Better Health Channel


A specialist plastic surgeon is a doctor who specialises in invasive cosmetic (aesthetic, or appearance-related) and reconstructive surgery.

Services provided

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery, such as:
    • Facelift
    • Eyelift
    • Wrinkle reduction
    • Ear correction
    • Nose surgery
    • Facial implants
    • Lip enhancement
    • Liposuction
    • Tummy tuck
    • Breast enlargement
    • Breast reduction


You need a referral from a doctor to see a specialist plastic surgeon.

How to access

Go to the Australian Society of Plastic SurgeonsExternal Link find a specialist plastic surgeon near you.


Specialist plastic surgeon services may be partly or fully covered by MedicareExternal Link .

Specialist plastic surgeon fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.



Conventional healthcare


Australian Health Practitioner Agency


Specialist plastic surgeons must be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with the Medical Board of Australia.

Minimum qualifications

The minimum education requirement for a specialist plastic surgeon is Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


Shortlist at least two surgeons for your initial consultation.


  • Get a full explanation of the anticipated results and think carefully about your expectations.
  • Make sure that you have been fully informed about the risks of the procedure you plan to have.