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Not All Surgeons Are The Same

Choosing to have plastic surgery is a decision not to be taken lightly so it’s important to know all of the facts before you commence with any procedure. Making sure your surgeon is qualified, competent and capable is a big part of your decision-making process. Choosing an ASAPS registered surgeon takes the worry away from that for you, here’s why.

ASAPS – Who We Are

ASAPS has been a leading authority for cosmetic surgery in NZ and Australia for over 40 years and represents over 300 comprehensively qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons. These surgeons are committed to making sure that you get all of the information required to make your decision, ensuring your surgery is performed at world-class standards and that any aftercare is provided at the highest levels.

Specialist Surgical Training

ASAPS members are Fellows of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and have undergone between 8 and 12 years of specialist surgical training. FRACS is the only institution accredited to train surgeons in New Zealand and Australia.

The Anaesthetist

Surgeons are not the only professionals you will meet during your surgery, the anaesthetists play a vital role in any surgery, that’s why our members only use ones they know and trust. All anaesthetists perform surgery on well-respected clinics and hospitals.

You can rest assured that when you choose an ASAPS member,

  your surgeon upholds the highest standards in the field of cosmetic surgery.

Check For Qualifications

Today’s cosmetic surgery market is complex and confusing with an overwhelming number of providers offering what, at the surface, could look like a similar service or product. But be warned, not all surgeons are the same. In New Zealand and Australia, anyone with a six-year medical degree can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. As a consumer, this exposes you to a huge range of doctors with extremely varied surgical training and experience.

 By choosing an ASAPS member you will be choosing a highly-qualified, experienced and ethical Specialist Plastic Surgeon who focusses on aesthetics. Below highlights the key differences between Specialist Plastic Surgeons and Cosmetic Surgeons.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Highly qualified personnel in New Zealand and Australia 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) as a surgical specialist
  • Highly skilled in reconstruction and surgery – the foundation for cosmetic surgery excellence

Cosmetic Surgeon

Any doctor in Australia 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
  • May or may not have obtained a FRACS