Meet Our Surgeon, Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson MBBS FRACS is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon whose skills are in demand throughout central Victoria. Based in Bendigo, he has established a quality practice offering a variety of surgical and non-surgical services.

Experience and Qualifications

Richard Dickinson MBBS FRACS is a city-trained surgeon who brings a wealth of professional expertise to his role at Bendigo Plastic Surgery.

Qualifications, experience and training

Richard completed training in general surgery in Sydney in 1987. Completing his FRACS General Surgery in Newcastle in 1993, he acquired experience in trauma, cardiothoracic, head and neck surgery, melanoma and microsurgery.

He relocated from Newcastle back to Sydney, in order to commence four years of additional training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 1994, with the intention of eventually returning to regional Australia to practice as a surgeon.

Richard completed his FRACS Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1997, working at the Major Burns Unit in the Concord and North Shore Hospitals. He undertook Plastic and Microsurgical training before working at Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Plastic and reconstructive services for regional Victoria

Following his training, Richard brought this expertise back to Bendigo. He was central Victoria’s first full time resident specialist since 1998, and established PRS services at Bendigo Health, Castlemaine Health, Rochester and Elmore Health services.

Richard has been in private practice at St John of God Hospital since 1998, and opened a practice at Bendigo Day Surgery in 2008, which now operates under the name Bendigo Plastic Surgery and offers a range of surgical and non-surgical options.

Bendigo Day Surgery was awarded a Bendigo Business Excellence award in 2018, in recognition of its status as a major healthcare provider and employer for regional Victoria, and for delivering excellence in healthcare.

Family, interests and hobbies

Richard has four adult sons who all have successful careers in the electrical, defence and medical industries. His passion for restoration also manifests itself in his personal interests, which include projects to restore cars and motorcycles.

A lifetime in aviation has nurtured a keen interest in safety, and this informs his approach to work, where patient safety is paramount. He and his partner lovingly maintain one of Bendigo’s heritage properties, reflecting his passion for the town he calls home.

Experienced Surgical All-Rounder

Richard is qualified to perform a wide range of surgical procedures for the face, body, breasts, skin and hands, and has years of experience as a city-trained surgeon. Surgery is Richard’s passion, and he consistently delivers exceptional results for his clients.

As a proven all-rounder, Richard successfully performs eye, nose and ear surgery, as well as body surgeries for the breast, abdomen, arms, thighs and hands. He is also qualified for skin cancer repair and skin reconstruction procedures.

Breast Surgery Specialist

Richard specialises in breast surgery, and will work with you to achieve your desired outcomes. He also specialises in the treatment of “gynecomastia” - colloquially known as “man boobs” - which can be treated with minimal access surgery as a day procedure.

With experience in a vast range of procedures, Richard brings his skills to performing breast reduction, breast implants, breast lifts, breast augmentation, breast reconstruction and male breast reduction, for gynaecomastia.