I got 99 problems but finding a surgeon ain’t one
Deciding on a surgeon can be the single most important decision you will make in your cosmetic surgery journey.
Here is what you need to know…
Not all surgeons are created equal. In Australia, any doctor, regardless of surgical training can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, which lets face it, is ridiculously misleading.
Make sure your surgeon has proper qualification.
In Australia, the only recognised body for surgical training is The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Any surgeon who has successfully obtained a fellowship will have FRACS next to their name.
Read about other peoples experiences with the surgeons that you are interested in. Are they happy? How has the surgeon handled complications?
You can read our verified surgeon reviews here.
- Before and after pictures:
A bit of a contentious topic, before and after pictures can be helpful and unhelpful. You need to remember that each patient is different and that your results are not going to be identical to someone else’s.
However, choosing a surgeon who produces results that are consistent with the look you want to achieve can be helpful in narrowing down your choices. Try and find before pictures that best resemble your starting point so you can get a sense of what your results may look like.
- Play the field:
No need for surgeon loyalty here. Multiple consultations are definitely beneficial. Meeting more then one surgeon will keep your options open and can help you validate your choice.
Even if you think you have found the one, keep your options open until you have had a consultation either through Skype or in person.
Think of your consult like a first date. Now is the time to get to know them and make sure you mesh well. You need to feel comparable around your surgeon to talk to them and to be able to raise any concerns you might have with them after your surgery.