We understand that the decision to choose a plastic surgeon is one that is not taken lightly. 

Making this decision even more challenging is the reality that simply not all plastic surgeons are created equally.

Fortunately, as a prospective patient, there are a few important things you can do to ensure you are choosing an experienced, highly trained, and competent surgeon to perform your chosen procedure.

Is your plastic surgeon certified?

When researching prospective plastic surgeons, there are five important letters to look out for: FRACS.

FRACS stands for Fellow of the Australasian College of Surgeons. This acronym signifies that your surgeon has completed additional training and is certified to perform safe and effective surgical procedures in Australia. 

Have you assessed your surgeon’s website?

You can learn a lot about your surgeon from their website. Visit their biography and examine their training, education, qualifications, and appointments. 

You should also conduct independent research to explore what various credentials and memberships mean. A good plastic surgeon should have nothing to hide.

Does your surgeon have specific experience with your preferred procedure?

Many plastic surgeons offer a range of procedures, while others will focus on one speciality (such as breast or facial procedures). Neither is better than the other, but you should consider whether one approach is more important to you.

Can your surgeon clearly and honestly share risks, benefits, and complications?

While our surgeons are highly skilled in their craft, it is impossible to guarantee results.

One of the most important roles of a plastic surgeon is to deliver honesty and transparency.

Your plastic surgeon should be able to competently explain the risks associated with certain procedures, as well as any complications that may arise, in addition to the positive benefits. 

Do you understand what’s involved during recovery?

The journey with our Melbourne plastic surgeons extends far beyond the procedure itself. From the very first conversation to post-operative care, your surgeon is your number one support during this time.

It is critical that you understand what’s involved in your recovery, including post-operative care and follow-up appointments. Any type of plastic surgery is an important operation, and in order to maximise the success of your procedure, you must diligently follow post-care instructions.

Post-operative care is critical to ensure your body recovers correctly. Results are not immediate, so having a deep understanding of the recovery process can help you manage your expectations.

It’s your choice

At the end of the day, it’s ultimately your decision to proceed with surgery. Choosing to undergo a plastic surgery procedure is not a decision made lightly.

By meeting with prospective surgeons and understanding the right kinds of questions to ask, you can rest assured that you are truly making an informed decision.

If you’re interested in learning more about Melbourne plastic surgery, we invite you to get in touch with our team to organise a confidential consultation.

Call Brighton Plastic Surgery on (03) 9592 0522 or enquire online now

Meet our surgeons:

Mr Keith Mutimer

Mr Mutimer focuses on a range of surgery techniques, with a strong focus on facial surgery.

Associate Professor Ramin Shayan

A/Prof Ramin Shayan performs a range of plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic procedures for both men and women, with a strong focus on breast and body surgery

Dr Lipi Shukla

Dr Shukla has a strong interest in skin cancer surgery, hand surgery, and reconstructive microsurgery. 

Dr Rob Capstick

Dr Capstick has a strong interest in skin cancer surgery, hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery

A/Prof Ramin, Dr Shukla, and Dr Capstick are highly skilled and experienced skin cancer surgeons in Melbourne.