Why Us: Specialist Plastic Surgery, Recovery and Risks

WHY CHOOSE US? Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons change lives!

Read our top Plastic Surgery blogs for more on healing, surgery planning and minimising surgery risks. Whether or not we wish it were differently, our view of how we feel we look – impacts on our confidence in social situations. There’s no question that feeling we LOOK our best can help us to feel better – and improve our overall confidence levels, as long as we’re emotionally healthy and have realistic expectations about what cosmetic plastic surgery can – and cannot – accomplish in our lives.

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for Breast Surgery, Abdominoplasty, Facelifts, Necklifts, Eyelid Surgery and Body Contouring with Liposuction & Skin Reduction

Changing lives is what inspires our leading Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeons and non-surgical Skin Treatment Teams at Coco Ruby to do what they do to help people find more harmony and satisfaction with their appearances.  They use their surgical expertise to help people transform their appearances and aim for greater balance (improved symmetry), physical comfort, body confidence and – in some cases – freedom from the pains of having an out of balance body, face, nose or breast area (such as reducing heavy, pendulous breast volume during a Reduction Mammoplasty procedure).

Examples of how Cosmetic Plastic Surgery may help men and women include:

  • Providing freedom from the burdens, pains or social challenges of imbalanced features or body parts
    • Example: extremely heavy breasts can be surgically reduced in weight and size
    • this may help reduce shoulder/neck or back pain for patients who’s breast volume and breast weight impacted their posture, straining their necks, backs or shoulders
    • Males who have Gynaecomastia and want male breast reduction to reduce ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’ may also benefit from Male Breast Reduction Surgery
  • Freedom from skin irritations or concerns about excess tummy skin folds (redundant skin) after pregnancy or after significant weight loss by performing a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction (which may also help improve incontinence and reduce back pain).
  • Freedom from unwanted attention focused on a disproportionate, very bumpy, injured crooked nose, a severely recessed chin or a droopy eyelid.

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Plastic Surgery can help change lives.

Surgery has limitations and you must keep your expectations reasonable for a good experience. But it can change lives. IT can reduce self-consciousness about a misshaped nose, very large breasts or an out of balance feature. It can enhance a positive body-image that’s become impacted by post-pregnancy bulges or diastasis recti. 

We work hard to help you understand what surgery can and cannot do, and the surgery risks as well as likely outcomes – reminding you that EVERY patient’s results will vary as well as change with time (that’s the nature of ageing and the human body). 

But for patients who are motivated to have surgery and who follow our advice for pre-operation preparation and post-surgery care, we can often help you reduce some of your concerns about a certain feature or out-of-balance body part, such as a belly bulge after pregnancy when you’re otherwise super-fit (these bulges can relate to diastasis recti or even an umbilical hernia).

We help you make the changes – and discover the new FREEDOMS and CONFIDENCE boosts – in achieving the physical version of yourself that you have always preferred (such as a straighter nose, larger breasts or an uplifted face). We help you discover whether Surgery can help you get the LOOK you really WANT, and if you’re a suitable candidate who has realistic expectations about what surgery can (or cannot) do, then we can help provide quality Plastic Cosmetic Surgery using some of the best-practice methods for pre-op measurements and surgical planning, scar reduction and post-op care/Rapid Recovery approaches.

We customise each surgery to meet the needs of YOU as an individual, and we don’t perform ‘cookie cutter’ operations. Each person’s results will be unique (and results can vary significantly from person to person).


Disclaimer: It’s important to recognise that results can vary from person to person and that surgery is not always the only solution. That noted, some procedures can go a long way in restoring balance and body confidence, as well as to minimise scars or correct facial deformities or severe asymmetry.


Our PURPOSE and Our MISSION  – Changing Confidence, Changing Lives

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Our Surgeons are on a mission to help individuals improve their life by helping them remove obstacles to confidence.

We aim to make a real difference to individuals, communities, society and the medical profession. But we have strong values and professional ethos about what is not to be compromised on when it comes to surgery: meticulously precise planning; the right procedure for the right patient at the right time by the right Surgeon in the right facility, and best practices for Post-Op Patient Care and scar management.

We primarily operate in fully accredited Hospitals in Melbourne, using a highly-experienced Surgery Team including top Anesthetists.

Why us: We’re HIGHLY experienced and have helped thousands of plastic surgery patients have a good experience as they progressed through their cosmetic plastic surgery journey.

Your choice of some of Melbourne’s most experienced Plastic Surgeons, with top Melbourne locations: Hawthorn or Berwick or Williamstown in Australia (Melbourne, Victoria).

The highly respected Plastic Surgeons on our team include:

Dr Craig Rubinstein – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn)
Dr Douglas McManamny – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn)
Dr Rebecca Wyten – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn)
Dr Geoff Barnett – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (Hawthorn)
Dr Richard Maxwell   – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn & Williamstown)
Our Specialist Team of Surgeons – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Frankston & Berwick)

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Dr Benjamin Burt – Oculoplastic Surgeon (Hawthorn & Berwick)

 


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Our Cosmetic Surgery Practice makes a positive difference to people’s lives

  • helping build confidence
  • enhancing self-esteem if this was impacted by bullying about a certain feature
  • reducing pain and discomfort (such as back pain reductions from Abdominoplasty or Breast Reduction)
  • balancing out features
  • correcting asymmetry
  • repairing or correcting deformities from accidents, injury or disease
  • repairing broken noses or repairing a deviated septums
  • improving skin by reducing pigmentation, textural concerns or pigmentation
  • treating scars or ageing skin using the latest non-surgical technologies

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Having greater confidence can help you live a better life – feeling great about yourself and your  appearance may help you get a better partner, career or lifestyle.

We can help Plastic Surgery patients of nearly ANY age (primarily in the age ranges of 18 up to 70+).

We help our patients – both younger and mature patients – with transformative changes or restorative changes that really make a difference to their life.  

Whether that’s an eyelid lift surgery to help a patient see more clearly (where eyelid ptosis is obscuring vision), or a facelift to help a patient feel more socially confident or compete with younger colleagues for top roles or big business contracts, or helping a patient get the breast shape, breast size (or flatter tummy) they always wanted – our Surgeons are experts at customising surgery to get a natural looking, long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing result.

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OUR VALUES: Precision Surgery, Surgical Care Excellence & Patient Dignity and Respect at all stages of the Surgery Journey 

  • We are committed to fostering an atmosphere where patients feel comfortable to ask any questions or express concerns. 
  • We operate on RESPECT and EMPATHY and we prioritise HONESTY.
  • Plus, we pride ourselves on primarily using NO DRAIN procedures when possible (some exceptions apply).
  • We aim for the best scar minimisation strategies for patients where warranted by the procedure.
  • We also include Healite II for many operations to facilitate healing and help minimise your scars.

Each patient is treated with respect, dignity and understanding.

The combination of outstanding patient support, proven & effective surgical techniques and the best medical and safety standards deliver a predictable high quality outcome.

WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO US?

• Being ethical, honest and trustworthy
• Mutual respect and loyalty
• Delivering an outstanding patient experience
• Providing a high quality & holistic patient improvement journey
• Being safe, being compliant and managing risks
• Building and maintaining premier facilities and technologies
• Managing our brand and reputation – online and in our community
• Commitment to continuous improvement and growth
• A focus on learning and professional development
• Best practice marketing and promotional activities
• Creating systems and following processes with attention to detail


OUR PLASTIC SURGERY & SKIN CARE VISION FOR HELPING PATIENTS ATTAIN THEIR DESIRED APPEARANCE MODIFICATIONS

With advanced techniques, expertise and constant patient feedback, we aim to remain at the forefront of surgical rejuvenation and surgical alterations of out-of-balance features or deformities. Whether a cosmetic procedure or a reconstruction or corrective surgery, we aim to deliver outstanding results for all patients who value extensive surgical experience, empathy, respect, and a dedication to quality outcomes.

Come see for yourself what makes Our Surgeons some of the most respected Plastic Surgery Specialists in Australia.

OUR MISSION

To provide exceptional quality of service in plastic and cosmetic surgery, and improve the appearance, well being and self-confidence of patients entrusting us with their care.

Finding a Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne or Sydney (including Mornington, Bayside, Inner Eastern Suburbs and Double Bay or Bondi).


What do you need to consider when choosing a Plastic Surgeon if you want good results?

There are differences in Surgeons, especially in the training and qualifications of individuals who call themselves “cosmetic surgeons” in comparison to Specialist Plastic Surgeons (a protected title which takes at least 12 and usually 14 extra surgical training years to attain).

Each of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are highly experienced and specialise in their preferred areas of surgery. We can recommend which of our surgeons is most suitable for you based on the procedure you’re interested in.

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Some valuable tips to help you find the right plastic surgeon for you

1. Finding the right surgeon

In selecting your surgeon, your first challenge is to develop a list of candidates. Not all medical practitioners performing surgery are plastic surgeons or even practitioners with formal surgery qualifications. So where do you start?

Ask your friends

Many of our patients have been referred to us via ‘word of mouth’ from our satisfied patients. We often see our patients for continuing treatment and further procedures which is a testament to our standards of care and our visible results.

Ask your local GPs or Hospitals

GP’s and Hospitals can refer you to a specialist or certified plastic surgeon for your procedure. We receive hundreds of referrals from GP’s and specialists every year who believe we can provide their patients with an excellent service.

Contact the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

The ASPS can give you advice and provide you with a list of members who are accredited. All ASPS members are fully qualified in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery with a record of accomplishment in this field and a commitment to ethical standards.Our practice is a member of ASPS and receives many referrals each and every year.

Via the Media

Be careful selecting surgeons via the media. Not all surgeons in the media spotlight are true experts. Some just have good PR and publicity agents.
Our plastic surgeons feature regularly in print and broadcast media, an indication of our level of experience and acknowledgement of our expertise. You may have seen our surgeons in the Team Claire, Vogue, 60 Minutes, Body & Soul, and online publications like Mamamia.

Browse our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure

2. Check Their Plastic Surgery Credentials and overall Surgical Experience

Before making any decision, you must check a surgeon’s qualifications, experience and credentials.

Plastic Surgery Credentials can’t guarantee a good Plastic Cosmetic Surgery outcome, but extensive Qualifications and decades of experience might significantly reduce your risks of getting an inappropriate procedure for what you’re wanting to attain through surgery – and may even reduce your complication risks if performed in an accredited hospital using qualified Anaesthetists.

All of our Melbourne and Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeons’ qualifications greatly exceed all national benchmarks for training and expertise and have a commitment to continued education.

You are most likely to be in safe hands when you choose a highly skilled, well respected and established Plastic Surgeon such as our Melbourne or Sydney Surgeons.

 

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3. Arrange an Initial Consultation

In your consultation, you need to be reassured, your questions need to be appropriately answered and your decision should be easily made whether it is to go ahead with the treatment or not. At your consultation you should ask all the questions necessary and your surgeon should answer all the questions you need. Most importantly, your surgeon should not rush you into a decision. We believe information and education are the cornerstone to any decision made about your body.

4. Make An Informed Decision about your Cosmetic Surgery or Plastic Surgery Procedure including Breast Augmentation or Breast Reduction

Now you have much of the information you need you to help you make an informed decision on choosing the right Specialist Plastic Surgeon for you.

For a personal consultation with one of our fully qualified Plastic Surgeons please contact us today on (03) 8849 1444.

At your consultation, we can discuss your exact needs and recommend a plan of action to help you to achieve your goals.

Contact us now, we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Vectra 3D Imaging

  • The Vectra 3D Imaging system from Canfield allows breast surgery patients to see the full range of possible results of their upcoming surgery. It’s like looking into the future.
  • The Vectra simulates an outcome for you based on a real image of your body and reproduces an image of what you would like look with the desired size of implant.
  • Using multiple camera angles and a whole library of different implant shapes and sizes, the Vectra system gives patients a computer-generated vision of what they will look like post-surgery.
  • This also allows the image that the surgeon has in mind to be conveyed to the patient in a visual form. It’s not just a tool to benefit the patients, our surgeons use the Vectra to help plan surgeries too. The Vectra is not always exactly accurate, but it adds predictability to the process and is a better option than silicone sizers or a verbal explanation from your surgeon.

Visit our Breast Augmentation page to try an online demo of the Vectra 3D Imaging system.

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LOOKING AT BEFORE   & AFTER PHOTOS

Images of patient results may help you choose a Surgeon (some are posted online, others are available in our Clinic) – just remember that everyone is unique and results can vary from patient to patient.

Patient results from plastic surgery can best be demonstrated in before and after images (photography). Sadly, some photography isn’t that good.

What to look for in good before and after surgery photographs

1. Many patient photos (shows experience and see different angles)
2. Good lighting and the same lighting (fully lit vs side lit – no contrast shadow),
3. Similar looking photos e.g. same distance (close up vs far away)
4. No salesy tricks – e.g. unsmiling vs smiling, no makeup vs makeup, dark vs light

PLANNING FOR SURGERY

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Quit Smoking

Cutting down in the weeks before surgery does not appear to reduce the risk of wound or lung complications. Your body will only begin to recover from the damage of smoking when you stop completely.

Smoking immediately before and after surgery is well documented to have a negative impact on:

  • Blood Clots – Smoking increases the chance of blood clots forming in unexpected or undesirable ways.
  • Breathing – Smoking makes it harder to breathe during and after surgery (this may seem obvious, but the less efficient breathing of smokers can be a real challenge for Anaesthetists)
  • Infection – Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin. This reduces the availability of immune agents and oxygen to the wound and increases your risk of infection
  • Impairs the healing of skin and wounds – Poor blood flow reduces the flow of your bodies “repair materials” to the surgical site and reduces blood flow.
  • Changes the breakdown of certain drugs in your body

Eat a balanced and healthy diet

Diet will ensure your body is well nourished. Consuming fresh fruit and vegetables and maintaining a balanced diet before and after your surgery ensures your body is receiving the vitamins and nutrients it needs to prepare for surgery and aid recovery.

Almonds, fruit, lean meats, whole grains, yoghurt and seafood are all high in vitamins E, D, C and A, iron, protein, fibre and zinc. Foods containing these nutrients assist in wound healing and forming scar tissue, as well as promoting growth of new blood cells. Immunity, bone healing and repair of soft tissue is also aided by the above vitamins and nutrients.

Fluid Intake

Ensure you drink adequate fluids in the days leading up to your surgery. A good measure of whether you are taking in enough fluid is the colour of your urine. It should be a very pale straw colour. The toilet water should only show a hint of yellow colour. If your urine is a dark yellow, drink more fluid – preferably water. You should be aiming to drink 1.5 litres of water per day.

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Rest and Sleep

Get plenty of rest and sleep. This will hold you in good stead and help to prepare your body for surgery. You may experience some pain or discomfort while you’re recovering and may not be able to sleep in your favourite positions, so make sure you rest up prior to your procedure, as you may not sleep very well in the days following surgery.

Plan your Recovery

Plan your return home carefully. If you care for children, you absolutely must think about what this means for your recovery period. Tasks like food preparation, cleaning, and lifting children may be too difficult when you are first discharged.

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Also allow enough time off work in accordance with the procedure you’re having.

Your surgeon will be able to advise how much time you need to take off for your recovery.

YOUR HOSPITAL

To ensure safety and excellent care from fully qualified staff, all our major procedures are performed at accredited Hospitals in Melbourne.

St. Vincent’s Private Hospital Kew (Dr Rubinstein & Dr McManamny)
Cabrini (Dr Richard Maxwell)
St Johns (Dr Rebecca Wyten)
Epworth Hospital East Melbourne – Cliveden (Dr Rubinstein & Dr Burt)
Epworth Hospital Hawthorn (Dr Barnett)
Masada Private Hospital Caulfield (Dr McManamny)

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All these facilities are fully accredited hospitals and each charges different theatre and overnight fees – so your procedure costs will vary by hospital chosen and length of stay.

Smaller medical procedures like minor surgical revisions, removal of skin cancers or lesions, some minor hand surgery and upper eye Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed under local anaesthesia in our treatment rooms at Berwick and Hawthorn.

YOUR ANAESTHETISTS

Each surgeon has a very small, select group of anaesthetists for their procedures. These anaesthetists have been with our surgeons for up to two decades, making them experts in Plastic Surgery Anaesthesia. This results in a shorter anaesthetic with minimal chance of post-operative complications and better post-operative pain management. Where indicated, our anaesthetists organise for Patient Controlled Analgesia devices to be implemented, for efficient post-operative pain management in the ward.

All Anaesthetists are fully qualified and experienced in working in accredited hospitals.

Some of our Melbourne-based Surgeon’s ongoing Anaesthetic teams may include these well-respected Melbourne professionals:preparing for your surgery procedure - nutrition recommendations

• Dr Andrew Rubinfeld
• Dr Paul Rozental
• Dr Manash Patel
• Dr Maurice Amir
• Dr Allison Lilley
• Dr Alain Aronowicz
• Dr James Mitchell
• Dr Emily Dickson
• Dr Keng Low

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QUALITY SURGERY STANDARDS

All of our surgeons have over a decade of specialist experience. This experience and knowledge translates into their ability to perform highly skilled surgery with outstanding results.

These techniques include:

  • Pre-operative planning by the surgeon immediately prior to surgery, involves measurements, photos and markings. Not only does this ensure precision, but also reduces the amount of time you will be under general anaesthetic.
  • Anaesthetic Blocks – the use of local anaesthetic, not only around the operative site but also in the underlying muscle, leads to a reduction in both muscle spasm and pain.
  • Gentle and careful dissection by the experienced surgeon results in less tissue trauma, less bruising, less pain, less swelling and lowers the risk of wound infection. This is part of the “rapid recovery technique”. Patients of better surgeons recover faster.
  • Some surgeons use a specialised, lubricated introducer (the Keller funnel) to insert breast implants during a Breast Augmentation procedure this places less stress on the implant and less likelihood contamination which is known to contribute to a longer life for the implant.
  • Some surgeons use the very efficient V-Locâ„¢ wound closure device. It is a revolutionary technology that eliminates the need to tie knots, as seen in more traditional suturing techniques. The V-Locâ„¢ device offers secure, fast, and effective incision closure, resulting in less time for you on the operating table and a better scar result.

SPEEDY RECOVERY TIPS

Recovery is one of the main concerns when considering a surgical procedure. We want to ensure you to make a speedy recovery and also achieve the best possible results from your procedure. We go the extra mile to ensure you are not only prepared for your surgery, but you’re prepared for your recovery period as well.

Recovery time for patients varies greatly depending on the individual and the procedure, but there a several things patients can do before and after surgery to move along their recovery and scar healing.

This is where you can really help facilitate your own recovery.

Following these simple suggestions will move you through the recovery stage quicker and easier.

  • For Breast surgery patients, where applicable, wear the post-surgery Bra or garment that has been provided for you day and night.
  • Good nutrition is crucial to your wound healing and recovery.
  • It is not appropriate for people with wounds to follow diets that limit intake, such as diets to reduce cholesterol or weight and diets that avoid entire food groups such as carbohydrates.

Adjust your diet for nutritional healing

Consuming fresh fruit and vegetables and maintaining a balanced diet before and after your surgery ensures your body is receiving the vitamins and nutrients it needs to aid recovery.

Almonds, fruit, lean meats, whole grains, yogurt and seafood are all high in vitamins E, D, C and A, iron, protein, fibre and zinc. Foods containing these nutrients assist in wound healing and forming scar tissue, as well as promoting growth of new blood cells. Immunity, bone healing and repair of soft tissue is also aided by the above vitamins and nutrients. Also make sure you’re drinking lots of water to keep your fluids up, aim for at least 1.5 litres per day.

Protein
Protein is essential for the maintenance and repair of body tissue. Depleted protein levels will cause a decrease in collagen development, slowing the wound healing process. Adequate protein levels will help achieve optimal wound healing rates. Sources of protein include red and white meats, fish, eggs, liver, dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt), soy beans, legumes, seeds, nuts and grains.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen synthesis as well as the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis).

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Adequate Vitamin C levels help strengthen the healing wound. Vitamin C also has important antioxidant properties that help the immune system and it increases the absorption of iron. Vitamin C is found mostly in fruit and vegetables, especially, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, and leafy vegetables.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A increases the inflammatory response in wounds, stimulating collagen synthesis. Low Vitamin A levels can result in delayed wound healing and susceptibility to infection. Vitamin A is found in milk, cheese, eggs, fish and dark green vegetables.

Iron
Iron is part of the system that provides oxygen to the site of the wound, therefore iron (haemoglobin) deficiency can impair healing. Iron deficiency can also result in impaired collagen production and strength of the wound. The best sources of iron in the diet are red meat, offal, fish, eggs, wholemeal bread, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, nuts and yeast extracts.

Your Rapid Recovery Pack

In order to aid your rapid recovery – we provide patients with a rapid recovery pack – a mixture of “science and love” products and information to help you heal faster.
Supplementation of essential nutrients is often necessary when a normal diet is lacking. While we strongly encourage a diet that provides you with all the ingredients you need for healing, we have provided you with a range of supplements that can help provide you with nutrients that you may require more of during recovery.

Your Rapid Recovery Pack contains the following:

Arginaid Powder Drink
Arginine is concentrated in the skin and connective tissue and increases collagen deposition. It works at a cellular level to assist healing and stimulate the immune response. While it is found in foods such as eggs, nuts and wholegrains, we have provided you with a box of Arginaid Powder Drink to give you the additional support your body will need at this time. Dissolve one packet in a glass of water twice a day, until all used.

Arnica Tablets
Derived from the European plant Arnica Montana, Arnica is traditionally used in homeopathic medicine to help relieve strains, sprains, bruising and sore, aching muscles. It may therefore help to relieve muscular pain, swelling and bruising after your surgery. Follow the dosage guidelines on the box. The small tablets dissolve quickly under your tongue.

Vitamin Tablets
Swisse Hair Skin Nails is a combination of vitamins and minerals shown to support hair, skin and nail health. It contains ingredients essential for the formation of collagen and the maintenance of healthy skin. It may be of assistance with speeding up wound healing and improving scar results. It is recommended you take one tablet per day with food.

Ginger and Peppermint Tea
After surgery some people report that they have an “unsettled” stomach, or are feeling a little “off colour”. This can be usually be attributed to the general anaesthetic. Peppermint and Ginger have a long tradition of medicinal use in relieving nausea.

Natio Skincare Pack
As a patient of our surgeons, you will receive a complimentary Natio Skincare pack which contains a variety of beautiful skincare products for you to enjoy. One of our nurses will usually bring this to you when she visits you in hospital for your post-operative check.

DOT Therapy, MicroNeedling, Fraxel or II Post-Op Scar Treatment Options

Our plastic surgeons use the latest and most advanced surgical techniques and technologies to reduce the extent of scarring during surgery and post-operatively.

After your wound has closed and healed, it can take over 12 months for the scar to completely settle.

Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury/surgery. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Thus, scarring is a natural part of the healing process. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound (e.g., after accident, disease, or surgery) results in some degree of scarring.

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We offer patients “gold standard” scar minimization treatments during the scar healing period – often included in your procedure. Ask a Patient Care Coordinator which patients and which procedures usually benefit from scar treatments and what your options are for post-op scar minimisation.

Healite II (Award Winning Technology)

You’ll also have sessions with the Lutronics Healite II LED device to assist wound healing and minimize scarring.

 

 

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Surgery Recovery: Be sure to Take it easy

We recommend that our patients are taking it easy while they recover from surgery, but it’s not always easy with work commitments, young kids and a busy lifestyle.

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Wound healing can easily be set back by a bump or wrong move while lifting the kids or reaching for the stationary cupboard. Being mindful of your wounds while you recover is important.

Explain to your children to be gentle, and don’t exert yourself lifting, reaching or exercising strenuously for around a week after surgery, depending on the procedure. And make sure you get your beauty sleep! Rest is very important for your recovery. There are a number of commercial services that provide home help and home recovery support for patients – please ask.

Exercise after Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery: When is it safe to resume your gym or exercise routine?

Exercise after surgery is essential to your speedy recovery. You need to get moving as soon as you can, but make sure you slowly ease yourself back into it.

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Depending on your level of fitness and activity before surgery, you may find moving around is difficult at first.

Follow the instructions you have been given that are specific to the surgical procedure you have undergone.

If something feels too heavy or painful then listen to your body and take the hint!

SheScience Specialist Bra Fitting for Sports Bras after Breast Surgery

As your breast tissue and overlying skin repairs post-surgery, Sports Bras are recommended as an everyday wear option, as well as when you return to activity. Their range includes lower impact Sports Bras which may be more appropriate for everyday use, and high impact Sports Bras which will be more suitable for when you return to exercise.

As our breast surgery patient, you’ll be encouraged to visit SheScience in Kew or read about the best bra shopping places in Melbourne.

 

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She Science work with 9 industry leading brands to offer over 30 technical Sports Bra options. Catering for sizes A- J cup and 6-22 band size, SheScience provide some of the best sports bra products available, as well as a comprehensive fitting service and in depth education during your time in store.

Managing Your Surgery Risks

Surgery is serious. Choosing whether or not surgery is right for you is a very personal decision. All surgery carries certain risks and complications.

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Your surgeon and nurse coordinator MUST take you through the risks and complications associated with your surgery to ensure you understand and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

After this you’ll be asked to sign a consent form indicating you fully understand the procedure, the associated risks, and potential complications issues.

Find out about SURGERY RISKS (these are also covered in your consultation and/or paperwork and learning materials).

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Reaction to General Anaesthesia – Prior to surgery you will be provided with the details of your anaesthetist in order to discuss any specific concerns you may have. Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia.

Internal Bleeding (Haematoma) – Sometimes following surgery, a collection of blood may pool at the surgical site. If this occurs, a visit to the operating theatre may be required to remove the haematoma.

Internal Fluid build up (Seroma) -– Occasionally following surgery, a collection of fluid may pool near the surgical site. If this occurs, the seroma will need to be drained.

Infection – If an infection develops following surgery, your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics and monitor your progress closely.

Scarring – Scars are inevitable with surgery. In order to minimise scarring, we can use special surgical dressings, Fraxel Laser treatments and Healite II following surgery with our Coco Ruby Skin and Anti-Ageing Dermal Clinicians.

Delayed Wound Healing – Delayed wound healing will sometimes be seen in patients who are overweight or smokers, or where an infection develops. Your surgeon and nurse coordinator will manage the healing process and take necessary steps if delayed wound healing occurs.

Nipple or Nerve Sensitivity – Very rarely, permanent loss of sensation can occur. Most patients find they lose sensation temporarily after surgery. However, this generally returns to normal after about six months.

Nipple Loss/Tissue Necrosis – A very rare complication that can affect all or part of the nipple, necrosis has been found to occur often in smokers.

Breast Asymmetry – (For breast surgery patients). Most women will naturally have some degree of unevenness to their breasts. This will be taken into account prior to the surgery, but it should be noted that asymmetry may be visible after surgery as well.

Breastfeeding – As with any breast surgery, ability to breastfeed may be affected after a breast reduction surgery.

Allergies – Please let your surgeon and nurse coordinator know if you have any allergies to the following; surgical tape, suture materials, glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents.

Downtime – please don’t drive or operate heavy machinery for one week after general anaesthetic. Also check with your coordinator about the effect of your post-op recovery drugs on your lifestyle.

Successful surgical outcomes are the result of a number of considerations: realistic surgical goals, realistic patient expectations, and a knowledge and understanding of possible risks and complications.

Careful patient screening and planning, highly skilled surgeons with meticulous surgical technique, and attentive post-operative care are just some of the ways we are able to minimise any potential risks or complications. Although small, less serious issues may occur – these are common and will rarely have any long term effect. Every effort is made to resolve these issues quickly to ensure an excellent final result.

If in doubt about ANY risks and complications – please ask your Surgeon, Nurse Coordinator or call the Clinic after hours support line.

NEXT STEPS on your Surgical Journey

Visit our FAQs pages, learn more about your procedure, have a look at our photo galleries and patient reviews.

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes

Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?

  • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
  • Book a Complimentary Nurse Consultation (FREE)
  • Organise a phone call with Patient Coordinator (FREE)
  • Attend our Regular Practice Events and hear from our Surgeons and their top support team (FREE)
  • Ask about the potential for a Skype call consultation with a Plastic Surgeon (if you are living remotely from Melbourne or Sydney)
  • Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us
  • Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including how to choose a Plastic Surgeon for your procedure

Please contact us using this form to arrange to book a consultation with one of our expert Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Coordinator.

Send an enquiry form today or phone (03) 8849 1444 and ask for a Patient Care Coordinator.

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