Warning Not to Downplay the Risks Involved with Cosmetic Surgery

Posted on Thursday, 2 August 2018

At the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS) Combined Conference, that’s being held in Auckland from 2-5 August, International Keynote Speaker and Professor of Plastic Surgery at Emory University, Atlanta USA, Dr Foad Nahai, said the risks involved in cosmetic surgery should not be downplayed.


“Just like having your appendix out, or your wisdom teeth removed, surgical cosmetic treatments are invasive procedures, and the decision to have them performed, should not be taken lightly.”

“It’s gravely concerning, and I hear this the world over, that there are companies set up with the very intent to lure people in for cosmetic procedures at cut-price clinics, often in countries where many of the medical protections you are afforded in first-world countries are removed.”

“People find it hard enough to distinguish between the qualifications of medical practitioners in their home country.  When you take this up to a global level, how do you check the qualifications of your surgeon?  How do you know if their skills are of a certain standard?  Can you be guaranteed they will be there on the day, or that you will be provided adequate aftercare?” Dr Nahai said.


Dr Nahai said he was delighted to have been asked to the ASAPS and NZAPS Combined Conference to speak.

ASAPS and NZAPS play a pivotal advocacy role on behalf of patients to ensure that their members have the surgical skills, training and ongoing educational opportunities to ensure patient safety.”

“Nowadays, thanks to social media platforms and global connectivity, patients are savvier about their expected surgical outcomes.”

Specialist Plastic Surgeons have a duty of care to their patients to ensure that they can achieve, if not exceed these expectations, but that starts with the patients having a realistic expectation of surgery and what can be achieved.”

Cosmetic surgery, with its growth and progressive normalisation, set against a backdrop of regulation with gaping holes and a lack of enforcement, leave it wide open for unscrupulous providers to prey on the vulnerable who are battling body image issues.”


“I would implore patients considering cosmetic surgery to do their due diligence.  Find out all they can about the procedure, what their recovery will be like, and to make sure their surgeon is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with a Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons [FRACS (Plast)] to ensure they are in safe hands,” Dr Nahai said.

To check a Surgeon’s qualifications in Australia visit the Medical Board of Australia, or in New Zealand, it’s the Medical Council of New Zealand.


Media contacts:

ASAPS – Julia Power, email: jpower@asaps.org.au or mobile: + 61 414 276 990

NZAPS: Lizzie Price, email: liz@cmq.co.nz or mobile: +64 276 957 744

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