I'm interested in a procedure; how do I know if it is right for me?
Often patients come to us after a long period of thinking about, or researching, a procedure. They’ll have a particular procedure in mind, after seeing a family member or friend have the procedure - or seeing others’ results online or on web forums. Our approach is to treat each patient and their desired surgical outcome or results uniquely, creating a treatment or surgical plan specifically designed for them. In order to obtain an accurate opinion from a surgeon, you will need to organise a consultation with them.
How much will a consultation and surgery cost?
How many consultations will I need to have?
Will I need to be examined during my initial consultation?
Dr Sharp offers all patients the option of bringing a support person into the consult room to be present during any examinations, and in the case where this is not possible and the patient wishes to have a female chaperone for comfort or cultural reasons, our experienced staff are more than happy to assist.
Dr Sharp and his team appreciate that some patients experience trepidation and embarrassment, particularly in anticipation of having their body examined, and we do our absolute best to ensure that the process is treated with the upmost respect and care. Anecdotally, we often receive feedback from patients after their consult, indicating Dr Sharp’s warm and down to earth manner has made this aspect of their consultation process much more comfortable and easy than they expected!
Does Dr Sharp offer Skype consultations?
Where will I have my surgery?
Will I have my procedure as a day case or with a stay in hospital?
Most reconstructive procedures - or some skin lesion operations that require grafts or flaps that must observe a period of restricted movement - are performed as inpatient procedures with one or more nights’ stay in hospital.
For most cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr Sharp offers his patients the option of having the procedure as day surgery in hospital – or as an inpatient with a stay in hospital. Procedures such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and facelift surgery were once accompanied by a mandatory stays in hospital, but this is no longer the case and many patients prefer the reduced cost of day surgery, and convenience of returning to the familiar environment at home.
How do I get ready for surgery?
- why you are having the procedure; the factors that have lead you to consider surgery
- the possibility of risks and possible complications; and how you would fund any revisional surgery required in the future
- time off family duties or away from work post operatively
- any at-home support required during the early post operative period
- what you expect your outcome to look like both immediately, and into the future
- how you expect to feel about your results, and your appearance after surgery
These are all things that Dr Sharp will discuss with you during your consultation process. Once you decide to proceed with surgery with Dr Sharp, we will guide you through the process of preparing for your hospital admission, liaising with your health fund or Medicare and will pre-plan your post operative care.
What happens after my surgery?
Understanding the recovery process and your role in healing healing will reduce the risk of complications and further surgery costs.
What is the difference between a 'plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic/aesthetic surgeon' and 'cosmetic surgeon'?
In Australia, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s fellowship programs are the only surgical training programs recognised by the Medical Board, however there is no legal requirement for doctors to undergo this training in order to call themselves a ‘surgeon’. It is important to understand that if your doctor is not a registered member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, they have not undergone the rigorous selection process, advanced surgical training and passed the clinical and theoretical examinations required to become a qualified plastic surgeon. You can check the RACS register of surgeons here.