Choosing Your Surgeon - Guidelines for Patients

Dr Nicholas Lotz -Plastic SurgeonWhen choosing a surgeon to perform your surgery, it is important to ensure that they are properly trained to perform the procedure. Australian surgeons should be members of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and this can be confirmed by the letters FRACS after their name. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is the only surgical training body which is recognised by the Australian Medical Council. It is important to ensure that your surgeon has the letters FRACS after their name. Doctors claiming to be members of other institutions such as the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) are not recognised by the Australian Medical Council or the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as being qualified to perform surgery.

The difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon is additional training. At present, anyone with a basic medical degree may perform cosmetic surgery and promote themselves as a Cosmetic Surgeon. Only members of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons are Plastic Surgeons with extensive training. It takes an additional 8-10 years of advanced specialist training after graduating from medicine to qualify as a Plastic Surgeon.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as the only legitimate professional body representing the field of cosmetic surgery in this country.

Each member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is fully trained and qualified in Plastic Surgery, operates only in accredited surgical facilities, adheres to a strict code of ethics, and regularly attends continuing medical education courses.

Dr Nicholas Lotz is a member of:

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • The International Society of Auricular Reconstruction (ISAR)

You can contact the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons on 1300 367 446 to check if your surgeon is a qualified plastic surgeon.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 July 2015 )