Difference between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon

Mentor Allergan

In Australia, “cosmetic surgery” isn’t recognised as a separate area of medicine. This means that anyone with a medical degree can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon – even though they have no specialist training, or even comprehensive training in the procedures they perform.

Lured by the opportunity to make a lot of money, some medicos are ditching careers in dental surgery or family health to set up as cosmetic surgeons. Some are reading books or watching videos that offer “how-to” in procedures like liposuction, brow lifts and tummy tucks. This can potentially put patients at unnecessary risks.

Unlike cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery is regulated by a professional body and is recognised as a separate area of medicine in Australia. Plastic surgeons are governed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. They have to undergo intense training for five years after their medical degree to become a Fellow (FRACS).

Once a surgeon has become a Fellow of the Australasian College of Surgeons, they can then specialise in a particular procedure. “To become a highly-respected expert in a particular area, a plastic surgeon would have to perform the same procedure over and over again in order to fine tune their techniques” says Mr Craig Rubinstein, specialist breast plastic surgeon.

Mr Rubinstein’s patients know that they are in the best of hands as he has performed the same procedure on thousands of women over the years. Mr Craig Rubinstein is one of Australia’s respectable plastic surgeon who focuses on women’s breast augmentation, breast reduction and lift surgery as well as tummy tucks (abdominoplasty).

So next time you think about having cosmetic/plastic surgery, make sure you do your research on your surgeon. Read Mr Craig Rubinstein’s “Success Factors for Cosmetic Surgery”


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Last updated: 18/05/2018
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Dr Craig Rubinstein - MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Craig Rubinstein MBBS, FRACS (Plast), a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is one of Australia's most respected Melbourne Surgeons for Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction surgery and Abdominoplasty procedures. Using advanced surgical techniques to gain better body contouring and natural-looking surgical results, Dr Rubinstein is highly regarded by peers and patients for best-practice Clinic Patient-care and patient education strategies. He published a chapter on corrective surgery for Breast Asymmetry (see: https://clinicalgate.com/breast-asymmetries/) Dr Rubinstein, a Melbourne University medical graduate and current FRACS Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is renowned for his skill and precision with breast enhancement procedures. With over 20 years experience in female cosmetic procedures, he has performed over 7,000 breast enhancement surgery procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction, and thousands of Abdominoplasty procedures for women after pregnancy or weight changes (post-obesity/post-bariatric surgery).Qualifications/Training Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The Australian Medical Association (AMA) American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)Founder: Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men - Plastic Surgeons Group Bio Page: https://plasticsurgeons.com.au/dr-craig-rubinstein-plastic-surgeon/