Once you have had your appointment with your plastic surgeon and wish to go ahead with surgery, consider the following:
If you are uncertain about the surgery, feel free to contact us to arrange an additional appointment. Alternatively, consider speaking to your family doctor about your situation or seek a second opinion – after all, surgery is a choice and it is important that you feel comfortable in the care of your surgeon and team.
Check that you understand the anticipated costs provided to you, and always check with your private health insurer that your private health cover includes the planned procedures where applicable. We can provide expected item numbers that represent the planned surgery to help.
While this is often obvious, some procedures may be performed under local anaesthetic which allows a quicker recovery. Equally you may be more comfortable being asleep (sedation or general anaesthesia) – please let us know if your preference is different to that initially arranged. This may mean adjusting the procedure time and change in estimated costs.
This may be obvious, for example when having skin cancer surgery under local anaesthetic at our on-site Central Day Surgery. However, when sedation or general anaesthesia is required, there may be other options. Please feel comfortable asking about this if you are uncertain.
Your surgeon will explain to you if any additional rest is required. Listen carefully to this advice, and allow your body the necessary time to recover from surgery. This may mean preparing meals, planning any jobs (such as shopping or cleaning) prior to surgery, or asking for extra help from family and friends.
Finally, let us know if there is anything we can do better – it may be some information that would have made a difference, or an additional bit of care – we love to hear your ideas.
You can use this form to request a call back.
Please be aware that all surgical procedures require a consultation with our plastic surgeons to allow a thorough assessment and discussion of your specific needs.