What is a cosmetic physician?

A cosmetic physician is a doctor who specialises in non-surgical interventions whose primary intention is changing a patient’s appearance. This is known as cosmetic medicine.

Training and qualifications

After specialising in another area of medicine, cosmetic physicians must do further training. There are a number of roads to this, they may complete the ACCS training course (Australasian College of Cosmetic surgery) or complete alternative international fellowships.

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What does a cosmetic physician do?

  • Acne management
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermatological surgery
  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Hair transplant
  • Injectable dermal fillers
  • Laser and other light based cutaneous treatments
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Fat transfer
  • Scar treatments
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Skin cancer
  • Skin care
  • Wrinkle treatment

What to expect at an appointment with a cosmetic physician


Your cosmetic physician will ask about what procedure you wish to have, and will usually ask why you want to have it.


Your cosmetic physicians will examine you to determine which procedure and what approach would be most suited to achieve the desired outcome.



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This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. If in doubt, HealthEngine recommends consulting with a registered health practitioner.