Do you have a question about plastic surgery? Below is a list of questions I am regularly asked about plastic surgery procedures, and the planning and processes around it. If you have a question which isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact me.
Whilst it is not a requirement for you to have a doctor’s referral, it can be advantageous for you. If you have a referral, this will mean you can claim a portion of the cost of your consultation through Medicare. If you have a regular GP, they will be able to provide you with a referral, and we will then be able to keep them informed of your progress. However, we do also understand if you would prefer your GP did not know about your intention to undergo plastic surgery; I always respect the privacy of my patients.
Private health cover is not a necessity to undergo plastic surgery, but it can provide benefits which are highly advantageous, and many people are surprised to discover that in some situations, certain procedures are covered by health insurance. Examples of these include breast reduction, breast lift, eyelid reduction surgery and abdominoplasty when they are not purely for cosmetic purposes. Please note you will need to check the exact details of your coverage with your insurer.
If you have private health insurance and your procedure is not purely cosmetic, you should find that either most or all of the operating theatre costs for your hospital stay will be covered. Furthermore, even if your procedure was purely cosmetic, if you were to develop any complications following your surgery which resulted in your requiring a subsequent surgery, this will likely be covered by your insurance.
As you can see, having private health cover can provide you with a degree of peace of mind around any surgery you may be considering.
The cost of your procedure will be dependent on many different factors, making it quite difficult to provide you with an accurate estimate without you attending a consultation. However, on the page for most of the treatments I offer, you will find pricing range estimates.
At your consultation, we will discuss your needs and goals for your surgery in depth, and I will conduct an examination to ascertain the best approach to your treatment, as well as ensuring it’s a viable option for you. We will also discuss your level of private health insurance, anaesthetist’s fees, the hospital fees, and the surgical assistant’s fees. Following your consultation, I will be able to provide you with a written quote outlining your costs.
To request your appointment, either call my office, or send an online enquiry. My friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to help you.
This varies depending on a lot of things! Please contact my office to request your appointment; I promise I’ll see you as soon as possible.
At your consultation, we will discuss your goals and needs at length. I will then conduct a physical examination, and discuss the techniques there are available to help you achieve your goals, as well as my recommendation as to which is best suited to you. If you are undergoing a breast surgery, we’ll also use my 3D Vectra software so you can get a realistic visual of the likely outcome of your surgery.
There is no one-size-fits all for my patients; each and every patient is treated as an individual, and your treatment will be tailored to suit your unique needs. I encourage my patients to speak candidly, and raise any concerns or questions they might have around their treatment. There is no such thing as a silly question!
With any surgery which involves making a cut into the skin, there will always be a scar; it’s simply inevitable. However, I employ techniques to minimise the appearance of this scarring after the healing process has completed. Where possible, the incisions for your procedure will be placed in such a way that they will be hidden from view.
It should also be noted, however, that scarring is something which is very much dependent on your genetics. Some skin types, including African and Asian, are more prone to forming significant scars, and others may experience keloid scarring, which can leave upraised and odd-looking scarring from even the smallest injury to the skin.
I will discuss these factors with you in detail at your consultation.
Did you know that in Australia any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon? On the other hand, only someone who has completed a minimum of 4 extra years of specialised training in plastic surgery can call themselves a plastic surgeon.
When you are choosing your surgeon, you should ensure they are a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons; this guarantees they have completed the specialist training, and fully adhere to the requirements and standards which are set out in the code of ethics. You can find out more on the ASPS website.
I am a fully qualified plastic surgeon, have undergone extensive further training, and am involved in training up-and-coming plastic surgeons. I am also a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the president of their NSW chapter.