What to look for in a Plastic Surgeon

Deciding to have surgery and choosing a plastic surgeon can be a crucial decision. In order to make an informed, decision it is important you have a clear understanding of the nature of your surgical procedure. It is also vital to ensure your surgeon is not only a fully qualified plastic surgeon with the highest training standards in order to carry out the procedure.

Unfortunately, many health care providers are now performing cosmetic procedures, however, this does not mean they are all qualified to perform plastic surgery. Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Member Surgeons have accreditation and training in plastic surgery, which encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

  • Fellows of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
  • Medicare only recognises ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) plastic surgery specialists.
  • Furthermore, they must have completed all the Surgical Education and Training requirements in the specialty of plastic surgery, which takes at least 7 years post-medical school graduation.
  • This in turn means they operate in accredited medical facilities.
  • They also adhere to a strict code of ethics.
  • Fulfil continuing professional development requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
  • Participate in volunteer plastic surgery organisation such as Interplast which provide Plastic Surgery to more than 20 countries in need.
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What is the Difference Between Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery?

Not all doctors who practice cosmetic surgery are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRCS) (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), which is fully accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the major training section in Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. Furthermore, members of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are specialists with extensive post-graduate surgical training.

Dr Patrick Briggs’s Memberships

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRCS) and a member of:

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Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 9 AM – 5 PM on Weekdays.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 Or Email us.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400.

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is essential (as of the 1st July 2023).
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.


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