Support for Interstate & International Surgery Patients
Breast Surgery and Face or Body Surgery
We get many requests from Interstate and Overseas patients about having their Plastic Surgery performed by our leading Melbourne Plastic Surgeons.
Our Surgeons for face, breast and body procedures have had many patients fly in from Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs, Hobart, Launceston, Adelaide, Brisbane, North Queensland, Sydney and even New Zealand, Asia and USA – particularly patients who have local support of family and friends at home in Melbourne.
The role of your designated Personal Support Team after your Surgery
Having help from a family member or other friend or loved one (or even a hired assistant) can help you manage your recovery after your surgery. Do you have a partner, friend, cousin or other family member that will assist you in Melbourne and someone who can also assist you when you’re back at home?
Arranging a Consultation
Your full initial consultation and physical examination will need to take place in Melbourne before booking the Surgery.
When organising your surgery from Interstate, it is particularly important to get your Surgery funding organised early. The same is true for obtaining any advice & permissions needed from your Health Insurance Fund or Medicare (if these are required for your procedure).
Visit our payment and finance pages to learn more about your Surgery Funding Options.
How are you planning your post-op follow ups?
When considering flying into Melbourne for your plastic surgery, it’s ALL about allowing enough time for adequate post-operative care and recovery. This means staying in Melbourne after your surgery for at least a week or two weeks, and then visiting on a regular basis for follow up consultations with your Specialist Surgeon.
The speed of your recovery and your eventual result will be determined by your age and physical health, your support team and whether you follow the “rapid recovery instructions”.
There may be an option to use online communication tools (like Video Skype, Facebook Messenger etc) to assist you with extra pre-consultations and post-op support calls to monitor your recovery. This will be determined on an individual basis. Please read our FAQ pages and submit an Enquiry form for further information.
It is absolutely critical to ensure that you are available to return for your post-operative appointments in Melbourne and be available to stay around AFTER your surgery, particularly in the event of any adverse situation or complication that means we need to see you more often.
Follow-Up Care and Post-op Reviews in Melbourne
Our normal plan for your post-operative recovery is:
- A comfortable and relaxing stay in a quality Hospital to recuperate
- Discharge to a supporter’s home in Melbourne or a Medi-Hotel with Nurse support
- Your post-op visit to the practice about 1 week after Surgery where we check the surgical results, change the dressings and give you After-Care instructions
- Your 8 Week Review in Melbourne at the practice
- Your 6 Month Review and your 12 month review (May be able to be arranged to be done by Skype depending on your Surgery and at-home After Care)
- Annual Reviews (as required)
COSTS & PRICING
Many advertisers who promote cheap cosmetic surgery do not include all aspects of your procedure preparation, Surgery fees, After-Care Garments and healing or scar minimisation treatments, or follow up visits.
We are a bit different in that way. We don’t want you to have unpleasant financial surprises, so the cost of your post-op, Rapid Recovery Kit and your Review visits are all included in your Surgical Fee.
It is important to be well supported and follow the Surgical Recovery Guidelines in order to speed your recovery and get the best possible outcome.
NOTE: Driving a car and flying on a plane should not be done until at least a week after your breast surgery, and sometimes longer for some procedures or combined surgeries. Your Surgeon can give you individually tailored post-op instructions. It is important that you follow your Surgeon’s post-operative instructions so that you have an optimal healing and recovery.
LOCATION & LOGISTICS
Our main clinic is located in Hawthorn, Victoria. which is an inner suburb of Melbourne CBD. Our boutique style office is located about 30 minutes drive-time from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport (but allow up to 60 minutes in peak hour traffic).
You could fly in and out of Melbourne in a single day for post-op appointments if you wish; just be sure to let your Patient Care Advisor know this on the day you book your appointments for Follow Up care.
We are delighted to suggest nearby hotels for you, your partner or supporting friend to stay during recovery. We can also arrange for our nurse to visit you in your hotel to check on your recovery after leaving hospital.
- For patients at Masada Hospital, Balaclava – we recommend Quest Balaclava. 441 Inkerman St, St Kilda East – Phone (03) 9526 3888
- For patients at our Kew and Hawthorn Hospitals – we recommend Best Western Premier Hotel 115 Kew. 115 Cotham Rd, Kew – Phone (03) 8862 0200
Staying with your Melbourne-based family, friends or colleagues might also be an option for you. This can be quite helpful if you have excellent initial Surgery recovery support help and if you already tend to visit Melbourne frequently throughout a year (e.g. you can combine your follow-up appointments with your social visits to family and friends, or attend a special Melbourne based event or Show).
For more information about organizing your Interstate or Overseas Breast surgery – please contact us by sending us an Enquiry Form or by calling a Patient Care Advisor on (03) 8849 1400.
We look forward to you meeting our Team, and you are also welcome to book in to attend one of our FREE Practice Events if convenient for you.