Seeking Out A Good Plastic Surgeon

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If you have ever considered plastic surgery such as breast augmentation, you will know that there are a lot of considerations when it comes to choosing a surgeon. 

Just as it is with any other Australian service provider, choosing a surgeon can be quite the chore especially when you don’t know what to look out for.

Some women lean towards cheaper procedures, however the cheaper option may not always be the best choice for your health. 

Other women prefer to remain closer to home where they know they can receive appropriate follow up care after the surgery.

Whichever road you decide to take, we always recommend that you do your research and check that the doctor you choose is a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

It is interesting to note that currently in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons, on the other hand, have extensive surgical education and training including a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.

By consulting a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is trained, qualified, accredited and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons to perform your surgery, you can reduce your risks.

Understanding abbreviations after a doctors name can help you select a suitably qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

  • MBBS (bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery) – This abbreviation doesn’t mean that your doctor has been trained in surgery.
  • FRACS (fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) – A surgeon that has these letters after their name has undergone accredited training at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.   This is the only medical college in Australia that provides government accredited specialist training and qualifications for doctors to become surgeons.
  • FRACS (plastic and reconstructive) – This abbreviation is given to a commonwealth accredited plastic surgeon who has been trained by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and undergone 4 or more years of additional specialist training in plastic surgery.  
  • Your surgeon should also have the letters ASPS and ASAPS after their name to show they are a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

What is the difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?

Many people don’t realise but there are significant differences between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon. The main point of difference comes down to the training that they have undergone.  A Cosmetic Surgeon undergoes training at the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgeons.  They usually have FACCS after their name, which stands for fellow of Australian College of Cosmetic Surgeons.

Cairns Plastic Surgery

Dr Isolde Hertess is a respected, qualified Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Cairns for over 23 years.  She has a caring and approachable nature and offers compassionate support to her patients during their journey.  To name just a few of her qualifications…

  • She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) (plastic and reconstructive)
  • She is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).
  • Dr Hertess specialises in breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift and implant replacement as well as abdominoplasty,  face and neck lift, eyelid surgery and skin cancer surgery.

Contact us at Cairns Plastic Surgery.  Our entire team is dedicated to education and to achieving the best possible surgical outcomes.

Cairns Plastic Surgery

Ph: 07 4031 5755


Unit 4, Level 2, 193-197 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870