Waiting Periods for Plastic Surgery or Cosmetic Surgery


Mandatory Waiting Periods for Cosmetic Surgery or Plastic Surgery

How long do I need to wait between my consultation and plastic surgery theatre date?

  • Elective surgery for adults requires a mandatory waiting period (7-day cooling-off period) before surgery can be performed.
  • The current MANDATORY WAITING PERIOD before having cosmetic surgery is 7 days from your first consultation/surgery consent to actually HAVING surgery.

Can I book surgery after a consultation?

  • You can make a full payment or a partial payment (deposit) to RESERVE/BOOK your preferred surgery date
    • if you have a certain date in mind and/or
    • are planning your surgery date and recovery time around your work, holidays/leave, childcare, studies or other commitments
    • the date is at least 7 days after your first consultation/consent
  • Read more on accepted payment methods here.
  • Read more on elective surgery waiting times in Australia.

Why are mandatory waiting periods before surgery good for patients?

  • Gives you time to PLAN your surgery recovery period including
    • childcare
    • pet care
    • time off work
    • your at-home recovery environment (comfortable clothing, bedding, pillows, food stores and more)
  • Gives you adequate TIME to REVIEW all MATERIALS and CONSENTS you’ve been given, including healing times, surgery scars, recovery and risks.
  • Provides time to get a second opinion by a Plastic Surgeons where recommended.
  • Let’s you STOP TAKING certain SUPPLEMENTS or medications that might increase your surgery RISKS
    • ask your Plastic Surgeon for a list of products or medications you need to stop using just before your surgery. (Read our blog about drinking Green Tea Before Plastic Surgery? Why it’s not the best idea.)
    • be honest with your Surgeon about substance use or prior surgery experiences
    • remember, SMOKING is a NO-NO – if you smoke, you could incur serious problems during your surgery and recovery period
  • Allows you time to UNDERSTAND key differences between a cosmetic doctor (non-specialist) and a bonafide FRACS (Plas) Specialist Plastic Surgeon – remember, choose your Surgeon wisely.
  • Gives you time to organise pre-surgery imaging or tests and photographs required by your Surgeon and/or by Medicare (if a medically-indicated procedure with an MBS item number vs a cosmetic procedure) OR gives you time to apply for early release of Super if required.
  • Allows you to prepare emotionally for undertaking a surgical procedure and recovery times, which can be emotional.
  • The key to choosing between a recommended Surgeon is to DO adequate homework and research.
  • Look at BEFORE and AFTER cosmetic surgery photos, read the blogs and articles, and watch Plastic Surgery videos.
  • Don’t just rely on online reviews or health information online or on television – know the difference between a GP or skin doctor and a genuine FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon (Specialist) so that you can have trust in your choice of Surgeon.

Our Team of Australian Plastic Surgeons (FRACS) include:

Dr Craig Rubinstein FRAC (Plas) – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn)
Dr Rebecca Wyten FRACS (Plas) – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn & Berwick)
Dr Richard Sackelariou FRACS (Plas) – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (Hawthorn & Double Bay/Sydney)
Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Plas) – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (Hawthorn)

You can meet some of our Surgeons at our MONTHLY EVENTS in Melbourne – Patient Information nights – or simply phone 1300 264 811 to arrange a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon or Blepharoplasty surgery expert.


Cosmetic Surgery Patient Resources

Contact Us

Use the form below to arrange a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Team on  1300 264 811

Visit our FAQs page, learn more about your procedure and also have a look at our BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS.


  • It’s important to recognise that results can vary from person to person and that surgery is not always the only solution.
  • That noted some procedures can go a long way in restoring balance and body confidence, as well as to minimise scars or correct facial deformities or severe asymmetry.
  • Be sure you understand results can vary from patient to patient and that other factors may influence your results, such as weight changes, substance use, skin ageing, pregnancy and other lifestyle factors and events.

Last updated: 08/05/2022
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Dr Craig Rubinstein - MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Craig Rubinstein MBBS, FRACS (Plast), a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is one of Australia's most respected Melbourne Surgeons for Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction surgery and Abdominoplasty procedures. Using advanced surgical techniques to gain better body contouring and natural-looking surgical results, Dr Rubinstein is highly regarded by peers and patients for best-practice Clinic Patient-care and patient education strategies. He published a chapter on corrective surgery for Breast Asymmetry. Qualifications/Training Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The Australian Medical Association (AMA) American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) Founder: Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery previously Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men Bio Page: https://cocorubyplasticsurgery.com.au/dr-craig-rubinstein-plastic-surgeon/

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With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone 1300 264 811, Email us: enquiries@cocoruby.com.au or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Virtual Consultation with a Surgeon.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.