Crucial Things To Look For When Choosing a Surgeon

If you’re seriously thinking about having plastic aesthetic surgery, this is one of the biggest decisions that you’ll make in your life that could potentially improve your lifestyle and self-esteem. Knowing how to select a plastic surgeon is one of the most critical things in this process. The following is valuable information you should use in planning for your Surgery. All doctors have differing levels of training, experience and expertise. Plastic surgeons are highly trained surgical specialists.

Specialist plastic surgeons in Australia practice reconstructive and plastic surgery and of course cosmetic surgery. A specialist plastic surgeon must be trained via the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, which requires a minimum of 8 years of rigorous, extensive training and exams following graduation from medical school.


: Look for the word FRACS (Fellow Royal Australian College of Surgeons) after a doctor’s name and do some research to make sure that they are in the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

When choosing a surgeon, some things are more important than others; below is a list of things that are important, unimportant and warning signs to look out for.


The surgeon’s qualifications

Make sure that the surgeon is a fully qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with FRACS like Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Peter Laniewski. Every plastic surgeon in Australia should also be a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS.


This can be by word of mouth (from friends and associates) or from your general practitioner.

The surgeon’s experience

  • How long has the surgeon been conducting the desired procedure?
  • How many has he/she administered?
  • How often does he/she conduct the particular procedure of interest?
  • Have any complications occurred in the past?

Relationship with the surgeon

You should feel comfortable with the surgeon and happy with a thorough and detailed explanation of potential complications, benefits, side effects and risks. You should feel confident in your surgeon’s abilities to look after your interests.


The price of surgery – the rates that your quoted are entirely unrelated to the level of experience or training or the result you will experience from surgery. Paying more money won’t guarantee better results but trying to find the lowest rate may put you in the hands of a non-qualified or inexperienced surgeon.

The size of the surgeon’s clinic. Some surgeons try to impress possible patients with extravagant offices. Yes, it’s nice to visit a facility with state-of-the-art technology and beautifully decorated rooms, but this has absolutely nothing to do with the results of the surgery you will receive.


The following are warning signs when dealing with a surgeon while you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery.

  • You’re feeling pressure to go ahead with the surgery by the surgeon or his/her staff.
  • The surgeon tells you that he or she is the best in the business. Some practitioners use social media and advertising platforms claiming this.
  • The surgeon discourages you from looking for a second opinion. You should never be discouraged from getting advice from another qualified practitioner.