FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Surgery

FAQs & Commonly Asked Questions about Plastic Surgery

FAQs Blogs about Specific Procedures

NOTE – Coco Ruby is a Private Practice

  • We don’t offer ‘No Gap’ Surgery, we do NOT accept VOC Victims of Crime, TAC claims, Workcover Claims  or DVA claims at the clinic.
  • Our plastic surgeons NO longer perform public surgery in a Public Hospital

Surgeon Consultation FAQs

  • A standard consultation is $300
  • A Consultation and Nose Examination with Dr Kleid is $600

+-How soon can I get a consultation?

What is the waiting time for a consult with a Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne?

  • Our specialist plastic surgeons are always busy. It helps to plan ahead and try not to change an existing appointment time.
  • However, with clever management of their diaries and theatre dates, we can typically arrange your consultation within 5 to 10 working days up to 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Occasionally schedules will be more difficult and have longer waiting periods. Such as when our Surgeons present at international conferences such as ASAPS/ISAPS or the Breast Masters in Sydney.  Read more about our 20 point differences from other groups – WHY US.

+-How do I schedule a consultation or surgery date?

  • Last-minute consultations are often available as some patients may need to reschedule at short notice.
  • Sometimes surgery can also be arranged in a short period of time after the mandatory waiting period.
  • It’s usually best to plan for your surgery so you can arrange time off from your normal activities. You will need the time off to, rest, recover and heal properly.

Initial consultations may also be available after-hours and on Saturday mornings. Please ask our Patient Care Coordinator.

Planning and Scheduling Your Surgery FAQs

+-How long will I need to wait for surgery?

We work hard to accommodate special date requests for most patients and minimise both surgical and consult wait times.

There are mandatory wait times, however, so if you have a specific date in mind, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to help you schedule your Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery to best meet your scheduling preferences.

Surgery wait times can vary depending on the time of year and other factors including; the type of surgery you are wanting and whether there is preparation required for your procedure.

Sometimes your Surgeon may have a month to six month waiting period for surgery; so it pays to get your surgery date booked as far in advance as possible. Especially if you NEED to have surgery on a specific week or time of year (over Christmas or school holidays, for example).

Stand-by surgery times can also be available at short notice, as occasionally patients need to reschedule for personal reasons (e.g. due to illness) please ask.

There are also mandatory waiting periods or cooling-off periods (see next question).

Waiting period FAQ

+-What are the mandatory waiting periods for cosmetic surgery?

  • There is a mandatory cooling-off period for some procedures.
  • Insured patients or medically necessary procedures may incur delays:
    • patients may need to seek permission or assess coverage and/or
    • provide extensive documentation and photographs in order to apply for rebates from Medicare and Insurance companies for some procedures.
  • If you are NOT insured and are paymenting for your own surgery in full, you could have surgery now. Please enquire about “Stand by” surgery lists and prices.

+-What are the busy and best times of the year to have surgery?

  • February and November are the quietest months for surgery.
  • Around the start of any school holiday is a busy time. Many patients choose to have surgery pre and post-Xmas day to recover during the Summer Holidays. Others choose Easter Holiday breaks, mid-year breaks or September School Holidays.
  • Surgery, while the kids are at school, can reduce disruption to the family.
  • Some patients choose Winter months as a good time to have plastic surgery because you can hibernate and recover at home.

Age Limits on Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery

+-Is there a Minimum Age for Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery?

We prefer a minimum age of 18 years, although some younger patients can be operated on for corrective or reconstructive purposes. We are well aware of the difficult life teenagers face when they are not thought to have “normal looks” by their peers. Especially the consequences of being bullied at school for overly large ears, nose, breasts etc. You are welcome to bring in your daughter or son for a talk about their future possibilities.

+-What is the Maximum Age for Plastic Surgery?

Many patients in their 50’s and 60’s ask whether they are too old for Plastic Surgery. The general answer is you are NOT too old for surgery if you are in good health. We see many patients of different ages transforming their lives with face, body and breast surgery. We have had plastic surgery patients as old as 80. You’re never too old to look your best!


+-Which Australia Hospitals do you operate at in Melbourne?

We only operate at Accredited Hospitals. This improves patient-safety measures and excellent care from fully-qualified medical and surgical staff, our major plastic surgery procedures are performed at accredited Hospitals.

Note that many ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ or doctors often don’t have operating rights in actual hospitals. Having a major surgery in the back room of someone’s clinic is not as good for patient-safety as having surgery in a genuine hospital.

Our Surgeons usually operate at:


+-Which Anaesthetists do you use?

Each Coco Ruby surgeon has a very small, select group of anaesthetists for their procedures.

Most of our anaesthetists have been with our surgeons for up to two decades, making them experts in Plastic Surgery Anaesthesia. This results in a shorter anaesthetic with minimal chance of post-operative complications and better postoperative pain management. Where indicated, our anaesthetists organise for Patient Controlled Analgesia devices to be implemented, for efficient post-operative pain management in the ward.

All Anaesthetists are fully qualified and experienced in working in accredited hospitals.

Dr Andrew Rubinfeld, Dr Paul Rozental, Dr Manash Patel, Dr Maurice Amir, Dr Allison Lilley, Dr Alain Aronowicz, Dr James Mitchell, Dr Emily Dickson and Dr Keng Low

Surgery FAQS

+-Should I have separate or combined procedures?

There are both advantages and disadvantages for combining your plastic surgeries. One big advantage is the saving of money, time and recovery downtime.

We offer a discount on any second or third procedure done at the same time as the first procedure while in hospital. Your hospital fees and anaesthetist fees will also be less if you combine your procedures.

Many significant weight loss patients could have combined operations. For example, upper and lower body lifts including circumferential abdominoplasty, breast reduction, arm and thigh lift, even a facelift or nose job. The downside is the real risk and recovery time from such a large combined operation.

One of our advantages in having a team of specialist plastic surgeons is that they can work together at the same time to perform different plastic surgery procedures. For example, you could have face, body and breast work done in combination. This speeds up the operation, lowering risk, reducing your time under general anaesthetic and gets a better outcome.

Many patients combine procedures for a “makeover” effect.

  • Combining Breast and Tummy procedures (a mummy makeover)
  • Add extra Liposuction for better results (remove stubborn fat pockets)
  • Face and Body surgery can also be done at the same time

Depending on your overall health, ability to recover or for a better aesthetic result, your surgeon may ask you to do your surgeries separately. This can cost more but is done to; reduce risks, reduce the chance of infection and also get a better final result.

Choosing the Best Surgeon for Your Surgery – FAQs

+-What if I don't like the Surgeon I met with at my first consultation?

  • Our Surgeons are known for their expertise, caring nature, empathic style and positive communication styles.
  • They aim to provide respect and dignity at all stages of your surgery journey.
  • If, however, for any reason YOU do not want to proceed with the first Surgeon you met with at our clinic, we offer you the chance to meet with another of our top Specialist Plastic Surgeons to discuss your chosen procedure.
  • This gives you flexibility. Whilst all of our Cosmetic, Reconstructive and Plastic Surgeons are top surgeons in their areas of expertise, each has a different personality and style of communication.

It’s best if you feel 100% comfortable with your choice of Plastic Surgeon.

  • So we’re happy to offer a second consultation with another surgeon if you’re feeling uncertain or uncomfortable with the personality or communication style.
  • All of our Surgeons pride themselves on patient education and on being honest, caring communications that respect patient dignity at all times.

+-Are Cosmetic Surgeons the same as Plastic Surgeons?

  • No – having a FRACS (Plas) Plastic Surgeon qualification means your doctor is an elite, highly qualified and AHPRA recognised Specialist Surgeon in the field of Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.
  • Compare this to a so-called cosmetic surgeon – this could mean anything from being a GP or other doctor who decided to offer cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation WITHOUT undertaking Specialist Plastic Surgery training, exams and RACS qualifications.

TIP: Only an actual RACS recognised Specialist can use the term SPECIALIST PLASTIC SURGEON. If your surgeon is only a cosmetic surgeon, which is an unprotected medical title anyone can use; and NOT a Plastic Surgeon. Be sure you understand the differences.

Plastic surgeon Vs Cosmetic Surgeon FAQ

+-How do you know who is a Plastic Surgeon versus just a cosmetic doctor or so called cosmetic surgeon?

Discover the difference between a Cosmetic Surgeon vs a Plastic Surgeon

Look for recognition on sites such as ASAPS, ASPS, RACS and AHRPA.

If your Surgeon is really a Plastic Surgeon, they will have memberships or recognition in these groups:

ASAPS, ASPS, RACS and AHRPA plastic Surgery

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Cosmetic Surgery FAQs Disclaimers

  • Note this information on surgery FAQS including recovery times and scars IS general information only.
  • This information does not constitute medical advice nor a medical relationship.
  • These answers may be subject to changes, they are not a substitute for direct information from a professional SURGEON.
  • Plus, in a group setting, NOT all answers apply to ALL Surgeons NOR TO ALL surgery patients.

There is a large degree of surgery customisation and varying methods and surgical techniques between different surgeons and Surgery groups in Australia. So please be sure you affirm any information you find online with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon, whose opinions and techniques may vary.

Coco Ruby’s Specialist Plastic and ENT 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 specialist plastic surgeons 

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.