Category: Industry News

Breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) FAQs

Is BIA-ALCL breast cancer?

No, BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer.

ALCL is a cancer of lymphatic cells and a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It has been described in all parts of the body well before breast implants existed, and has occurred in the breast without any implant present.


-ALCL is a form of lymphoma that occurs in association with breast implants, and to date exclusively with exposure to textured implants (no reported cases with smooth implants alone). It occurs in women who have...Read More

Posted on May 28, 2018 By Lucy Colak in , , , ,

Cosmetic Surgery vs Plastic Surgery

ASPS Vice President Gazi Hussain was interviewed on ABC radio last night. The topic was ‘ Are you considering having Cosmetic Surgery’ interviewed by Philip Clark. The segment gave a balanced discussion about our specialty and the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery, and the grey areas of definition that we and the health authorities are dealing with.  You can listen to the interview here:...Read More

Posted on April 4, 2017 By Lucy Colak in ,

MYTH: That cosmetic surgery advertising is highly regulated

Commercial factors drive advertising. There is a danger that unethical advertising inflates patient expectations while ignoring or trivialising the risks of surgical procedures. ASPS promotes transparency of information for consumers about education, qualifications and accreditation of premises so that consumers are fully informed. ASPS’ Code of Practice outlines the professional and ethical standards which are expected from its members.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS What’s the difference...Read More
Posted on December 5, 2016 By Lucy Colak in ,

FACT: there is limited regulation or standardisation when it comes to the use of titles to describe qualifications in the area of cosmetic surgery

Prospective patients can become confused by the range and description of medical qualifications. Given the high level of trust Australians put in the medical profession, prospective patients are vulnerable and potentially at risk from those practitioners who operate outside their skill and training level.

ASPS supports the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration and use of titles. ASPS members are entitled to use the protected title “Specialist Plastic Surgeon”. The...Read More

Posted on November 29, 2016 By Lucy Colak in ,

MYTH: Plastic surgeons only perform reconstructive surgery

Plastic Surgery encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. ASPS members are Specialist Plastic Surgeons trained, experienced, and qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Many cosmetic procedures are embedded in the training undertaken for reconstructive plastic surgery. Specialist Plastic Surgeons are uniquely qualified to handle the demands and risks attached to various cosmetic surgery...Read More

Posted on November 25, 2016 By Lucy Colak in ,

FACT: All surgeries can carry serious risk

With a rise in the number of Australians undergoing cosmetic procedures, cosmetic surgery has become ‘normalised’ and accepted as common place, however, cosmetic surgery is like any other kind of surgery in that it carries serious risk and therefore needs to be seriously considered. In some circumstances, a patient can have an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic or be affected by post-operative complications. These problems can occur even when the surgery has been performed with the utmost...Read More

Posted on November 20, 2016 By Lucy Colak in ,

MYTH: All plastic surgery procedures are performed in accredited facilities

In Australia, invasive surgical procedures are sometimes performed in a facility, such as an office or consulting room, which is not fully accredited or monitored for the performance of those procedures. To ensure patient safety, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons advocates that all invasive surgical procedures, that require more than a minimal amount of local anaesthetic, must be conducted in an accredited day surgery or private or public hospital. While all surgery carries risk, the accreditation...Read More

Posted on November 14, 2016 By Lucy Colak in ,

FACT: it is legal for doctors without formal specialist surgical training to conduct cosmetic or plastic surgery

Currently, in Australia, it is legal for a medical practitioner with only a basic medical degree (i.e. MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) to perform surgery. ASPS members are Specialist Plastic Surgeons with extensive post graduate specialist training in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

ASPS members are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and have undergone extensive training to perform invasive surgical procedures. The Australian...Read More

Posted on November 9, 2016 By Lucy Colak in ,