Choosing a surgeon
In Australia any doctor with a medical degree can perform surgery and call themselves a “cosmetic surgeon”.
However, it takes eight to ten years of specialist training to become a qualified Plastic Surgeon and have your training recognised by The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the only legitimate, professional body, accredited to train Specialist Surgeons. Only these surgeons can use the letters FRACS, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, after their name.
This is the same College that trains other specialist surgeons such as neurosurgeons, cardiac surgeons or orthopaedic surgeons. We strongly suggest that you should only consider plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeons trained to these standards and having these letters after their names.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons also requires and monitors ongoing medical education, ensuring specialists continue to provide the highest standards of professional care.
Only fully trained and registered specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons who are Fellows of RACS can join the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). Having a background in reconstructive surgery enhances the understanding of and ability to perform cosmetic surgery.
Dr Kippen is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a member of both the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Dr Kippen has completed additional Australian and International Fellowships in Plastic, Reconstructive, Cosmetic Micro-surgery and Hand Surgery. All told, he has dedicated an additional twelve years to specific surgical training.
You are encouraged to contact the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) on
1300 367 446 or www.plasticsurgery.org.au to check a surgeon’s status.
Meet Dr Kippen