Is there a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon?

Simple answer: Yes.

A trained Plastic surgeon, has completed not only a medical degree, but an additional 8-10 years in post graduate surgical training. Two to five of these years are spent in surgical training and another four years in specialty Plastic and Reconstructive surgery training. The standard of Plastic surgery training in Australia is world class. The training in Plastic surgery attracts a qualification called the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). You should look for this sign when you visit your surgeon.However, to call yourself a cosmetic surgeon, you only need have a basic medical degree. There are absolutely no legal requirement for doctors to train in surgery and call themselves a’ surgeon’, and there are many doctors performing breast operations and other procedures which would normally be undertaken by a Plastic Surgeon.