Dr. Mark Vucak QPS surgeon (M.B., B.S.(W.A), F.R.A.C.S)
Dr Mark Vucak has been specialising in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery for the past 26 years. His busy specialist practice in Townsville services the North Queensland area in Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns.
Qld Plastic Surgery has treated around 45,000 patients since opening its doors in 1994. The clinic offers a wide range of procedures from breast and facial surgery to cosmetic, body contouring and reconstructive surgery. As well as cosmetic surgery, we have a large experience in skin cancer, especially of the face, as well as melanoma in all parts of the body.
Breast and facial surgery are Dr Vucak’s special area of interest, however he also performs many body sculpting procedures such as abdominoplasty, liposuction and body lifts. Breast augmentation is one of his most popular procedures, with having inserted over 10,000 implants since starting his practice.
Dr Vucak has a holistic approach to patient care and understanding as he commenced medicine in general practice. He then he undertook 4 years of general surgery and 4 years of plastic surgery training before completing his cosmetic fellowship at Emory University and Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia where he was under the supervision and guidance of six of America’s best plastic surgeons working in a team. This is where his interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery was kindled and he has continued down this path since that time, over 25 years ago.
Dr Mark Vucak travelled extensively as a child as his father was an aircraft engineer and his mother a flight attendant. His father was working in Kuwait when Dr Vucak was born and he lived in the Middle East as a child because of this. This causes great amusement when travelling as he is continually pulled up by security, especially when travelling in the USA, as his passport shows his birthplace as Kuwait. The Vucak family returned to Perth a few years later where Dr Vucak completed his education.
The first medical experience Dr Vucak can remember is in Lae, New Guinea where his mother worked in the hospital and he did a paper round when he was in grade 5. It was of the smell of the hospital; he says that hospitals all over the world have the same smell.
Dr Vucaks’ introduction to plastic surgery was as a patient in the burns unit at Royal Perth Hospital after being caught in a gas explosion whilst fighting a fire on a surfing trip. He managed to get a patients’ perspective on the treatment, which has helped him throughout his career.
Always an active person, Dr Vucak was in the Australian Canoe team while studying at university and represented Australia overseas and at the World Championships where he performed very well. His main interest now is chess and he has travelled all over the world competing in chess competitions.
Dr Vucak has had a very busy working life; he has previously worked as a surgical consultant at Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Freemantle Hospital and The Townsville Hospital. He has lectured at international meetings where he has been requested to speak on Breast Surgery and Augmentation. He is also involved in media education and teaches medical students, interns and Surgical Trainees through James Cook University. He attends Peer review and management meetings regularly including the Medical Advisory clinic of the Mater Hospital Townsville. Dr Vucak also advises the hospitals on the equipment needed in the theatres, he was instrumental in bringing Erbium resurfacing laser and reciprocating powered liposuction cannulas for very even and effective procedures into the hospital.
Dr Vucak developed Chrysalis Medispa in the early 2000’s as a response to the North Queensland environment. As we age in North Queensland the environment is not kind and sun damage can advance the ageing process. Dr Vucak became aware of this and has since developed Chrysalis Medispa; which offers a suite of lasers and modern technology including IPL, vascular laser rejuvenation, Cool sculpt, Dermapen, Protégé RF treatment, high intensity LED skin care, acne light treatment, Zimmer cooling machines, Fraxel and Pearl lasers as well as carbon dioxide laser and a range of medical grade skin care. It provides a very comprehensive clinic not often found in any capital city.
The clinic has six staff including two general practitioners, an injectable nurse, a dermal therapist and a skin care therapist. The staff can often diagnose and successfully treat many non-surgical skin diagnoses and provide a range of treatments including
Degrees & Training
- The University of Western Australia – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 1983.
- Emory University – Resident in Plastic Surgery 1993 – 1994.
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Plastic & Reconstruction
- The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons