A title of Cosmetic Surgeon does not sanction the practitioner to practice surgery as a qualified Plastic Surgeon. A Plastic Surgeon can only practice aesthetic surgery after obtaining extensive experience and expertise in trauma and reconstructive surgery, including cosmetic surgery.
You should always look for credentials of your surgeon: only have surgery with a Plastic Surgeon who is a recognised member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This guarantees they are highly trained, with at least 8 to 10 years in post-graduate surgical training.
Plastic surgeons in Australia must undertake 10 years or more of surgical training and examination after the completion of the basic requirements as a doctor. They also must be a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
To maintain those qualifications, a Plastic Surgeon is continually submitted to annual audit, and must participate in conferences, educational and professional meetings, in order to meet the appropriate standards.
Finding a surgeon who cares
Your surgeon should carefully listen to your needs and expectations, give you realistic advice, accompany you from your first consultation, at the time of the procedure, in the period of recovery and long-term care.
In your choice of Plastic Surgeon, it is also very important that you feel comfortable with the relationship with this person. Plastic Surgery is a journey, not a minor “in and out” operation. Careful follow-up is required. Your surgeon should be someone you can rely on now and in the future.
Dr Carmen Munteanu
Beyond her very highly specialised education and keeping up with the utmost latest techniques, Dr Carmen Munteanu’s philosophy is an ethical, honest and caring approach to each patient’s unique needs.
Dr Munteanu specialises in the precision and delicacy of breast, hand, and facial surgery, as well as weight loss patients, aging and pregnancy related deformities. She also extends her expertise to breast and abdominal recontouring, genital rejuvenation, body contouring, skin cancers and skin rejuvenation.
Dr Carmen Munteanu consults patients with any plastic surgery concern, from trauma and post-traumatic sequelae, to hand surgery and skin cancers. Her female touch has a particular role in treating delicate and more discrete problems. She believes in making a difference to breast surgery, cosmetic genital surgery, and post-bariatric (significant weight loss) surgery.