Dr Craig Rubinstein, Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Craig Rubinstein, Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is the founder of Cosmetic Surgery for Women.


Dr Craig Rubinstein is one of Melbourne’s most respected Breast Surgery & Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty Surgery experts.  He is highly regarded by peers and patients alike for his aims of best-practice surgery strategies and patient education practices about procedures including options, recovery and healing times. An expert in Tummy Tuck surgery and numerous Breast Reshaping and Breast Augmentation or Breast Reduction techniques, Dr Rubinstein offers full customisation for all procedures. He uses extensive pre-surgery planning techniques to attain natural-looking, long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing breast surgery and tummy tuck results for women.



In Dr Craig Rubinstein’s words

“What sets us apart is the level of care we provide to our patients. We treat all of our patients with dignity, respect and privacy throughout ALL stages of their surgical process. We’re not a ‘run through’ type of discount surgery facility. We prioritise pre-surgery planning, custom surgical approaches and post-op recovery care excellence for all of our patients, whether they are breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction procedures, tummy tuck surgeries.

“My colleagues also offer facial surgery, skin rejuvenation and nose reshaping surgeries and our team is focused on advanced education and proven surgical techniques that maximise results and minimise discomfort and healing time when possible. We are also dedicated to reducing scars and assisting patient’s recovery after surgery. Our patients benefit from access to the latest technologies in lasers and other light based treatments such as Healite II and Collagen Induction Therapy for improved healing and scar minimisation.”


We believe that the AIM of a great Surgeon should be performing the RIGHT cosmetic surgery procedure for the right Patient in the right place and at the right time.

In our view, precision measurements and expert planning, experienced Anaesthetists and a quality Hospital are non-negotiable.

“The best time to get plastic surgery right is the FIRST time,” affirms Dr Rubinstein. “Every patient is unique, however, and your results will depend on what you’re starting with and the decisions you make about your surgery procedure.  What you do AFTER surgery is also very important, such as wearing appropriate support garments and taking the right time to heal. He affirms that whilst perfection is NEVER achievable, good plastic cosmetic surgery results are attainable when both Patient and Surgeon each do their part to attain a positive and appealing result.  “And it all starts with good communication,” notes Dr Rubinstein.

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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Choices are Important in attaining a Good Result

The Right Surgery, The Right Surgeon, The Right Facility, The Right Patient and The Right Time are required to get the best potential Plastic Surgery Results and Minimise Your Cosmetic Surgery Risks. This is our belief whether you are getting a breast augmentation using breast implants, a breast reduction or breast lift, an implant removal or replacement, or corrective breast surgery for Asymmetry or tuberous breasts; or an Abdominoplasty or other cosmetic or plastic surgeries.


“We believe the best plastic surgery outcomes are possible when the right patient chooses the right Surgeon, undergoes the right procedure for the right reasons, and has their surgery at the right time. We prefer to see patients get the surgery results they are wanting from their FIRST plastic surgery experience, rather than from a complex Revisional procedure. That’s why our team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons are highly meticulous in their surgical approaches to breast enlargement surgery (breast augmentation using quality implants), Abdominoplasty procedures, other body contouring and face or nose reshaping procedures. It’s also why we encourage all patients to choose a highly-experienced, fully qualified Plastic Surgeon, who operates in a fully accredited Australian hospital facility, and who fully customises each procedure to meet the unique needs of each individual patient.” (Dr Craig Rubinstein, Founder of Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men and Breast & Tummy Tuck Surgery expert).


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Dr Craig Rubinstein Focuses on Offering Best Practice Patient Care, Precision Planning, Scar Minimisation Surgery – He runs a centre for excellence clinic approach

Patient Education and Precision Surgery Planning are Crucial for Good Surgery Experiences

“We also take exceptional care to assist clients in being able to make fully informed decisions — to know their options, their choices, and how they can best optimise their recovery period including good scar minimisation strategies for cosmetic procedures.


“We are highly-focused on providing precision surgical planning, individual customisation, extensive pre-surgery measurements and mark-ups and experience-driven surgical skills. Best-practice post op patient care is also something all of our Surgeons strive to provide patients, so that they are respectfully cared for at all stages of their cosmetic journey.  We establish long-term connections with our patients and remain available to them throughout their follow up period, which in my view, is a lifetime.” ” Dr Craig Rubinstein, Breast & Tummy Tuck Surgery expert.

For exceptional patient care and extensive experience, choose Melbourne’s leading Plastic Surgeon for Tummy Tucks, Circumferential Abdominoplasty procedures, Breast Revision Surgery, Breast Reduction Surgery, Breast Implant Removal & Replacement, Complex Breast Lift Procedures and high-quality Breast Augmentation Surgeries.  Our Team performs most plastic cosmetic surgery procedures and offers 3 top Melbourne based locations for consultations.

Choose Dr Craig Rubinstein for Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction and Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) – he’s an experienced, caring and FRACS qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne

Dr Craig Rubinstein is one of Australia’s leading Plastic Surgeons. He has a stellar reputation for providing honest advice, patient care excellence and aesthetically pleasing surgical results. His special focus areas are Breast Surgery including Breast Reduction, Corrective Breast Surgery for Asymmetric Breasts, Breast Lift Surgery and Breast Augmentation using quality breast implants. He is also sought-after for his body contouring procedures including Tummy Tuck surgery and Belt Lipectomy procedures.


Which Specialist Plastic Surgeon should I choose for Breast Surgery or Abdominoplasty Procedures?

We believe that choosing the right surgeon and having the right procedure in the right facility at the right time, will get you a good result. When choosing which surgeon is best for your procedure, it’s helpful to know their qualifications, personality, dedication to patient care and your comfort level with their quality result.

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a well respected, long-established and highly skilled Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Victoria.

He uses a top surgical support team and experienced Anaesthetists. He exclusively operates at Accredited major Hospitals in the Melbourne area.

For over two decades, Dr Rubinstein has dedicated his work to understanding women’s cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. These include a range of high-quality breast reshaping procedures, corrective breast surgery and breast implant removal and replacement surgery.  He is also highly regarded for his precision pre-surgical planning protocols as well as the ‘flat tummy look‘ Abdominoplasty procedures and Mummy Makeovers.

Dr Rubinstein’s passion for ongoing education and training in the Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery field has resulted in delivering outstanding patient care and natural-looking, high quality surgery results. He is also frequently sought for expertise in Revisional Surgery procedures including complex, corrective breast procedures (Breast Asymmetry and Nipple Surgery) and abdominoplasty surgery.

Breast Surgery Expertise Gained over 20 Years of Experience

Melbourne’s Specialist Surgeon for Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation and Implant Replacement Procedures

  • Artistic and Natural-looking Breast Augmentation is available by Dr Craig Rubinstein
  • He insists on using quality breast implants for breast enlargement and cleavage improvements.
  • Dr Craig Rubinstein and his team also focus on scar minimisation strategies including special post-op care and light based treatments
  • For Breast Reduction Surgery, Dr Rubinstein prefers the Le Jour incision technique
  • Dr Craig Rubinstein offers most patients DRAIN-FREE procedures for reduced discomfort just after surgery
  • He often combines liposuction with surgery for improved results for Breast Reduction or Abdominoplasty procedures
  • Dr Rubinstein and his Clinic colleagues focus on best-practice scar minimisation and rapid recovery practices
  • Dr Rubinstein uses the Keller Funnel for breast implant placement
  • He is a highly regarded Surgeon and medical educator for corrective surgery for Breast Asymmetry and Tuberous Breasts

Asymmetry Correction, Revisional & Corrective Breast Surgery by Dr Rubinstein, Melbourne

Patients choose Dr Rubinstein for quality, precision Breast Augmentation surgery, as well as Breast Asymmetry correction and Breast Reduction techniques. procedures, including liposuction for improved breast shaping during Reduction Mammoplasty procedures, are some of his special surgical focus areas.

Augmentation, Reductions, Asymmetry Corrections, Breast Lifts and Implant Removal & Replacement Procedures

Dr Craig Rubinstein is fastidious about providing his patients with excellent, long-lasting surgical results. He also shares important post-op healing information to help his patients get a good healing outcome from their procedure.  He is highly regarded in the industry for his high-precision Breast Enhancement surgical procedures.

If you want to learn more about the procedures he offers, visit our Breast Surgery procedure pages.


Breast Implant Removal or Replacement, Revisional Breast Surgery, or Abdominal Surgery

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As a Breast Surgery and Tummy Tuck expert, Dr Rubinstein and his colleagues are often the “go to” Surgeons in Australia for corrective surgery needs.

Dr Craig Rubinstein is experienced in performing complex or revisional Breast Surgery and Tummy Tuck procedures.

Unfortunately, revision requests are not uncommon in patients who’ve elected for ‘overseas tourism’ or discount breast surgery (or back-room operating options). These surgeries may be offered cheaply because some organisations use less-trained Surgeons, non-FRACS Surgeon and/or don’t operate in fully accredited Australian Hospitals.  Read the Clinic Blog about differences between types of Surgeons and why it’s important to choose a highly trained, fully qualified FRACS Surgeon for your breast procedure to improve you chances of having the right procedure for your requirements.

Operating exclusively in accredited Australian Hospitals around Melbourne (convenient to Bayside, Balwyn, Hawthorn, Kew, Toorak, and Melbourne CBD patients), Plastic Surgeon Dr Craig Rubinstein has helped thousands of women get the breast size and shape – or flat tummy look – they have always wanted.

Dr Rubinstein prefers patients get expert advice and good surgery results the first time they have surgery. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and some women end up having surgery by less skilled practitioners who have limited expertise in complex surgery procedures OR who fail to customise the procedure appropriately for the individual patient.  He is often sought after to help women who chose surgery from overseas tourism groups (or less-trained practitioners), as well as women who experienced serious complications or less-than-satisfactory surgery results.

Dr Craig Rubinstein is uncompromising in his dedication to provide women with quality patient care and extensive pre-surgery planning – ask to see his images of pre-surgery markups and measurements.

Good surgery planning is crucial.  Proper planning, patient education and extensive measurements helps patients attain pleasing cosmetic surgery results that look natural in relation to their overall physique.

Planning and surgical skill are incredibly important for all types of cosmetic procedures.  These become even more crucial to getting a good outcome in relation to complex Breast Surgery procedures, such as surgery to correct Breast Asymmetry, Ptotic Breasts (droopy breasts) or Breast Concavity (Pigeon chest).  Along with Revisional Breast Lift, Enlargement or Breast Reduction Procedures, Dr Craig Rubinstein also performs surgeries for capsular contracture, breast implant removal or replacement and numerous other complex procedures.

Abdominal Surgery is also a specialty focus area of Dr Rubinstein. He performs highly-customised Abdominoplasty surgeries (Tummy Tuck procedures) including Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Abdominoplasty Surgery) and Upper Tummy Tuck procedures to help patients get the ‘flat tummy look’ they find they’re missing after having children or reaching menopause.

Different types of Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck surgical approaches.

Dr Rubinstein will help you to evaluate which procedure type might get you the best outcomes in terms of restoring a flatter, tighter tummy and waist, or more flattering ‘less bulging’ stomach and hip contours.

“Patients are typically impressed with how much they love their reshaped bodies and how much confidence it gives them,” note our Patient Care Coordinators.

When you’re expecting a great surgery result, it’s very important to remember that every patient is unique and that you’ll need to maintain REALISTIC expectations about your surgery results.

Every patient is different and your ‘starting point’ will have an impact on your final cosmetic surgery results.  Communication about your appearance desires – and understanding what surgery CAN and CANNOT attain for you – is crucial to having a good surgery experience with cosmetic surgery procedures.

“We can improve on appearance but it’s really important to understand that perfection is simply not attainable, and that where you are STARTING from will impact on your surgery result,” note our Surgeons.  “Results can vary a lot from person to person. That’s why communication and realistic expectations are so crucial to your experience with cosmetic surgery.”

Sometimes life events have damaged our skin, abdominal muscles and body fat distribution, and no amount of exercise or dieting will get you the shape you want – in scenarios where this is the case, surgery can be considered as an option to get the body and breast contours you’re wanting.

If you want your body to look its best again – and exercise or nutrition aren’t working – then visit our Body Surgery pages for details about Abdominoplasty procedures and other Cosmetic Surgery options that may help you regain a flatter looking tummy or more uplifted breasts.

New Mums often choose Breast Surgery and Tummy Tuck Procedures

Your options may include a Mummy Makeover (combined Breast & Tummy Surgery), a Mini-Tummy Tuck, a full-Tummy Tuck, an Upper Abdominoplasty and a Belt Lipectomy or “Circumferential Abdominoplasty” procedure.  These may be combined with liposuction for body sculpting as well as other body contouring or skin rejuvenation options and ‘belly button’ makeovers.

It all depends on you, your physique, your skin health and the degree of excess skin needing surgical reduction.  Custom surgical planning also relies on what specific appearance aims are leaving you wanting to explore your options for surgery to get a flatter tummy – such as when exercise fails because your abdominal muscles are torn or you have over-stretched stomach skin after children or significant weight loss.

Dr Rubinstein offers women:

  • DRAIN-FREE cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures
  • Extensive pre-surgery planning including extensive measurements
  • Precision surgical approaches including best practice post-op scar management to minimise scar formation

Dr Rubinstein also helps repair abdominal muscles or skin that was damaged or over-stretched during pregnancy or childbirth. He helps women get back a flatter, tighter tummy area so that they feel more body-confident again, as well as more comfortable wearing swimwear, lingerie and other types of clothing.

Before & After Photos – Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – Dr Craig Rubinstein

Read about a Patient’s experience with her first Tummy Tuck procedure prior to being treated by Dr Rubinstein.


The Mummy Makeover: Breast Enhancement Surgery and Tummy Tuck Procedures

A popularly requested cosmetic surgery choice for women who have finished having children or breast feeding is sometimes called a “Mummy Makeover Surgery.

A Mummy Makeover typically involves a combination of surgeries. Most often, it involves a breast enhancement procedure such as a Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation, or both – and sometimes it involves a Breast Reduction.  It’s often performed sequentially with a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure, depending on which are of the body the patient prefers to reshape first.  Sometimes it is performed to remedy an earlier abdominal surgery that didn’t get the results that were desired.

Dr Craig Rubinstein’s Care Excellence Commitment for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Patients

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a kind, funny and caring surgeon with an outstanding bedside manner.  He believes in open, honest and respectful communication at all levels of the surgery journey.

Patients of Dr Rubinstein appreciate his caring, calming and approachable nature as well as his unwavering dedication to precision surgery planning and post-op care.

Devoted to helping each and every patient get the best possible results out of their customised surgery procedures, Dr Rubinstein goes well beyond many Surgeons in terms of measurements, markups, discussions and risk management, including using a Keller Funnel for breast implant placements.

Find out for yourself what Dr Craig  Rubinstein’s  patients say about him by doing a Google search on his name.


Video of Dr Craig Rubinstein, Specialist Plastic Surgeon for Abdominoplasty surgery, Breast Reduction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Removal and Replacement, Corrective Breast Surgery


Operating Hospitals and Dr Craig Rubinstein’s Surgical Support Team

Dr Craig Rubinstein performs his procedures at Melbourne’s quality Private Hospital facilities including St Vincent’s Private Hospital Kew and Epworth East Melbourne (Cliveden).

  • Dr Rubinstein believes that is is highly important that you have the best possible Support Team accompanying you throughout all aspects of your patient journey.
  • From our in-house staff and nurses to Surgical Assistants to Anaesthetists, Dr Rubinstein’s experienced team can deliver you an unparalleled level of patient care, advice and education regarding your procedure.
  • Dr Craig Rubinstein an his Team also provide optimal post-op healing opportunities including Rapid Recover packages and best-practice scar minimisation strategies including Fraxel laser treatments.

To meet Dr Craig Rubinstein and his team, please send a confidential Enquiry form, below.  You can also register to attend a regular FREE practice Event.

Professional Credentials – Plastic Surgeons often have the highest qualifications in Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery

Not all Surgeons have the same backgrounds or training.  To become a Plastic Surgeon typically takes over 14 years or more for most Surgeons who undertake advanced training.

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a member of the following Professional Societies and dedicated nearly two full decades to advanced education and surgical training before starting a private practice over two decades ago.


PLEASE NOTE: Plastic Surgeons are the most qualified surgeons in Australia for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Surgery.

They undertake far more training and are more extensively qualified than Cosmetic Surgeons and Cosmetic Physicians.

For safety and patient care reasons, our Team also emphasises the importance of always choosing a highly-experienced Plastic Surgeon who is also qualified to operate in a fully accredited Australian hospital.


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Plastic Surgeon Dr Craig Rubinstein’s Significant Surgical Experience

Dr Craig Rubinstein has performed over 7,000+ Breast Enhancement procedures including Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction, Corrective Breast Surgery for Asymmetry and Breast Lifts.

Having spent time training in Switzerland, as well as a Plastic Surgery Fellow in Britain and America for several years, he maintains his commitment to continuing professional development and education at the highest levels possible.

Dr Rubinstein is particularly sought for his Breast Reduction surgery experience. He uses a unique approach and advanced surgical technique that involves a less invasive approach than the traditional breast reduction techniques. This approach allows him to help his breast surgery patient to heal quicker, experience less scarring and – ultimately – achieve better long term Breast Reduction results.



Dr Craig Rubinstein completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1984 before accomplishing the Master of Surgery (MS) from The University of Melbourne in 1990. He then trained with The Royal Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons, qualifying in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (FRACS) and has been a fellow since 1994.

Dr Craig Rubinstein has been published in several prestigious Australian and International medical journals. He speaks at conferences all over the world and is frequently approached by national print and broadcast media for his professional opinion and comments on plastic surgery trends.

Why choose Dr Craig Rubinstein for your Breast or Tummy Surgery?

Choosing plastic surgery is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. Like all patients, you want excellent results.

Choosing a highly-experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon to perform your surgery is extremely important, as you will be living with your Surgeon choice — and your surgery results — for a very long time.

You will face the results of your decision every single day of your life after your procedure.

That’s why our Surgery Team feels it’s important to NOT risk using less-trained Surgeons or new Surgeon’s you’ll meet just briefly near your time of Surgery, such as occurs regularly with overseas tourism procedures.  In addition to your care as a patient during your surgery procedure, your after-care (patient post-op care) is extremely important for optimal recovery, risk management and patient safety.

For best continuity of care in your patient journey, it is important that your Surgeon is a fully-qualified, highly-experienced Australian Plastic Surgeon Specialist — one that you’ll have ready access to before, during and after your procedure.

You deserve the patient empathy, experience, surgical planning precision, thoroughness, attention to detail and post-op scar minimisation that Dr Craig Rubinstein brings to all his patients.

Our approach to recovery is simple. We do whatever we can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.

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NEXT STEPS on your Plastic Surgery or Cosmetic Surgery journey for breast enhancement or a flatter tummy

Visit our FAQs pages, learn more about your procedure and have a look at our photo galleries.

How to Book your Initial Consultation with Dr Craig Rubinstein, Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne for Cosmetic Surgery for Women (Breast Surgery and Abdominoplasty)

  • Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • A Referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Book a consultation with your Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking reservation fee

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes

Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?

  • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
  • Book a Complimentary Nurse Consultation (FREE)
  • Organise a phone call with Patient Coordinator (FREE)
  • Attend our Regular Practice Events and hear from our of Plastic Surgeons and their top support team (FREE)
  • Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us
  • Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure

Please contact us using a confidential enquiry form to arrange to book a consultation with one of our expert Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with a Patient Care Coordinator. During clinic hours, you can also phone (03) 8849 1444.


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