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Cosmetic Surgery Questions
Research is important
Update of AHPRA regulations
From July 1, 2023 regulations are being updated. The most important for you initially is you will be required to obtain a GP referral for your cosmetic surgery consultation.
For more detailed information, please visit our page on cosmetic surgery research and the Medical Board website.
Make a list of Cosmetic Surgery questions.
It’s important to do your research and understand as much as you can about:
- your surgery
- your medical practitioner
- the facility or clinic where your surgery will take place
- your recovery and aftercare
- who to call if you have concerns with your procedure
If you feel uncomfortable or not confident to ask these questions at your consultation with the Doctor, then the friendly staff should be able o assist.
Questions about your practitioner
- What are your qualifications and certifications?
- Are you a Fellow of the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery Medicine (ACCSM), specifically certified in the procedure I’m considering?
- If you are a plastic surgeon, have you undergone additional training in this specific procedure?
- How many times have you performed this procedure, and how frequently do you perform it?
- Can I see before and after photos of patients who have undergone the same procedure?
- Will there be any assisting practitioners involved, and what are their qualifications?
- Who will administer my anesthesia, and what qualifications do they have? What type of anesthesia will be used?
Questions about your surgery
- Where will the procedure be performed? Is the facility licensed for this particular procedure?
- What are the risks associated with this procedure, including any risks specific to my health history?
- What are the potential side effects?
- Can you provide information about any complications experienced by patients who have undergone this procedure under your care?
- Are there any alternative options to this procedure?
- What are the total costs involved, and what does the cost cover? Will additional fees apply for further treatments or revisions?
- How long can I expect the results to last, and will additional procedures be necessary?
- What can I expect in terms of scarring?
- What recourse do I have if I’m not satisfied with the results?
Questions about your recovery and aftercare
- What type of care will I require post-surgery, and who will provide it?
- What level of discomfort or pain should I anticipate, and how will it be managed?
- How long will the recovery period be? When can I expect to resume normal activities, such as showering, exercising, driving, and shopping?
- What should I do if any issues or complications arise? Who should I contact?
Remember, if you feel uneasy or lack confidence in asking these questions during your consultation with the doctor, the friendly staff should be able to assist you.
Additionally, if any concerns are not being addressed effectively, you can speak to ahpra.gov.au or call 1300 361 041.
For further information on preparing for cosmetic surgery, you can also visit health.gov.au/cosmeticsurgery.
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It is important to understand that any surgical, medical procedure or proven non-surgical treatment carries risks.
Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.