About Plastic Surgery
Below are some of the most frequently asked General Questions on Plastic Surgery patients have. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
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The popularity of plastic surgery is soaring.
Any doctor can call himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon, so the importance of finding a properly trained and certified specialist surgeon to undertake your treatment cannot be stressed too much.
Choosing a doctor who’s a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the first step. ASPS Member Surgeons are certified by the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and are recognised as specialists by the Australian Medical Council and Medicare Australia.
ASPS Member Surgeons:
- Are certified by The Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
- Have completed specialist surgeon training in plastic surgery. Operate only in accredited medical facilities.
- Adhere to a strict code of ethics.
- Fulfil continuing professional development requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
- Are your partners in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
<p”>A good plastic surgeon should:
- Answer all of your questions thoroughly and clearly.
- Ask about your thoughts to recommended treatment.
- Offer alternatives, where appropriate.
- Welcome questions about your procedure and his or her professional qualifications, experience, costs and payment policies.
- Make clear the risks of surgery and possible outcomes.
- Give you information about the procedure you want.
- Leave the final decision to you.
Although not required, it is preferable to have a referral. Members of ASPS are specialists and will need your medical history. A referral will also be required should there be a Medicare rebate for the cost of your consultation.
Before you have plastic surgery, you meet Dr Goh for a consultation. During the consultation, you will be able to discuss your desired changes, goals, and expectation. Dr Goh may undertake a thorough examination and, if surgery is appropriate, advise the best procedure to achieve your desired results. Your medical history and current health will be reviewed, and an assessment on whether the procedure in question is right for you. This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery. We will discuss the results that can be achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging. When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.
All surgical procedures are accompanied by a certain degree of risk, whether the procedures are for medical or cosmetic reasons. Our expert team is dedicated to making your operation go smoothly. We careful review your medical history and current health condition before deciding if it is safe for you to proceed with surgery. It is important that you fully disclose all pertinent information so that we are able to make an accurate assessment of the risks involved. We will take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications.
There several important factors that come into play when deciding whether plastic surgery is the right option for you. One of the most important factors is your health. Being in good health greatly reduces the risk of complications occurring during surgery and leads to a speedy recovery. Next, you need to ask yourself what your motivations are. People who have plastic surgery generally find that the surgery enhances their overall appearance and self-esteem. Thirdly, you should have realistic expectations. Plastic surgery is both a science and an art, neither of which are perfect. Set reasonable goals as to the result you wish to achieve and be prepared to thoroughly discuss these goals during your initial consultation.
It is a relatively common practice for a plastic surgeon to perform multiple procedures during one operation. This allows the surgeon to better “sculpt” your final appearance. In addition, having several procedures done simultaneously saves you the expense of paying the operating room and anesthesia costs more than once. However, having too much done at one time can lead to complications. The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating time, and your age/health. Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.
Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children! It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process. What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another. We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual. Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks. If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time. Your scars will fade over time but are permanent. We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all. The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look. When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.
Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery but not for cosmetic surgery. For example, insurance providers will often pay for breast implants to reconstruct a breast following mastectomy or to create symmetry in either breast, breast reduction to remedy back pain caused by heavy breasts, eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin that block vision, nose surgery to allow a patient to breathe better, or tummy tucks to remedy the vertical separation of abdomenal muscles known as diastasis. If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required. We will be happy to assist you with the process.
You will be under anesthesia during your operation so there will be no pain during the operation. In the days (or weeks) following the operation, you may experience some discomfort which can be effectively treated with oral medication.
The type of the anesthesia varies with each procedure. For some procedures, only local anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation is needed. This method will allow you to be awake, but insensitive to any pain. In more complex procedures, general anesthesia is needed and you will be asleep during the entire procedure. The anesthesia used in your operation will depend on the type and extent of the procedure(s), your age, and the surgeon’s preference.
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