Mandatory Waiting Periods for Cosmetic Surgery or Plastic Surgery
How long do I need to wait between my consultation and plastic surgery theatre date?
- Elective surgery for adults requires a mandatory waiting period (7 day cooling off period) before surgery can be performed.
- The current MANDATORY WAITING PERIOD before having cosmetic surgery is 7 days from your first consultation/surgery consent to actually HAVING surgery.
Can I book surgery after a consultation?
- You can make a full payment or a partial payment (deposit) to RESERVE/BOOK your preferred surgery date
- if you have a certain date in mind and/or
- are planning your surgery date and recovery time around your work, holidays/leave, childcare, studies or other commitments
- the date is at least 7 days after your first consultation/consent
- Read more on accepted payment methods here.
- Read more on elective surgery waiting times in Australia.
Why are mandatory waiting periods before surgery good for patients?
- Gives you time to PLAN your surgery recovery period including
- pet care
- time off work
- your at-home recovery environment (comfortable clothing, bedding, pillows, food stores and more)
- Gives you adequate TIME to REVIEW all MATERIALS and CONSENTS you’ve been given, including healing times, surgery scars, recovery and risks.
- Provides time to get a second opinion by a Plastic Surgeons where recommended.
- Let’s you STOP TAKING certain SUPPLEMENTS or medications that might increase your surgery RISKS
- ask your Plastic Surgeon for a list of products or medications you need to stop using just before your surgery
- be honest with your Surgeon about substance use or prior surgery experiences
- remember, SMOKING is a NO NO – if you smoke, you could incur serious problems during your surgery and recovery period
- Allows you time to UNDERSTAND key differences between a cosmetic doctor (non-specialist) and a bonafide FRACS (Plas) Specialist Plastic Surgeon – remember, choose your Surgeon wisely.
- Gives you time to organise pre-surgery imaging or tests and photographs required by your Surgeon and/or by Medicare (if a medically-indicated procedure with an MBS item number vs a cosmetic procedure) OR gives you time to apply for early release of Super if required.
- Allows you to prepare emotionally for undertaking a surgery procedure and recovery times, which can be emotional.
- They key to choosing between a recommended Surgeon is to DO adequate homework and research.
- Look at BEFORE and AFTER cosmetic surgery photos, read the blogs and articles, and watch Plastic Surgery videos.
- Don’t just rely on online reviews or health information online or on television – know the difference between a GP or skin doctor and a genuine FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon (Specialist) so that you can have trust in your choice of Surgeon.
- 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.
- Be sure you understand results can vary from patient to patient and that other factors may influence your results, such as weight changes, substance use, skin ageing, pregnancy and other lifestyle factors and events.
Dr Craig Rubinstein FRAC (Plas) – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn)
Dr Rebecca Wyten FRACS (Plas) – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn & Berwick)
Dr Richard Sackelariou FRACS (Plas) – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (Hawthorn & Double Bay/Sydney)
Dr Geoff Barnett FRACS (Plas) – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (Hawthorn)
Dr Richard Maxwell FRACS (Plas) – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon (Hawthorn & Williamstown)
Plus: Oculoplastic Surgeon for eyelid rejuvenation
Dr Benjamin Burt – Oculoplastic Surgeon (Hawthorn)
You can meet some of our Surgeons at our MONTHLY EVENTS in Melbourne – Patient Information nights – or simply phone 0388491444 to arrange a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon or Blepharoplasty surgery expert.
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Use the form below to arrange a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Team on (03) 8849 1444
Australia Medical Board 2016 media statement – mandatory waiting times for surgery Medical Board Codes and Guidelines including Waiting Periods for Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery