Patient Resources

Patient Resources for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Patients

These Patient Resources have everything you need to find out more about your surgery. From downloadable guides to comparing cosmetic surgery prices in Melbourne to what’s involved with surgery and recovery, we have you covered. Our Melbourne Surgeon resources are valuable viewing for ANY patient who’s exploring plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery in Melbourne.

Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery – Melbourne (formerly Cosmetic Surgery for Women)

Patient Resources Available include;

  • Download Guides
  • Download Checklist
  • FAQs
  • Blogs
  • Plastic Surgery Videos
  • Vectra 3D Imaging
  • Virtual Consultations Patient Resources
  • Recovery Tips and Information
  • Risks and Complications of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery
  • Interstate and Overseas Patient Resources
  • Useful Links


Which of our Team’s recommended Plastic Surgeons should you choose?

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Patient Resources; Our Team of Plastic Surgeons and ENT Surgeons

Dr Craig Rubinstein – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Melbourne)
Dr Geoff Barnett – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (Melbourne)
Dr Rebecca Wyten – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Melbourne)
Dr Richard Sackelariou – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon ((Melbourne) and Sydney)
Dr Rohit Kumar – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (Melbourne and Sydney)
Dr Stephen Kleid – Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon (Melbourne)
Dr Patrick Briggs –  Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Melbourne and Perth)
Dr David Ross – Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Melbourne)

Australia’s expert Surgeons for Breast, Body, Face, Nose, Eyelids and Skin Procedures – based in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

  • The key to choosing between recommended Surgeons is to do adequate homework and research. What Training has your Surgeon had?
  • 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.

Why? Because not all Surgeons have the same training.

  • Some have less than a year of additional training in cosmetic surgery, versus over 12 years of additional training in Cosmetic, Plastic or Reconstructive Surgery (such as a FRACS Plastic Surgeon will have).
  • Some can ONLY operate in a back-room but do NOT have privileges in genuine hospitals.
  • The best way to check is to ask AND verify with AHPRA and other medical boards IF your Surgeon is actually the Specialist Plastic Surgeon they claim to be before you commit to a surgery date.
  • No junior surgeons is also an important feature of a reputable clinic – as seen in the FOUR CORNERS expose, many breast surgery patients in Sydney experienced something far removed from typical experiences of having surgery with a bonafide Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

Is your Surgeon really a Specialist? Can they operate in a real hospital?


  • Do research to find out if your doctor REALLY IS a Plastic Surgeon (or something different like your average GP or skin cancer doctor) What level of training has your surgeon completed?
  • Don’t fall for the story of “backroom is better” – what if something goes wrong?
  • Plus, do you really want to try ‘being awake during surgery procedures’ with twilight anaesthesia rather than hospital-grade general anaesthesia?

Find out what your Surgeon’s actually a Specialist in (or if they are NOT actually a specialist at all but rather a GP or dentist).

  • If they DON’T have hospital operating rights (or give you a choice of where to operate other than their clinic rooms) they are NOT likely to be a Specialist Plastic Surgeon NOR to have operating privileges in Australian hospitals.
  • Read handy downloadable ebooks and Guides before proceeding to a consultation.

Why do people want Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery?

  • Because how we look – and how we feel about our physical appearance – matters to most of us.
  • Whether or not we WISH it were different, our self-assessments – and our confidence – is impacted by how comfortable we feel NOW – in our own skin or body – it can even impact on our confidence in a social situation, dating site profile or job interview.

There’s no question that feeling we LOOK our best can help us to feel better – and improve our overall confidence levels – but surgery is NOT a first step nor a go-to solution.

Our Surgeons are honest about what can and cannot be attained through surgery. They can also help you understand other options you might want to explore.

But if you have a condition where surgery is definitely your best solution or your only long-term solution – such as removing skin folds after pregnancy or lifting your breasts and NAC above your inframammary fold/breast crease – then be sure you see an EXPERT with FRACS, ISAPS, ASPS/ASAPS or other qualifications that indicate they have had the adequate training and skills to serve your surgery needs while prioritising your safety.

Why are you a good candidate for cosmetic plastic surgery?

This help minimises risks:

  • be sure you’re emotionally healthy as well as physically healthy
  • eat right and rest well before and after your procedure
  • follow your Surgeons pre-surgery preparation instructions and your post-operation recommendations
  • avoid unnecessary substance use
  • definitely, do not smoke
  • be at a stable weight and healthy BMI
  • don’t do too much too soon – get clearance before exercising or heavy lifting

Realistic expectations about what cosmetic plastic surgery can – and cannot – accomplish in your life – will go a long way towards patient satisfaction after having a cosmetic procedure (the “worth it” ratings you will give to the experience, surgery result and Surgeon).

Examples of how Plastic Surgery has helped individuals include:

  • Providing freedom from the burdens, pains or social challenges of imbalanced features or body parts
    • Example: extremely heavy breasts can be surgically reduced in weight and size
    • this may help reduce shoulder/neck or back pain for patients whose breast volume and breast weight impacted their posture, straining their necks, backs or shoulders
    • Males who have Gynaecomastia and want male breast reduction to reduce ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’ may also benefit from Male Breast Reduction Surgery
  • Freedom from skin irritations or concerns about excess tummy skin folds (redundant skin) after pregnancy or after significant weight loss by performing a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction (which may also help improve incontinence and reduce back pain).
  • Freedom from unwanted attention focused on a disproportionate, very bumpy, injured crooked nose, a severely recessed chin or a droopy eyelid.

Plastic Surgeons help change lives.

  • Surgery has limitations, however, based on what you’re starting with.
  • We give you expert opinions on HOW your PRE-existing conditions will impact your surgery choices and results.
  • Do, however, understand the risks and costs of surgery before you proceed, and understand there WILL be downtime (recovery time).


About Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery Download




Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons

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.

Coco Ruby Specilaist Plastic Surgeons

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons, Dr Craig RubinsteinDr Geoff Barnett, Dr Rebecca Wyten and Dr Richard Sackelariou, and Dr Stephen Kleid, and Dr Rohit Kumar offer high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results.

Each Surgeon is fully qualified with current FRACS memberships and you should also consider these factors when searching for the best Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne. Also, when choosing a Plastic Surgeon word of mouth is always a great way to gain further knowledge.

Visit our FAQs page, learn more about your procedure or have a look at our Before and After Photos.

What to do next?

Virtual-Consult plastic surgery

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: or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Virtual Consultation with a Surgeon.