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What is The Difference between a ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ and ‘Plastic Surgeon’?

Medi Makeovers ONLY offers Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, and although there are many advertised surgeries in Australia from Cosmetic Clinics that claim to be the same as what you’ll get overseas without having to travel abroad – it is definitely NOT the same service. Plastic surgeons undertake a minimum of seven years of additional training once they have obtained their medical degree and most likely become members of their country’s Plastic Surgeons’ Association (board), which provides specific guidelines that practitioners must follow. Plastic surgeons are also usually members of specific associations in which they are trained (e.g. facial surgery, breast reconstruction, etc.), which awards them the status of a specialist. ALL Medi Makeovers surgeons are Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons. In Australia, to qualify as a fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) – note that NOT all ‘cosmetic’ surgeons are, members must be at least five years postgraduate and have worked for a minimum of three years in a surgical environment. The college then provides two years of specialist training, and members are audited annually.