Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery is a big
Do your research.
Know the facts.
Understand the risks.
Know the difference.

ASAPS represents a culture of excellence, education and ethics in plastic & cosmetic surgery.

Today’s plastic and cosmetic surgery market is complex and confusing. Consumers are overwhelmed by choice. They may be misinformed about a surgeon’s skills and training, unaware of potential risks or lured by cheap deals. The industry has changed but standards of excellence must not.

Do You Know the Difference?

There is an existing patient safety issue in Australia and New Zealand in the Cosmetic Surgery industry. Practitioners who are not formally registered as specialist surgeons in plastic surgery are carrying out procedures under fake titles and, as a result. are exposing unsuspecting consumers to invasive surgical procedures, with a risk of a negative outcome.

Legislation to protect the title ‘surgeon’ was passed on 13 September 2023. The change means that a medical practitioner can only use the title of ‘surgeon’ (including ‘cosmetic surgeon’) if they are registered and completed training in one of the following recognised specialties: surgery, ophthalmology, obstetrics, and gynaecology.

To help raise awareness of this problem and improve patient safety, ASAPS has launched Know The Difference.

We're Specialist Plastic Surgeons,
always with a focus on patient safety.


Quality and Safety should always come first

World-class standards require world-class FRACS qualified surgeons