• Genital Surgeries

    • Labiaplasty

      How long is recovery? 
      As the labia is a delicate area, you may experience some discomfort and pain as your sutures heal, however this is controlled with painkillers and will usually subside after 1-2 weeks. Patients who work in an office setting may generally be able to return to work after a week of rest, however, more physically demanding occupations may require a longer healing period. It is also recommended that patients refrain from any strenuous physical activity, exercise and sexual intercourse for at least 6 weeks after surgery.
      What are the risks involved?
      As will all surgeries, there are associated risks and complications that can occur, however these are rare. Complications can include asymmetry, infection, changes in sensation, over-correction or under-correction. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss these risks with you in further detail and will go through your medical history.
      Will there be scarring? 
      You will have scars post-surgery, however they will decrease significantly with time. Repairs to scars may take around a year to completely heal, so be patient and let it take its own time.
      Is a labiaplasty right for me? 
      You may be suitable for a labiaplasty if you,
      * Feel self-conscious or embarrassed due to the appearance of your labia
      * Have physical discomfort (either during sexual intercourse or in every day life) caused by your labia
      Will Medicare and/or Private Health Insurance cover the procedure?
      Under some medical conditions, you may able to claim the procedure under Medicare and private health insurance.

    • Hymenoplasty

      What are the potential risks and complications of hymenoplasty surgery? 
      Hymenoplasty is a fairly low-risk procedure with very few side effects, although, complications may arise in rare cases. These can include the risk of prolonged bleeding and infections. It is also common after the anaesthetic has worn off for patients to feel slight pain and/or itchiness around the surgical wound for the first few days post-procedure.
      How long does it take to get back to normal activities? 
      Most women find that they are able to return to work 2-3 days after the surgery, however it is important to take it easy and not return to any strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks. Patients are also advised to take extra care with running, swimming, soaking in a bathtub and heavy lifting in the weeks following surgery. It is recommended that patients wait 8-12 weeks to engage in sexual intercourse post-surgery.
      Will there be any visible scarring?
      Hymenoplasty surgery does not leave any visible scarring, with stitches fading on their own after a couple of weeks.

  • Body Surgeries

    • Tummy Tuck

      What are the potential risks and complications associated with a Tummy Tuck?
      The potential risks that can occur as a result of a tummy tuck surgery include poor healing wounds, scarring, asymmetry, budges at the end of scars (commonly referred to as ‘dog ears’) and numbness.
      How long does it take to get back to normal activities? 
      Patients generally require 2-3 weeks of down time in order to completely heal and recover from a tummy tuck surgery. To reduce swelling, patients are also required to wear a compression garment for the first 3 weeks post-surgery.
      Will it be much scarring? 
      A tummy tuck scar can be long and take anywhere between months and years to fade. However, in most cases the scar will be placed along the covered bikini line so it will be mostly hidden.
      Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck? 
      In short, yes, you are still able to fall pregnant after tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck will not prevent your stomach from further growth, whether it be a result of a pregnancy or excessive weight gain. After your pregnancy you many experience some damage to your stomach, however this varies from individual to individual.

    • Brazilian Butt Lift

      What are the potential risks and complications of BBL surgery? 
      Although extremely rare, the risks and complications involved with undergoing a Brazilian Butt Lift include swelling, bruising, asymmetry, numbness, blood clots and wound infection.
      Who is an ideal candidate? 
      An ideal candidate for BBL surgery is someone who has excess and unwanted fat in other areas of their body. If a patient does not have adequate deposits of fat, they may not be suitable for the surgery.
      How long does it take to get back to normal activities? 
      Although recovery time varies amongst individuals, most patients will require at least 5 days of recovery before returning to work. Within 2-4 weeks, the majority of swelling should have subsided, however, final results will not be visible until 6 months post-surgery. Patients will be required to wear a compression garment in order to relieve excess pressure and swelling. Mild activity and low-intensity weight training may be resumed 3 weeks after surgery.
      Will there be much scarring?
      Brazilian Butt Lift procedures require minimal incisions and therefore tend to produce little to no visible scarring.

    • Thigh Lift

      What are the potential risks and complications of thigh lift surgery? 
      The risks and complications specifically associated with a thigh lift include temporary numbness around incision areas, restricted movement, fluid build-up, hypertrophic and keloids scars, swelling and bruising.
      Greater complications that can occur in any surgical procedure include:
      * Adverse reactions to anesthesia
      * Hematoma or seroma (the build up of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
      * Infections or bleeding
      * Allergic reactions
      * Unsatisfactory results that ultimately may result in the need for further surgeries
      * Asymmetry (unevenness) of the skin
      How long does it take to get back to normal activities? 
      Following your surgery, you will be required to stay overnight in hospital for observation, and may return to normal activities after 2-3 weeks. We recommend that patients take at least 2 weeks leave from work.
      Will there be much scarring? 
      As with any surgery, some scarring will occur. Your surgeon will endeavour to limit scar length and visibility, however it is important for patients to understand that scarring may still be visible and to discuss these outcomes with your surgeon before undergoing a body lift procedure.

    • Body Lift

      What are the potential risks and complications of body lift surgery?
      As with most body surgeries, it is impossible to predict what the exact results will be. Healing and recovery will vary from patient to patient, however, some common risks include hypertrophic scars, collection of fluid, blood clots, numbness in operated areas, asymmetry, swelling and irregularities in shape.
      Greater complications that can occur in any surgical procedure include:
      * Adverse reactions to anesthesia
      * Hematoma or seroma (the build up of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
      * Infections or bleeding
      * Allergic reactions
      * Unsatisfactory results that ultimately may result in further surgeries
      * Asymmetry (unevenness) of the skin
      How long does it take to get back to normal activities?
      Following the surgery, you will be dressed in compression garments and will be required to stay in hospital for up to a couple of days to monitor your healing progress. Following your discharge from hospital, you will be able to return to your normal activities after 3 weeks of rest.
      Will there be scarring?
      As a body lift procedure is a comprehensive surgery, there will be visible scarring on some areas of the body. Your surgeon will endeavour to limit scar length and visibility, however it is important for patients to understand that scarring may still be visible and to discuss these outcomes with your surgeon before undergoing a body lift procedure.

    • Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

      What are the potential risks and complications of arm lift surgery?
      Arm lift surgery is a relatively safe procedure, however, as with all surgery, it does have the potential for risks and complications. These can include bleeding from the incisions, infection, blood clots, bruising, swelling, asymmetry and/or visible scarring.
      Greater complications that can occur in any surgical procedure include:
      * Adverse reactions to anaesthesia
      * Hematoma or seroma (the build up of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
      * Infections and/or bleeding
      * Allergic reactions
      * Unsatisfactory results that may result in further surgeries
      How long does it take to get back to normal activities?
      Following the surgery you will be required to wear a compression garment and bandages on your arms to improve healing and reduce swelling. Normal activities can be resumed after 1-2 weeks, and strenuous activities after 5-6 weeks.
      Will there be much scarring? 
      Brachioplasty procedures cause scarring to occur along the inside of patients’ arms, from the armpit down to the elbow. As each individual’s body is different, your surgeon will not be able to specifically predict how visible your scarring will be, however over time scars will heal and fade to your normal skin colour.

  • Liposculpture, Laser Liposuction & Abdominal Etching

    • Abdominal Etching

      What are the possible complications and risks of Abdominal Etching?
      Whilst abdominal etching procedures are minimally invasive, there are still risks and complications associated, which can include infection, bleeding, swelling, asymmetry and scarring.
      Will there be much scarring? 
      The incision scars from Abdominal Etching surgery are well hidden, therefore noticeable scarring from the procedure is minimal. Typically, the scarring will fade over time and will eventually disappear.
      How long is the recovery time?
      It is common for patients who have undergone abdominal etching to return to non-strenuous work 1-3 days after the procedure, and can generally return to all normal activities 3 weeks after their operation. A post-garment will be provided to patients, which needs to be worn for at least 4 weeks.

    • What are the risks invovled with Liposculpture and Laser Liposuction?

      Fortunately, significant complications from liposculpture and laser liposuction are infrequent. Some potential risks include irregular contours, bruising and swelling, postoperative bleeding and blood clots in the legs. Your surgeon can fully explain the potential complications with you during your consultation.

    • Liposculpture

      Does it hurt?
      Majority of liposuction patients have said it is not painful, as you are given mild sedation which is administered by an Anaesthetist which is like a twilight sleep. You may feel some discomfort for 24 hours, but this can be reduced with generic painkillers like Panadol.
      How long do I wear the support garment?
      After surgery a support garment should be worn night and day for the first two weeks, but can be removed for showers. Tight clothing like jeans or underpant, that are tight around the waist and may irritate the areas should not be worn for one month, as they will leave a demarcation line when the loose skin repairs or heals.
      Do I need time off work?
      This general depends on the patient, as some patients have gone back to work the following day but this depends on the tenderness of the area where the liposuction occurred. We recommend one week of rest before returning to work but it is not compulsory. 

    • Laser Liposuction

      How long do the results last for?
      Although results from Laser Liposuction are permanent, your body will still fluctuate in weight if you fail to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Laser liposuction will not prevent you from any future weight gain.
      What are the potential risks and complications of Laser Liposuction?
      Unlike regular Liposuction, Laser Liposuction carries smaller risks as the incision area is smaller and does not require stitches. However, swelling or bleeding can occur in some cases as a result of fluid build-up.
      How long does it take to get back to normal activities?
      Recovery time will vary from person to person but generally, patients are able to return to work and light activities after two days. You will be required to wear a compression garment or bandage in order to help the skin tighten and contract.
      Will there be much scarring?
      Laser Liposuction leaves minimal scars as it is a minimally invasive procedure. The incisions will also remain well concealed after the surgery. 

  • Breast Surgery

    • What are the potential risks and complications of breast lift and reduction surgeries?

      Although a breast reduction is a fairly low risk procedure, there are potential complications in rare cases. These may include wound infection, loss of sensation in the nipples and areolas, bleeding, chest infection, blood clots, bruising and swelling. Scarring is impossible to avoid, however, it is usually concealed with natural creases in the breasts.

    • Will Medicare and/or Private Health Insurance cover the procedure?

      As a breast reduction is often carried out for health reasons, you may be able to recover some of the fees through Medicare and your private health fund.

    • How long does it take to get back to normal activities?

      Following the surgery, you will require complete rest for at least 48 hours. After this, it may be possible to return to work and other normal, non-strenuous activities. Recovering patients should not smoke for at least two weeks prior and two weeks after surgery as it can impair the healing process. Exercise and other physical activity can usually be resumed after 4-6 weeks.

    • I don’t like the size, shape or position of my breast. What options do I have?

      Whether you are unhappy with the size, shape or position of your breasts, there are many surgical options available to correct the issue. Surgical options include:
      * Breast augmentation: this is a procedure that is used to increase the size, shape or fullness of the breast by placing an implant either in front of or behind the muscles on the breast plate.
      * Mastopexy: Mastopexy, more commonly known as a breast lift, is a procedure designed to lift, rejuvenate and reshape the breasts by removing excess skin, adjusting the nipples and areolas and reshaping a patient’s chest physique. This is an extremely popular procedure due to how common it is for breasts to sag as a result of ageing.
      * Mammoplasty (breast reduction): mammoplasty is a procedure that involves removing excess tissue from the breast for either medical or cosmetic reasons to reduce breast size.
      * Gynaecomastia (male breast reduction): this is a procedure conducted to remove excess skin and tissue in males around the breast area, which can be caused by a build-up of glandular tissue behind the nipple.

  • Face Surgery

    • Otoplasty

      Are there any risks?
      As one of the most commonly performed procedures, Otoplasty surgery generally has little to no complications. The following are possible complications that are rare, but can be caused by an otoplasty procedure:
      * Bleeding: this will generally only occur the day of your surgery and will stop naturally.
      * Infection: as with any surgery the risk of infection is possible, however very rare in Otoplasty procedures. Should an infection occur, antibiotics will be prescribed.
      * Asymmetry: achieving perfect symmetry of the ears is quite difficult, and it is important for patients to keep in mind before undergoing an Otoplasty that slight differences between the two ears may occur.

    • Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

      What are the possible complications and risks of a rhinoplasty?
      All surgical procedures have associated risks and potential complications, however these are very rare. The possible risks associated with rhinoplasty are:
      * Reduced sense of smell
      * Scarring
      * Infection
      * Need for revision rhinoplasty
      * Asymmetry
      * Persistent swelling up to 12 months
      Will there be much scarring?
      All incisions made in a rhinoplasty surgery are internal, so there is no visible scarring to the face.
      How long is the recovery time?
      Following the procedure, patients will have a cast placed on their nose which can be removed after 1-2 weeks. Patients may experience bruising and swelling around the eye and cheek area, which will usually subside after 2 or so weeks. We recommend that patients may return to work 2 weeks post-surgery, however we advise against light physical activities such as walking and cardio until 3 weeks post-op, and for patients to wait 5-6 weeks before engaging in intense physical activity such as weight training and hard cardio.
      Will Medicare and/or Private Health Insurance cover the procedure?
      If your rhinoplasty procedure is for purely cosmetic purposes, there is often no rebate from Medicare. Depending on your level of private health cover, you may however be eligible to claim part of your hospital fees.

    • Face Lift

      What are the possible risks and complications associated with a face lift?
      When undergoing a face lift, patients are at risk of experiencing complications such as infection, hair loss in areas that have scarred, facial asymmetry, skin necrosis and facial nerve damage.
      At what age should I consider a face lift?
      Although there is no certain age requirement for undergoing a facelift, for optimal results, we suggest patients be of at least 30 years of age before undergoing a facelift procedure. This enables us to treat visible signs of ageing, reduced facial volume, wrinkles and loss of collagen production.
      How long does it take to recover from facelift surgery?
      During the recovery period, your face and hairline will be partially covered in surgical dressings. Patients tend to find that they can return to work within 2-4 weeks of their procedures, depending on how rigorous their work may be. If your work does involves minimal strain, you can go back to work after around 3-4 days.
      Will Medicare and/or Private Health Insurance cover the procedure?
      As facelifts are a cosmetic procedure, there is no rebate from Medicare or private health funds – however, you may be eligible to claim your hospital fees depending on your level of cover.
      Will there be much scarring?
      Facelift incision scars are permanent, however they are covered by the hairline and natural contours of the face and ears.

    • Blepharoplasty (Eye-Lid Surgery)

      How long is recovery time?
      There is some downtime required after eyelid surgery, and it is common for patients to experience some bruising and swelling during the first couple of weeks of recovery. It is important to protect the skin around the eyes post-surgery and it is recommended to wear a quality sun cream suitable to sensitive skin & for around the eyes, as this will help to prevent premature damage and maximise results. It is also important to remember that you cannot take any aspirin or anti-flammatory medications post-op.
      When can I go back to work?
      It is very important to avoid straining and lifting heavy items for at least two weeks post-surgery, however you will be able to resume most normal activities after about 10 days. Some patients are able to resume non-strenuous work after a few days, however patients must note that vision may still be slightly blurred, so reading and looking at screens may prove difficult for the first couple of days post-surgery.
      Can I use makeup in the recovery period?
      Yes, you can! Patients are allowed to use makeup during the recovery period, however if you have sutures it is recommended to wait until they have been removed. We also recommend avoiding contact lenses for about a week post-surgery as they can irritate the eyes and cause dryness.
      Are there any complications?
      Like any surgical procedure, there are always potential risks and complications. We recommend that patients quit smoking before surgery, as it will improve overall recovery and results, and subsequently will decrease the risk of complications. Risks that are specific to Blepharoplasty are:
      * Excessive skin removal leading to exposure of the cornea
      * Asymmetry of eyelids
      * Prolonged dryness, itchiness or watering of the eye
      * Temporary or permanent changes in vision, this is the most serious of possible complications
      Other risks can include:
      * Infection
      * Bruising, bleeding, haematoma formation
      * Scarring
      * Anaesthetic problems, including Deep Vein Thrombosis
      * Allergy
      * Pain

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