Any surgery comes with risks. It’s important to know that you’re in good hands


In Australia and New Zealand, anyone who has a six-year medical degree and has current registration is allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. This leaves the consumer overwhelmed by choice, and a wide range of doctors with varying levels of expertise and training.

As a peak organisation for cosmetic surgery in the region, we represent 300 comprehensively qualified surgeons in the region. ASAPS strongly believes best practice cosmetic surgery is performed by Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Every Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon has undertaken eight to 12 years of specialist surgical training beyond their medical training and has qualified to become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) – the only institution accredited to train surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.

Download a copy of our brochure about why choosing a member from ASAPS is an important decision.


Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons provide genuinely unbiased consultation. So your surgeon will always give you their professional opinion based on a thorough assessment of your individual needs. This means you’ll never be pressured into an operation because all our member surgeons are bound by the RACS code of ethics. It also means they will clearly explain which procedures may suit you.


ASAPS has strong affiliations with other, internationally respected, aesthetic plastic surgery organisations. ASAPS Members are involved with international collaborative teams that research improved and safer ways of providing aesthetic surgical treatments. Similarly, many ASAPS Members are active on the international stage with presentation at conferences and extensive teaching and training other Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.


Our members regularly attend instructional and scientific meetings organised by ASAPS. They are also involved in professional meetings arranged by other reputable national and international organisations.


ASAPS members accept referrals from both general practitioners and specialists, and with your permission, keep your GP and specialist informed about your treatment.


Australia now has stricter guidelines for doctors performing cosmetic surgery, and new state laws that demand higher standards for cosmetic procedures and facilities. Changes include mandatory cooling off periods before major surgery of seven days for adults and three months for patients under 18.

Not all surgeons are the same


Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Highly qualified personnel in Australia and New Zealand who have been specifically trained to perform cosmetic and plastic surgery.


  • Six years medical training plus eight to 12 years of specialist training in surgery and reconstruction
  • Trained by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the only organisation to train surgeons in the region, which means they are a FRACS qualified surgeon
  • Recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) or the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • Highly skilled in reconstruction and surgery – the foundation for cosmetic surgery excellence

Cosmetic surgeon

Any doctor in Australia or New Zealand with a medical degree and who has current registration can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, physician or doctor.


  • Six years medical training
  • May have undertaken additional training
  • May or may not be recognised as a surgical specialist by the AMC or MCNZ
  • May or may not have obtained a FRACS

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ASAPS‘s plastic surgeons only work in reputable hospitals and clinics that comply with the highest Australian standards of safety, cleanliness, infection control, staffing and equipment.

Within these hospitals they are supported by specialist anaesthetists and practitioners from other disciplines who are also registered by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) or the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) as specialists in their specific fields.

Is your cosmetic surgery taking place in an accredited facility?

For your safety it is important that your surgery takes place in a reputable, accredited hospital or clinic.


Knowing your surgeon provides quality aftercare represents real peace of mind.

Great aftercare is one of the most important reasons to choose an aesthetic plastic surgeon.

All ASAPS members are supported by health professionals who are every bit as accomplished and understanding as they are themselves. Together, they will be available to answer any questions and respond to any post-treatment complications.


Travelling abroad for a cosmetic surgery operation is becoming increasingly popular due to price-driven advertising by overseas clinics. But this option is not necessarily safe or cheap, particularly when it comes to receiving quality aftercare.

For example, combining air travel and major surgery increases the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. This can further compound the risk of an operation.

If you experience complications after surgery, it is vital that your surgeon and their team are readily available to provide quality aftercare. This may not be the case if your surgery is performed outside the country. Many overseas clinics have no support network in Australia or New Zealand and those that do often use nurses or GPs rather than trained specialists.

So before making a decision, balance the price of overseas surgery against the cost of returning to the same clinic for corrections, and the even more significant cost to your potential safety and peace of mind.



I have checked my surgeon's qualifications


I understand what my surgery involves


I know my surgery will happen in a reputable hospital or clinic


I'm confident my surgeon will supervise my recovery


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