Meet Dr David Colbert MBBS FRACS (PLAS)

 
 

I would like to welcome you to my website, and let you know a bit about who I am and how I got here. 
 

Training

After studying three years of a bachelor of science in occupational therapy, I completed medical school at the University of Western Australia.

I worked for several years as a junior surgical doctor, before being accepted into the highly competitive national plastic surgery training program - which is the only government recognised and regulated training body for plastic surgeons in Australia.

After completing this intensive five-year training program I was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) - the highest qualification in plastic surgery.
 

International and national experience

I’ve completed international and national fellowships to gain further specialist skills in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

My first fellowship was in hand and upper limb surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford. During this period I trained alongside leading surgeons from Oxford University and gained further experience in both paediatric and adult hand surgery. I also spent time with the Oxford Sarcoma Unit, and Oxford Osteomyelitis Unit, both well-renowned units that provide world class care to patients that travelled from all over England.

My second fellowship was in head and neck reconstruction at the Churchill Hospital in Headington, Oxfordshire. During this period I worked closely with other head and neck surgeons, performing complex reconstructive surgery for major head and neck cancers.

My third fellowship was in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, where I was lucky enough to work alongside some of the most experienced plastic surgeons in Australia. I was exposed to all aspects of aesthetic surgery while working in one of the busiest private practices in Australia.
 

Public and private service

My aim is to provide safe, compassionate, and comprehensive treatment to each patient I meet. I consider it a great privilege to be able to assist people in either improving their form or helping them achieve a certain look they desire. 

I have been trained in all aspects of plastic surgery, but have particular passion for cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face, and reconstructive surgery for skin cancer.

I have a great passion for surgical teaching - my public hospital appointment at Royal Perth Hospital allows me to teach the next generation of plastic surgeons, and I'm currently publishing a plastic surgery textbook through Oxford University Press.
 

Philosophy

Whether cosmetic or reconstructive, plastic surgery should improve a person not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually.

Sometimes there is a gap between when people know they are beautiful and feel they are beautiful - and in this situation I believe that plastic surgery can help to bridge that gap, and help people feel more confident in who they truly are. 

I pride myself on taking an aesthetic eye to every operation I do, with the aim of helping you look like a better version of yourself, and not someone different.

Being a Specialist Plastic Surgeon

It can be very confusing to tell the difference between a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, a Cosmetic Physician, or a Cosmetic Surgeon.

A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a plastic surgeon who is trained and qualified to perform invasive reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in public and private hospitals, and accredited day surgeries. To become a Specialist Plastic Surgeon I completed 11 years of advanced surgical training after medical school, including an intensive five-year government accredited training program and two further international and national plastic surgery fellowships to allow additional sub-specialisation.

Cosmetic Physician and Cosmetic Surgeon are terms that are not regulated in any way. As strange as it sounds, any medical doctor can legally call themselves a cosmetic physician or cosmetic surgeon and perform surgery, even though they may just graduated from medical school, or had minimal or no formal cosmetic surgery training.

For your own safety you should always ensure that you surgeon has the letters FRACS (Plas) after their name - this signifies they have been recognised as a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in plastic surgery, which is the highest surgical qualification in Australia. You can double check that they are by simply clicking on this link.

You should also ensure your surgeon is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, which is the peak body that represents Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia. You can double check that they are by simply clicking on this link.

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