FAQs – Commonly asked Questions about Plastic Surgery
Popular plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery FAQs
Surgeon Consultation FAQs
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 and it helps to plan ahead and to try not to change an existing appointment time.
- However, with clever management of their consultation 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 so you can 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 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 desired 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).
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 payment methods your own surgery – 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 all the school holidays 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.
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 faced by teenagers that are not considered to have “normal looks” by their peers – especially the consequences of being bullied at school. 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, and 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 – To improve 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 may not be as good for patient-safety as having surgery in a genuine hospital.
Our Surgeons usually operate at:
- St Vincent’s Private Hospital – Kew
- Masada Private Hospital – St Kilda
- Epworth Hospital – Hawthorn
- Epworth Hospital – Richmond
- Epworth Hospital – Cliveden
- St John Of God Hospital – Berwick
- The Avenue Hospital – Windsor
- Our Clinic (small scar revisions only)
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
• Dr Keng Low
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 – like 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, especially in a previously obese patient.
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 breastwork 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 – in a staged procedure. This can cost more but is done to reduce risks, reduce the chance of infection and get a better final result.
Choosing the Best Surgeon for Your Surgery – FAQs
- 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, as whilst all of our Cosmetic, Reconstructive and Plastic Surgeons are top surgeons in their areas of expertise, each has a bit of 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 very uncertain about comfort with the personality or communication style.
- That noted all of our Surgeons pride themselves on patient education and on being honest, caring communications that respect patient dignity at all times.
- 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.
+-How do you know who is a Plastic Surgeon versus just a cosmetic doctor or so called cosmetic 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:
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 and should not be substituted for direct information given to you by YOUR 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 found online with your personally selected Specialist Plastic Surgeon, whose opinions and techniques may vary.