Preparation for Surgery

Questions for the patient to consider before pursuing Plastic Surgery:

  • What are my motives for wanting to change how I look?
  • What are the specific attributes of my appearance that I want to change?
  • Do I have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery?
  • What aspects of my life will be affected such as family, work, travel and social obligations?
  • What time in my life will work best so that I have the greatest chance for a successful recovery?
  • Have I talked about my concerns and questions openly with my health care provider?

Peace of Mind

  • Confirm he/she is a specialist with the highest degree in the field.
  • Confirm he/she has been qualified by the Royal Australia College of Surgeons (FRACS), the only qualifying buddy for surgeons in Australia.

Questions to ask the specialist surgeon

  • How many procedures have you done similar to the one I’m considering?
  • Who is my Anaesthetist?
  • Are there any major side effects with that particular surgery?
  • What clinical results can I expect? View before and after photos if possible.
  • What kind of help will I need during recovery and for how long?
  • How long do I need to stay off work?
  • How long before I see the final outcome of my plastic surgery?
  • When can I go back to work and resume exercise?
  • Are there complications unique to my medical history?
  • Will I have any scars and if yes, what will they look like?
  • Are the stitches dissolvable or require removal?
  • Financial disclosure, how much does the procedure cost?

Questions to ask about a procedure

  • What does the procedure do? What does it not do? Remember, every surgery has its own limitation
  • What are the risks and complications associated with this procedure?
  • How long is the recovery period?
  • Can I expect much discomfort?
  • Will I have exposed scars?
  • Are there other procedures I should consider at the same time?
  • Is there any other alternative treatment? Know all your options
  • How long will the results last?
  • How much does it cost?