What’s the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and Plastic Surgeon?

This is a common question, and we don’t blame patients for feeling confused.  Marketing can gloss over these important details.

This infographic, provided by Sientra (US implant company), shows the years that go into becoming a Plastic Surgeon. By way of comparison in Australia, just replace the words “Board Certified” to Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr Milovic completed TWO board qualifications in plastic surgery – one in Europe, and then in Australia. So add a few more years to this chart. This included a 4 year aesthetic surgery Fellowship in Europe with some of the best plastic surgeons in the world, before he even started practising cosmetic surgery in Belgrade.   Plus he’s a Reconstructive Microsurgeon…so yep…that’s a lot of years (20, to be exact)!



Got a question?  Ask Dr Milovic below.

5 Responses to “What’s the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and Plastic Surgeon?”

  1. rosann white on

    Hi..l have previously had breast implants..however really unhappy with them so request advice re revision surgery. ..also full neck / face lift….are both procedures able to be done simultaneously /cost please?

    • Dr Milovic on

      Hi Roseann
      Thank you for your enquiry about revision surgery. We are sorry to hear that you are unhappy with your current breast implants. You could do the procedures together provided that you are in good health and don’t have major health concerns. There could be Medicare item numbers for the breast implant exchange and replacement if there is a problem with the implants themselves, but this is something Dr Milovic would discuss with you at a consultation. Costs would be dependent on what needs to be done with the exchange of implants and the technique used for your face surgery. I would recommend that you contact us using the CONTACT FORM on Dr Milovic’s website, so that we can contact you back regarding your options. Thanks for dropping by,Sonja (Practice Manager)

  2. DB on

    A simple infographic answers an important question. I always thought that cosmetic surgeons had the same training and credentials, if not more, than plastic surgeons. I was under the impression that the temr ‘cosmetic’ was used for marketing and branding purposes.

    • Dr Milovic on

      Hi DB, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. It is an important question and one which is commonly misunderstood. Marketing has definiately clouded things for the patient who wants to know who’s qualified. Plastic Surgeons are formally recognised as cosmetic surgeons, in fact, because cosmetic surgery historically comes from reconstructive surgery. Glad you enjoyed the post! (Sonja, Practice Manager)