS is accredited in Australia and New Zealand to train surgeons as competent, independently practising specialists in each of the nine surgical specialties.  RACS – (03) 9249 1200

Only qualified Plastic surgeons that have trained through RACS can become a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).    ASPS – 1300 367 446