About Plastic / Cosmetic Surgeons, Physicians

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A cosmetic surgeon specializes in surgical procedures for aesthetic purposes such as eliminating signs of aging and changing one’s appearance. Plastic surgery as a whole encompasses both surgical and nonsurgical procedures and can include different types of surgery including cosmetic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, and the treatment of burns.

While cosmetic surgery is self-voluntary, reconstructive surgery is performed to reconstruct or repair function in various parts of the body after illness or injury. Reasons for a patient electing to undergo cosmetic surgery or requiring a type of reconstructive surgery can be physical including suffering an injury as a result of an accident, burns, scarring, birth defects, excess skin due to extreme weight loss, or body dysmorphic disorder.

Cosmetic Plastic surgeons perform a variety of surgical procedures on all parts of the body including everything from Botox Injections to Post-Bariatric surgery as well as Arm Lift, Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation/Reduction, Breast Implants, Face Lift, Nose Jobs, Hair Transplantation, Chemical Peel, Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion and Spider Vein Treatments.

Cosmetic surgeons work in different environments and medical facilities including practising in a private clinic or medical office, or in hospitals.  They work with and provide combined treatment in conjunction with Family Doctors / General Practitioners, Anesthesiologists, Bariatric/Weight Loss Specialists, Dermatologists, and General Surgeons to name a few.

Useful Resources


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons

British Columbia






Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island


Northwest Territories



United States of America

National Provider Identifier (NPI) 

American Board of Plastic Surgery

American Association of Plastic Surgeons

American Board of Cosmetic Surgery



Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons

Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine


New Zealand

Medical Council of New Zealand


United Kingdom

General Medical Council



Medical Council


South Africa

Health Professions Council Of South Africa



National Medical Commission