Bringing different disciplines together to achieve the best for our patients
“Plastic surgeons have the ability to really help out and change people’s lives, whether its body contouring, rebuilding a breast due to breast cancer, skin cancer reconstruction or a complex burns reconstruction. Just that ability to be involved, improve and enhance the outcome for an individual and really make a difference to their quality of life – that’s the main reason I become a plastic surgeon.”
Whats the difference between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon?
There’s a lot of differences between plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons and many of them you may not be aware of. This is because they are not spelled out on individual websites or even in their qualifications and can often be confusing. There’s really no defined definition of a surgeon, even by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the Australian Medical Association (AMA) or even APRAH, the medical regulatory body. So, someone who is a GP who only has six weeks experience of being a medical student, that’s been in theatre cutting stitches and following other doctors around can then call themselves a surgeon when they really haven’t been exposed to the intricacies and the time that’s required to be a surgeon.
These cosmetic surgeons haven’t been trained in all surgical procedures or even looked after patients. All they need to do to call themselves a cosmetic surgeon is to subscribe to a college. In comparison, to become a plastic surgeon we need to have a qualification from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, undergo extensive training – often over five years and then sit a variety of exams including a very arduous fellowship exam. Only at the end of that training we are allowed to call ourselves surgeons.
The people of Camberwell Plastic Surgery
The team at Camberwell Plastic Surgery, headed by Dr Michael Weymouth, come from a variety of different medical backgrounds and hold a vast array of qualifications.
Mr Michael Weymouth MBBS FRACS (PLAS)
Mr Michael Weymouth is a fully qualified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, holding a fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) since 2008. He is also a current member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS). Michael is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA), is a qualified instructor of the Emergency Management of Severe Burns course (EMSB) and a member of the Victorian Hand Surgery Society (VHSS).
His special interests include reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery, skin cancer surgery, hand surgery, burns injuries and management, body contouring surgery, gynaecomastia surgery and microsurgery.
Mr Andrew Simm MBBS FRACS (PLAS)
Mr Andrew Simm is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon whose care and attention to detail provides the best functional and aesthetic outcomes for his many patients. Andrew focuses on individualised care and making your surgical experience as comfortable as possible.
Andrew is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Andrew specialises in paediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery, skin cancer surgery, breast surgeries, trauma, hand and cosmetic surgery.
Mr Matthew Taylor MBBS FRACS (ENT)
Dr Ingrid Bassett MBBS Dip Med(SxlHlth), FAAD(Intl)
Dr Ingrid Bassett has extensive experience and training in many fields of dermatology. Dr Bassett is particularly experienced in cosmetic dermatology, skin cancer screening, acne, eczema, psoriasis and all kinds of skin disorders including genital dermatology.
A specialist dermatologist (skin specialist) is an expert in diagnosing and treating of all types of skin diseases. Given their intimate skin knowledge and medical science training, dermatologists are uniquely placed to deliver effective and safe cosmetic services.