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Know the Difference: News Articles in the Australian

Posted on Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Our #KnowTheDifference campaign is gaining momentum with two articles appearing on Page 3 of The Australian newspapers – one on Tuesday, 29th December and another on Wednesday, 30th December.

As you know, we have launched this national campaign to educate consumers on the importance of knowing  the difference between a registered Specialist Plastic Surgeon and those who portray themselves as Cosmetic Surgeons, a fabricated title that is not recognised by regulators in Australia or New Zealand. The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has launched a campaign to educate consumers on the key differences between registered plastic surgeons and those purporting to be. It has also called for greater regulatory industry oversight.

Some excerpts:

‘The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has launched a campaign to educate consumers on the key differences between registered plastic surgeons and those purporting to be. It has also called for greater regulatory industry oversight.

While registered plastic surgeons require eight to 12 years of medical training, in addition to a lifetime of ongoing learning, ASAPS president Rob Sheen said doctors could moonlight as “cosmetic surgeons”, enabling them to tap into the booming and lucrative cosmetic surgery market.

“The result of that is these practitioners don’t have proper training to the level of a specialist so they are creating a lot of patient harm,” Dr Sheen said.

Amid a surge in demand for aesthetic cosmetic surgery, a survey of ASAPS members illustrated one in 10 plastic surgeons had been forced to fix “botched jobs”; the ASAPS has begun discussions with the corporate watchdog in an attempt to have the title “cosmetic surgeon” banned.’

You can read the articles in full here:

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