frequently asked questions
Please browse through our website to get an insight into the procedures we perform at Queensland Plastic Surgery – what to expect in your consultation, how the procedure is performed, and what to expect postoperatively. This website will not be able to answer all of your questions, as your questions are specific to your individual needs, so please ask your surgeon anything that you would like to know in your consultation that is not mentioned on this site.
If you are consulting regarding a cosmetic procedure, you will not need a referral for your appointment.
If you are consulting regarding a medical procedure however, you will need a referral for medicare rebates to be applicable. Medical procedures include skin lesions and skin cancers, vasectomy reversal, gynaecomastia, breast reduction and breast implant removal.
Blephoraplasty, rhinoplasty, labiaplasty, mastopexy, breast implant exchange and body contouring surgeries are conditionally classed as medical and may or may not require you to obtain a referral. If you are unsure if your surgery will be classed as medical, please phone our office.
If you are consulting regarding a lesion or skin cancer you can expect your consultation to last from 15 – 30 minutes.
If you are consulting regarding a cosmetic procedure you can expect your consultation to last from 45minutes to an hour.
For patients who need to travel to see us for treatment of lesions or skin cancers, we sometimes are able to offer the option of scheduling your consultation and procedure to be done on the same day or in the same trip. In order to do this, you will need a valid referral from your GP and we will require photographs to be sent through for the surgeon to assess. Once the photograph and referral have been reviewed by the surgeon and the details of any required surgery have been conﬁrmed, a surgical consultant will be in contact with you to provide quotes and discuss possible appointment dates.
If you are consulting regarding a medical procedure and you have a valid referral from your GP, you will received a medicare rebate of $76.15. This rebate will be processed at the time of your consultation and will be paid into the bank account which you have nominated with Medicare. If you have not nominated a bank account with Medicare, Medicare will issue you with a cheque. You are not able to claim with your private health fund for consultation appointments.
There are no rebates available for cosmetic consultation appointments.
If you are enquiring about cosmetic surgery, we will be able to advise you of estimated surgeon fees prior to your consultation. Your ﬁnal quotes will be given at the time of your consultation.
No we do not.
At your initial consultation you will meet with your prospective surgeon to discuss your surgery options. Your surgeon will determine what procedure is right for you and will go on to then explain what this entails as well as what you can expect postoperatively. You will have the opportunity to browse through our before andafter photo albums and ask any questions. If you are consulting for breast augmentation, you will also have the opportunity to try on different implants to determine shape and sizing. Following your consultation you will then speak with one of our surgical consultants where they will discuss possible procedure dates and the associated fees.
For cosmetic surgeries you can expect to wait between 4-8 weeks for a surgery date following your consultation.
For surgical treatment of lesions and sun cancers you can expect to wait between 1 – 4 weeks for surgery. Cases will be booked according to urgency.
In some cases you can apply for a compassionate release of early superannuation. Certain criteria must be met for this to be approved and this will be discussed at your initial consultation
We do not offer a set payment plan. It is our policy that surgery fees are paid in full 2 weeks prior to surgery, however this does not need to be paid in one lump sum. You can make direct deposit payments in the lead up to surgery in the way of a self managed payment plan. Alternatively you can seek funding through a ﬁnancial institute.
Yes, If you are looking to get your surgery done a bit quicker this might be a good option for you. In most cases you would need to stay in Townsville for 1-3 nights postoperatively and following that you can return home and aftercare can be continued from our Mackay office.