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What is the difference between a cosmetic doctor and a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon?

  • Posted: Wednesday 01 July, 2015

Specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons have at least 12 years of total medical and surgical education, have studied specialist surgery for a minimum of five years including extensive training to perform invasive surgical procedures, and are accredited as specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons by the Medical Council of New Zealand(MCNZ). Cosmetic doctors are not MCNZ accredited surgeons and they are not trained in invasive surgical procedures.