Meet the Surgeon

Brief Info

Dr Shagun Aggarwal is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon appointed at Sydney’s premier public hospitals including Royal Prince Alfred, Prince of Wales, and Royal Hospital for Women.

He is one of the few plastic surgeons who is fellowship trained in both cosmetic surgery of the breast, body & face, as well as reconstructive microsurgery.

As his private patient you can select to be treated at a range of Sydney’s premier hospitals including Sydney Adventist Hospital, Hunters Hill Private, Castlecrag Private and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Dr Aggarwal also has privileges at the Mater, North Shore Private and Strathfield Private Hospitals.


Dr Aggarwal grew up in Sydney and graduated as Dux of James Ruse Agricultural High School. He completed his Bachelor of Science and Medical degrees from UNSW, graduating with First Class Honours. At UNSW he was awarded prizes for first place in Anatomy, Practical Anatomy and Medical Pharmacology. His passion and aptitude for anatomy, as well as his interest in art led him to pursue a career in Plastic Surgery. He undertook a year of General Surgery training, followed by 5 years of training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), resulting in his award of FRACS(Plast).

Dr Aggarwal excelled in his years of training, receiving the John Lowenthal medal in 2010 when he completed a Master of Surgery through the University of Sydney. He was also awarded the Gordon Gordon-Taylor Medal for first place in Australia and New Zealand in the RACS Surgical Primary exams. In addition, Dr Aggarwal was awarded the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) Prize on 2 occasions for the best aesthetic essay in 2013 and 2014.

After completing training Dr Aggarwal completed a number of fellowships, before returning to Sydney to commence his public and private practice.

Dr Aggarwal is happily married – his wife, Dr Neha Aggarwala, is a specialist anaesthetist, and they have 2 young children.


After completion of his Australian training, Dr Aggarwal undertook further subspecialty training in highly sought fellowships abroad.

Breast Reconstruction & Cosmetic Surgery of the Breast, Body & Face – University of Toronto

Dr Mitch Brown with Dr Aggarwal (above 2 photos)

Dr John Semple and Dr Aggarwal

At the University of Toronto, Dr Aggarwal worked with Dr Mitch Brown, , Director of Plastic Surgery Training and Dr John Semple, Head of Department of Plastic Surgery at Women’s College Hospital. Dr Brown is regarded as a leader in Canada as well as North America for his cosmetic, reconstructive and revision breast plastic surgery. Dr Brown is also known across the world for his invention of Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) day that has been replicated around the world to increase awareness on reconstructive options after mastectomy. Dr Aggarwal spent this time in Canada with Dr Brown performing breast reconstruction with acellular dermal matrices (Flex HD), tissue expanders, and direct to implant reconstruction in patients having mastectomy. In addition he performed breast augmentation, breast reductions, mastopexies, augmentation-mastopexy, facelifts, rhinoplasties, body contouring, fat grafting, and revision augmentations with Dr Brown. Dr Aggarwal also co-authored a CME article in the premier journal for plastic surgeons: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), on Secondary Breast Augmentation.

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To learn more about the fellowship – Click this link

Advanced Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

As the most sought after microsurgical fellowship in the United States, Dr Aggarwal was awarded this prestigious position via the competitive Microsurgery Match system, receiving 1 of only 3 fellowship positions, and being the first Australian plastic surgeon to receive the honour.

Here Dr Aggarwal worked alongside world-renowned surgeons Dr Joseph Serletti, Dr Liza Wu, Dr Scott Levin and personally performed over 220 microsurgical reconstructions (free flaps) of the breast, head & neck, upper and lower limb as primary operator. In particular Dr Aggarwal perfected perforator dissection for flaps such as DIEP for breast reconstruction.

To learn more about the fellowship – Click this link

Dr Aggarwal collaborated with surgeons in the unit to publish in the Journal of Microsurgery regarding the risk of venous stasis and thromboembolism in women undergoing free flap breast reconstruction (published 2017).

Dr Aggarwal’s knowledge, and experience from high volume, low morbidity centres of excellence have been invaluable in delivery of a high quality surgical service to his patients in Sydney. His professional and personable nature result in excellent patient satisfaction both with their surgical results and patient journey.

Current Appointments

VMO Plastic Surgeon at Sydney’s premier public hospitals:

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Royal Hospital for Women

Plastic Surgeon appointed at:

  • Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN)
  • SAN Day Surgery
  • Castlecrag Private Hospital
  • Hunters Hill Private Hospital
  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

In addition, Dr Aggarwal has operating privileges and works with other surgeons at:

  • North Shore Private Hospital
  • The Mater Hospital
  • Strathfield Private Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Private Hospital

Professional Body Memberships

– Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons

– Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

– American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

– American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

– Alumni of University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Oxford


Dr Aggarwal is passionate about teaching and education.

He is a teacher of future plastic surgeons at his positions at Royal Prince Alfred, Prince of Wales Hospital, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital.

Recently, Dr Aggarwal has been appointed the NSW Co-ordinator of the Accredited Plastic Surgery Teaching Program.

Dr Aggarwal is involved in medical student education through all the three major medical schools in Sydney:

  • He teaches students from USYD at RPA and SAN
  • He teaches students from UNSW at POW, RHW and SCH

Dr Aggarwal is also interested in training standards and further improvements in the delivery of plastic surgery training. For two years (during his training) Dr Aggarwal was a representative of trainees on the National Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Scholar & Researcher

Dr Aggarwal regularly collaborates with other plastic surgeons locally and internationally to further plastic surgery research.

He also regularly attends both national and international conferences to maintain the best evidence based practice for his Sydney patients.

His published journal articles include:

  • Aggarwal, S. Aggarwala, S. Fat Grafting: Its Role in Breast Reconstruction. Curr Surg Rep 2017 Jun: 5: 11.
  • Momeni A, Tecce MG, Lanni MA, Aggarwal S, Pannucci C, Kovach SJ, Kanchwala SK, Wu LC, Serletti JM. Increased Lower Extremity Venous Stasis May Contribute to Deep Venous Thrombosis Formation after Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction-An Ultrasonographic Study. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2017 Mar;33(3):173-178
  • Brown M, Somoygi R, Aggarwal S. CME-Secondary Breast Augmentation. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jul;138(1):119e-35e.
  • Aggarwal S, Pennington DG. Gluteal reconstruction using free flaps. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Aug;66(8):1149-52
  • Aggarwal S, Maitz P, Kennedy P. Electrical flash burns due to switchboard explosions in New South Wales- A 9 Year Experience. Burns 2011 Sep;37(6):1038-43

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