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Choosing A Surgeon For Liposuction Surgery

Australians are increasingly embracing cosmetic surgery as a means of improving self-esteem by creating a more positive body image. However, its popularity has meant that the demand for cosmetic surgical services is high and the industry isn't as regulated as other areas of medical practice. How do you know if the person performing your procedure has the right skills and training?

Ideally, you should choose a surgeon who you feel comfortable with and has lots of experience in performing liposuction. While it is easy to be persuaded by good marketing you should put your trust in a surgeon with extensive training, experience and expertise.

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. In Australia, any medical doctor or specialist can perform cosmetic procedures without necessarily undertaking the training required to safely perform these procedures.

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.

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 liposuction Melbourne or liposuction Brisbane 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 in regard to liposuction surgery.


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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