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How To Choose A Surgeon For Rhinoplasty Or Septoplasty Surgery

Whether you are considering nasal surgery for cosmetic reasons or to address breathing difficulties, choosing the right surgeon for your procedure is the most important decision you need to make. You have to choose between plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and ENT surgeons – it can be a difficult choice.

Ideally, you should choose a surgeon who you feel comfortable with and has lots of experience in performing nasal surgery. It is important to have consultations, ask lots of questions and see what results they have been able to achieve with their patients. The results should look natural for each individual.

Cosmetic vs Plastic Surgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgery is performed to correct physical abnormalities which are the result of birth defects, diseases or accidents. Plastic surgeons repair cleft palates, repair skin damaged by burns and reconstruct breasts after mastectomy. In contrast, cosmetic surgery is usually performed on normal, healthy people to improve their appearance. The safe provision of both types of surgery requires extensive training, experience and expertise.

What Do The Qualifications Mean?

Plastic surgical Fellows of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, including the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons of England have completed post graduate training in plastic surgery and work under strict professional and ethical guidelines. However, training in plastic surgery does not necessarily mean training in cosmetic surgery, so it is important to establish whether your surgeon has undertaken dedicated training in cosmetic surgery. In Australia, the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery is the only College that offers formal training and accreditation in cosmetic medicine and surgery. Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons also perform rhinoplasty and septoplasty surgery and have their own professional association.

If the Surgeon you consult doesn’t have their qualifications on display, you should ask to see them.

Choosing a Surgeon with these professional qualifications makes it more likely that you will get a result you are happy with and will potentially reduce the risk of complications.

The Surgeons of NorthEast Plastic Surgery have undergone rigorous surgical training and their expertise is the result of extensive experience in cosmetic plastic surgery.

Next Step

If you are considering rhinoplasty or septoplasty surgery and have questions you would like to ask or if you would like to book a confidential consultation at a cost of $140, click below or call (03) 9088 5000 for the Melbourne practice or (07) 3180 3400 for the Brisbane practice. The Cosmetic Surgery Co-ordinators of NorthEast Plastic Surgery will organise a consultation with Mr Tansley or Dr Seneviratne who are highly qualified and experienced surgeons. They will assess your individual requirements and discuss your preferences.


NorthEast Plastic Surgery has been designed to offer a bespoke and unrivalled cosmetic plastic surgical service of superlative standard and quality. Dr Seneviratne and Mr Tansley share their Australian and British plastic and cosmetic surgery experience in these educational articles.

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