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Choosing Your Surgeon

Deciding to have surgery and choosing your surgeon can be a significant decision.

It is important that you have a clear understanding of the nature of the surgical procedure to be performed and ensure that your surgeon is fully qualified and trained to the highest standards to carry out the procedure.

Many health care providers are now performing cosmetic procedures, but that does not mean they are all qualified to perform plastic surgery. ASPS Member Surgeons are trained in plastic surgery, which encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS):

  • are Fellows of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
  • are the only cosmetic plastic surgery specialists recognised as specialists in this discipline by Medicare Australia.
  • have completed all the Surgical Education and Training requirements in the specialty of plastic surgery, which takes at least 7 years post medical school graduation.
  • operate in accredited medical facilities.
  • adhere to a strict code of ethics.
  • fulfil continuing professional development requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
  • participate in volunteer plastic surgery organisation such as Interplast which provide Plastic Surgery to more than 20 countries in need.

Not all doctors who practice cosmetic surgery are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons FRACS (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery), which is fully accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Although some doctors may call themselves cosmetic surgeons they are not entitled to be members of ASPS.

ASPS is the major training section in Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

Members of ASPS are accredited plastic surgery specialists with extensive post graduate surgical training.

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Mr Geoff Barnett is fully trained and qualified in Plastic Surgery.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a member of:

  • The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)