The Surgeons


Assoc. Prof. James Leong MBBS. FRACS. MS


Our Surgeons are fully qualified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons.

What is the difference between Plastic Surgeons & Cosmetic Surgeons?

In Australia, not all medical practitioners performing cosmetic surgery are plastic surgeons or have any formal surgery training.

A qualified plastic surgeon has completed approximately 10 years in post-graduate training, including surgical training in various disciplines and at least four years in all areas of plastic surgery – including cosmetic, hand surgery, microsurgery and reconstructive surgery. Many plastic surgeons choose to sub-specialise in cosmetic surgery only. 

FRACS is the standard qualification required in Australia to perform surgery in private and public hospitals. A properly qualified surgeon has the following letters next to his/her name – FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons).

Cosmetic surgeons and Cosmetic physicians are mostly GPs, dermatologists, etc. and have no surgical training.

Some Practitioners without formal qualifications will try to trick you with a string of letters after their name – most of these “credentials” are not recognised by Australian standards.

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