In Australia, anyone with a medical degree can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. Unfortunately, this leads to many establishing clinics which produce poor results and bad reputations.
However, to become a plastic surgeon like Dr Alastair Taylor, and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS), requires eight years of training and rigorous examination. Surgeons with this FRACS qualification possess a wide variety of surgical skills in different disciplines which they adapt to trauma surgery, cancer surgery, reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. These skills allow lateral thinking and problem solving in different situations.
Cosmetic surgeons may learn specific procedures but are not drawing on this wide skill base that has been taught through late night trauma, complex cancer surgery in a compromised patient, and caring for critically ill patient. Cosmetic surgeons usually operate out of day surgeries and often lack the admitting rights to hospital if a problem needs to be dealt with or if someone needs to stay longer than a day or overnight. They may have to send complications to a public hospital Accident & Emergency (A&E) where you will have no say about who looks after you.
The issue here is training. Anyone can follow a recipe to an operation, but to master it you need to be a a chef. Dr Taylor is also committed to ensuring his staff are leaders in their field. Unlike nurses or beauty therapists, The CAPS Clinic Dermal Clinicians have completed the Dermal Therapies Degree, the only University qualified training in dermal skin analysis, laser and light therapies and chemical peels. So committed to excellence in this area, The CAPS Clinic sponsor their staff to complete this degree.