We have what I can only call an embarrassment of riches when it comes to top plastic surgeons in Sydney. There are dozens of plastic surgery practices in the area, and many of my colleagues to choose among.
This embarrassment of riches can, unfortunately, lead to confusion when it comes to identifying the best surgeon for you. The biggest problem is that people who are new to the world of cosmetic enhancement often don’t understand the key criteria for selecting a plastic surgeon in Sydney.
In this post, I want to talk about the attributes of Sydney’s top plastic surgeons, how these attributes contribute to a positive surgical outcome, and some red flags to watch for as you perform due diligence.
5 Characteristics of the Best Surgeons in Sydney
A top cosmetic plastic surgeon in Sydney:
Is Certified by an Accredited Standards Body – In Australia, anyone with a basic medical degree may perform cosmetic surgery. The best plastic surgeons in Sydney, however, receive specialised medical education and training in cosmetic surgery offered by independent standards bodies. These include: the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The best cosmetic surgeons in Sydney are aligned with these professional organisations. As members, they are required to adhere to a code of professional conduct and ethics, and that helps ensure the best possible outcomes for you.
Has Stood the Test of Time – Experience counts when it comes to assessing the top aesthetic surgeons in Sydney. A just-graduated surgeon may have skills, but he/she will lack the hands-on knowledge that only comes with practice. Worried that a more experienced provider may be out of touch because of their age? Just the opposite! Top cosmetic plastic surgeons in Sydney pride themselves on keeping current with their profession.
Can Talk AND Listen – Successful cosmetic surgery is a collaborative effort between patient and surgeon. During an initial consultation, a top surgeon in Sydney will take the time to get to know you by asking questions about your health, your lifestyle, and your expectations, and will listen carefully to your responses. Only after listening to you can a surgeon begin to talk about creating a customised treatment plan that is perfect for you.
Warning: A surgeon who doesn’t engage with you during a preliminary meeting probably won’t spend ample time with you during your procedure or give you the proper after-care you’ll need either.
Harnesses Art & Science – Plastic surgeons are known for their surgical expertise in making incisions, minimising scars, and performing other delicate procedures. Cosmetic plastic surgery, however, is just as much an art as it is a science. So the best surgeons in Sydney are also masters of aesthetics. A master of aesthetics with an eye for beauty is able to use his/her skill with a scalpel to create balanced, proportioned, and (most importantly) natural-looking modifications to the face and body.
Warning: A surgeon who is unable to provide tangible proof of past success stories in the form of before-and-after pictures and verifiable client testimonials should go to the bottom of your list of Sydney’s top surgeons.
Has a Well-Deserved Reputation for Excellence – Rave reviews from former patients is a hallmark of Sydney’s best plastic surgeons, as are peer endorsements. Patient testimonials speak to a surgeon’s real-world accomplishments and reflect his/her skill and standard of care. Also meaningful are peer reviews and endorsements. Top plastic surgeons in Sydney frequently sit on the boards of surgical organisations, helping to groom future generations of professionals.
Warning: Unscrupulous healthcare providers and the “black hat” marketers that work for them often post dishonest reviews of their services and false testimonials from clients. Don’t take anything you read on the Internet at face value. As American president Ronald Reagan once said, “Trust but verify.”
I hope I’ve answered your questions about selecting a surgeon, and you found this information useful.