ABC’s Four Corners Report on Cheap Cosmetic Surgery

ABC’s Four Corners’ special episode on Cheap Cosmetic Surgery and Cosmetic Injections.

Our Surgeons recommend watching the ABC’s Four Corners special report called “Beauty’s NEW “normal'”. It is an investigative story about how patients sometimes take cosmetic surgery ‘a bit too lightly’ and fail to understand that NOT all surgeons are ALIKE in skills, accreditation and training.

ABC’s FOUR CORNERS investigative report covered the discount / cheap cosmetic surgery industry (targeting breast implant patients in Sydney).

  • It HIGHLIGHTS why you should ALWAYS INVESTIGATE who is operating on you.
  • This includes finding out IF YOUR SURGEON is actually a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon – versus some “other type” of doctor such as a skin doctor, dentist or General Practitioner.
  • It also reminds patients of the fact that if something goes wrong with your surgery overseas or from a discount group, you may have ZERO recourse for remedying the problems with your cosmetic surgery result.
  • We strongly advise patients to choose the BEST Surgeon they can find and to ensure their surgeon is ACTUALLY a Plastic Surgeon.
  • Find out WHY SECOND opinions are important

Cosmetic Surgery  Videos

Cheap Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in the news in 2018 include the Four Corners report on Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Augmentation and Cosmetic Injecting.

Stories featured in the ABC Four Corners Cosmetic Surgery episode, which first aired in August of 2018, covered:

  • cosmetic surgery being more MAINSTREAM than ever before – e.g., available to MOST of the population, not just celebrities or well-off individuals
  • PATIENT AGE RANGES – younger patients having procedures
  • DISCOUNT PRICING PROBLEMS and public perception of needing DISCOUNTS on breast jobs – only to find out low-cost breast augmentation can lead to problems
  • NON-SURGICAL INJECTIONS – the fact they ARE invasive to a point and still care risks.
  • PERMANENT DISFIGUREMENT for patients who didn’t realise they chose a Cosmetic surgeon versus an accredited Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • PATIENT CONFUSION on what they’re getting and how much CAN go wrong with surgery – especially when weren’t being fully informed on WHO is doing the operation

Cosmetic Surgery Patients had problems when they chose discount breast surgery that ended up being performed by less experienced doctors and doctors-in-training, who were NOT recognised or qualified as RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) Specialists.

Our Surgeons’ recommendations for BEING MORE INFORMED before making a decision:

  • The FOUR CORNERS “Beauty’s New Normal” report video is important to watch for ALL consumers, but especially if you’re like most people – not exactly clear about the DIFFERENCES between a so-called COSMETIC SURGEON vs a PLASTIC SURGEON.
  • It also highlights the elevated procedure RISKS of taking up cheap breast implant surgery offers advertised online, including that some Sydney-based Cosmetic Surgery groups were reported as having had less than a 2-day training course on surgery BEFORE operating on real patients at Clinics that are NOW under parliamentary inquiries and/or class action lawsuits.

“BEAUTY’s NEW NORMAL” VIDEO (ABC Four Corners) – Episode summary


How to RESEARCH your Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic SURGEON.

Be sure to ask:

  • WHERE THEY OPERATE – If they CAN operate in a real hospital if you wanted your surgery there vs JUST a backroom or private facility they manage themselves?
  • IF they are certified as a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon according to AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency)- or do they belong only to a self-managed group calling themselves cosmetic surgeons?

Ask yourself: have they reached the highest level of training and qualifications as a Specialist in that arena of surgery? Or are they NOT EVEN a member of RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) – yet alone NOT a genuine Plastic Surgeon?

This information should leave you BETTER equipped for choosing a Surgeon who has the RIGHT qualifications, training, skills and expertise to meet your needs.

Our team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons’ affiliations include:


Remember, cosmetic surgery and cosmetic injections are both invasive procedures and carry risks you need to carefully consider. Be sure you know what your Surgeon’s qualifications are as well as their memberships and AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) registration details.

** Note that our Specialist Surgeons in Melbourne have from TWO decades to over FOUR decades each of surgical experience in cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures. They have performed thousands of procedures in Australian hospitals with fully accredited Anaesthetists. At our practice in Melbourne, we have several FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) Qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons to select from for your breast, body and face or nose procedures.

Plastic Surgery Information

Find out more About Our Surgeons

Coco Ruby Dr Craig Rubinstein Surgeon Melbourne

Dr Craig Rubinstein, Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria.

MBBS (Melb) – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Master of Plastic Surgery (Melb)
FRACS (Plast) – Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a highly skilled and popular Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years of surgical experience, he is held in high regard, especially in aesthetic breast surgery.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation today.

Mr Gary Kode Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964

MBCHB(Hons) – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (honours)
FRCS(SA) – Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons
FRACS(Plast) Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Mr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

With over 33 years of experience in Plastic Surgery, he has performed approximately 25,000 procedures, spanning various areas of the body.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.

Coco Ruby Dr Patrick Briggs Surgeon Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs, Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne

FRACS – Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
FRCSI – Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FRCS – Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons

Dr Briggs is dedicated to excellence in patient care and committed to treating each and every patient professionally and with respect and privacy. 

If you want to find out more about this procedure book a consultation today.



Dr Broughton Snell Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)(Honours)
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)Honours)
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

Dr Broughton Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.

Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid – Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon


MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine
FRACS – Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.

Last updated: 13/10/2023
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Lyshai Brombara
Lyshai - Patient Liaison Manager at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Lyshai appreciates the organisation required to get things done in today’s hectic life. Her role as Patient Experience Manager Lyshai is a great guide for your plastic surgery journey.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone 1300 599 990, Email us: or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Consultation with a Surgeon.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.