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Dr Bernard Beldholm M.B.B.S B.Sc(Med), FRACS focused on Cosmetic Surgery
“The beauty is in the detail”
Dr Beldholm is a specialist surgeon that is focused on helping women regain and enhance their bodies.
Dr. Bernard Beldholm is a FRACS qualified surgeon focusing on cosmetic surgeries within 4 main areas:
- Helping women restore their bodies after having children
- Helping women tighten and smooth their bodies after losing weight
- Helping women to achieve a more youthful look with age
- Helping women enhance their bodies
“What I have realised over the last few years, focusing on these 4 areas, is that there is beauty in detail and great satisfaction in being able to provide predictable results for my patients.
By focusing on a limited range of surgeries I’m able concentrate on refining every aspect of each operation. I can stay up to date with new developments within these areas.
The other major shift that I have had in the last few years is the ability to focus on the results. I’m not just doing an operation for you, I’m guiding you through the surgical journey where the final goal is for you to leave my practice with a smile.
I focus on tummy and breast operation and I do hundreds of these each year. I focus on refining these operations. Each operation has hundreds of steps and each step has lots of variations. That is why I say that the beauty is in the detail. It’s my lifelong commitment to refine each and every step of these operations to achieve the best possible result for each and every patient that I see.
The key thing with experience is the ability to get predictable results and see what is possible and not possible. “
What is FRACS and what is a specialist surgeon?
“RACS Surgeons are highly qualified and up-to-date with the latest developments in their area of skill. They have considerable knowledge and give the best possible care to their patients.
FRACS stands for Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a qualification awarded only to those doctors who have successfully completed several years of rigorous surgical training.
With a proven commitment to lifelong learning and the highest standards of professionalism, Fellows of the College offer you and your family safe and comprehensive surgical care.”
Read more about it here.
Plastic surgeon, Cosmetic surgeon, Specialist surgeon, Specialist general surgeon, Specialist plastic surgeon, Specialist surgeon doing cosmetic surgery......CONFUSED?
As cosmetic surgery is not a recognised speciality there are many ways for doctors and surgeons to gain the necessary experience to perform this surgery. RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) training is the only recognised training path to become a specialist surgeon in Australia. A specialist surgeon has FRACS (fellow of the Australasian College of surgeons) after their name. Above and beyond RACS training there are different paths of gaining the necessary experience in cosmetic surgery. This does not mean that one way is better than the other it just means they are different. The infographic above shows Dr Beldholm’s training in detail.
(Note: each individual surgeons experience and training varies as do patient results. *See our disclaimer)
Explanation of the Australian doctor training system
There are many terms that are used in the advertising of cosmetic surgery services. The following section is an attempt to explain the terminology and what it means to you.
“To become a surgeon, a doctor must first complete a medical degree and gain general medical registration in Australia or New Zealand. This usually involves one to two years working and training in a clinical setting, usually in a hospital. The earliest point at which they may apply to enter the RACS SET program is during second postgraduate year (PGY2) after university, when internship has been completed.” information from: http://www.surgeons.org/media/24795641/gdl-2016-guide-to-set-booklet-v1.pdf
Specialist general surgeon
Definition of general surgery according to RACS: “General Surgery is the basic core speciality within the discipline of surgery and is the broadest of the surgical specialities. The General Surgeon is a surgical specialist engaged in the comprehensive care of surgical patients and in some situations the General Surgeon may require knowledge of the whole field of surgery. The General Surgeon is frequently the one first confronted with the acutely ill or injured person and is responsible for the early investigation of the obscure surgical illness.”
There are 11 Specialist titles within the speciality of surgery that are recognised by AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency):
- Specialist surgeon (can be used by all surgeons trained by RACS)
- Specialist cardio-thoracic surgeon
- Specialist general surgeon
- Specialist neurosurgeon
- Specialist orthopaedic surgeon
- Specialist otolaryngologist – head and neck
- Specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon
- Specialist paediatric surgeon
- Specialist plastic surgeon
- Specialist urologist
- Specialist vascular surgeon
Any other terms used by doctors, surgeons or plastic surgeons are inaccurate in the Australian context as there is no other categories recognized by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency [AHPRA], nor are other terms recognised by the Medical Council of Australia. Terms such as cosmetic surgeon, cosmetic plastic surgeon or aesthetic surgeon do not imply any additional training. In Australia there is no designated training path for a cosmetic surgeon.
What is cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery according to the NSW Health means (http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Hospitals/privatehealth/Pages/Cosmetic-Surgery-Class.aspx)
- Any cosmetic surgical procedure that is intended to alter or modify a person’s appearance or body and that involves anaesthesia (including a Biers Block), or
- Any of the following surgical procedures (however described):
- abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- belt lipectomy
- brachioplasty (arm lift)
- breast augmentation or reduction
- buttock augmentation, reduction or lift
- calf implants
- facial implants that involve inserting an implant on the bone or surgical exposure to deep tissue
- fat transfer that involves the transfer of more than 2.5 litres of lipoaspirate
- liposuction that involves the removal of more than 2.5 litres of lipoaspirate
- mastoplexy or mastoplexy augmentation
- pectoral implants
- penis augmentation
- superficial musculoaponeurotic system facelift (SMAS facelift)
- vaginoplasty or labiaplasty
Gaining experience in Cosmetic Surgery
As there is no recognised training path to becoming proficient in cosmetic surgery there is a number of ways that specialist surgeons can gain the necessary experience and exposure to these operations.
Getting experience during FRACS training
Some surgical specialities within RACS provide exposure to cosmetic surgery during the 5 year SET training. Most speciality training is done in the public hospital however the majority of cosmetic surgery is done in the Private system. This means that the opportunities to gain this experience is limited during specialist training.
Gaining experience after FRACS training
There are many ways to gain experience in Cosmetic surgery after speciality training. Such as overseas fellowships, training with a college surgeon that has the experience or seeking out courses that teach specific aspects and operations.
Dr Beldholm did the 2 year training program that ACCS (Australian college of cosmetic surgery) offers.
ACCS is not an accredited body by the government. ACCS provides a 2 year training program were surgeons can learn cosmetic surgery procedures. For Dr Beldholm this involved rotations with several cosmetic surgeons as well as 1 year of practice with a plastic surgeon. During the training Dr Beldholm performed and observed 531 major cosmetic surgical operations as defined by NSW Health (http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Hospitals/privatehealth/Pages/Cosmetic-Surgery-Class.aspx).
General disclaimer (including google ad disclaimer)
There is no guarantee of specific results and the results can vary from patient to patient. The photos shown have not been altered, other than removing identifiable marks such as tattoos and birthmarks at the request of the patient. If any such alteration has been done then it has been done equally on both before and after photos and there is a notation under the photo stating what alteration has been done.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.