The consultation is $250 Get a local doctor’s referral to claim $70 back from Medicare or $104 if you have private health fund. Generally, a referral is only required if you would like to claim some money back.
The initial consultation is very important. It usually lasts 45-60min. Australia Plastic Surgery’s surgeons will help you make the right decision regarding your health by choosing the right treatment for you.
Australia Plastic Surgery’s surgeons will listen to you carefully and discuss your goals and expectations. All the latest information, science and technology in advanced cosmetic surgery will be explained to you, including the surgical and non-surgical “soft treatment” options. Our consultation is designed to facilitate good communication, which we believe is the key to making successful choices.
Usually a computer simulation is done, to make sure that the patient and the surgeon share the same vision of the treatment.
You will be shown comparisons of pre- and post-procedure results, as well as photos of the procedure itself to give you an understanding of each surgical manoeuvre.
Don’t hesitate to ask any questions.
At Australia Plastic Surgery, our surgeons advise you to bring images of your younger self with you (20-30 years of age), preferably not smiling. Our surgeons will study these photographs to determine the volumes and shapes needed to restore the structure of youth.
Understanding the Treatment
The Treatments at Australia Plastic Surgery is simplified into 2 categories, soft touch treatment and surgical treatment:
- Injectable soft tissue fillers to treat wrinkles and improve skin quality
- Injectables to enhance facial structures such as lips, eyebrows and other parts of the body.
- Laser for skin rejuvenation.
Dr Kohout and Dr Barnouti insist on performing these procedures themselves. Despite the extra time it takes, the surgeons feel that their in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy allows for more refined injection techniques.
These treatments are provided on the same day of consultation in the office and may require local anaesthetics. You will be able to drive a car after the treatment.
If surgery is planned, then our surgeons will give you specific instructions on how to prepare, including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, and taking/avoiding certain medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
The Day of Surgery
Many of our surgical procedures allow you to return home the same day, but some require you to stay in hospital overnight.
- Minor surgery under local anaesthetics: patients are able to drive immediately, no need to fast unless otherwise specified, usually done in the Australia Plastic Surgery office.
- Any surgery that requires sedation or general anaesthetic: arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, need to fast for 6 hours before surgery, usually done in hospital settings.
After Your Surgery
- When you return home after a procedure, you will always be given a card with information about your next visit, the phone numbers of the Australia Plastic Surgery clinic and of the surgeon involved so that you can contact him day and night. The operated site will be covered with dressing. Pain-killers or antibiotics will be prescribed if necessary.
- A Postoperative instruction will be provided for you. (Bruising varies from person to person, usually lasting anywhere from two days to three weeks).
- The dressing and stitches will be removed at our Australia Plastic Surgery clinic at the appropriate time
Getting You Back to Work And Normal Activities
You will be given specific instructions on when you can go back to work, the level of duties you may undertake and the time after which you may recommence full duties. Generally, we encourage people to go back to work sooner rather than later. If you are to have a Complex Plastic surgery, you will probably be instructed to keep your activities to a minimum for few days especially activities that raise your blood pressure, including bending, lifting, and rigorous sports.
Time to Heal
Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain slightly pink for three to six months after surgery. Eventually they will fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line.