Plastic surgery frequently asked questions
Plastic Surgery FAQs
Do I Need To Be Referred By My General Practitioner (GP)?
All patients should be referred by their GP or another consultant to ensure that they are involved in all aspects of your care. You should therefore approach your GP for a referral letter before making an appointment with Mr Hanikeri.
In addition, your GP will be able to inform Mr Hanikeri of your past medical history so that this information can be taken into account when considering your procedure. Sometimes patients do not realize that a particular medical problem, which they might have suffered from in the past, could increase the risks involved in an operation.
How much do consultations cost?
As with all ASPS surgeons, Mr Hanikeri will charge a consultation fee, just like any other specialist. You will be asking him for a professional opinion about your condition and after consideration he will discuss the range of options available to you.
One option may well be that surgery is inappropriate. In some cases, Medicare rebates will apply to your consultation fee.
How many nights should I spend in hospital?
Your stay in hospital depends on how quickly you can recover which varies from patient to patient.
- For breast augmentation patients, we may recommend an overnight stay in hospital if the implants are placed under the muscle
- For breast reduction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) patients we advise a 1-2 nights
At the time of your consultation Mr Hanikeri will discuss the length of your hospital stay and explain why a longer stay may be required for certain procedures or patients.
Will my breast surgery affect breastfeeding later in life?
The answer depends on exactly what type of breast surgery you are contemplating. As a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with 18 years’ experience in Surgery, Mr Hanikeri will take whatever measures are available to maximise your chances of maintaining normal breast function and nipple sensation – Unlike an underqualified ‘cosmetic surgeon’ or physician might do.
For breast augmentation surgery, we generally recommend “below the muscle” implants and making incisions under the breast for best results if you are going to breastfeed children later in life or want the lowest chance of loss of nipple sensation.
What do I do if my GP is not interested in cosmetic surgery?
There are sometimes difficult situations like this, and one can understand the GP who is busy looking after ill patients who feel that the healthy asking for enhancement are not part of his/her practice.
In these circumstances, it is still possible for you to be seen by Dr Hanikeri since he is allowed to operate without a GP referral, however, no Medicare or Health Fund rebates will apply.
Will I meet Dr Hanikeri at my consultation?
Yes. Dr Hanikeri can give you an opinion about the suitability of an operation. You may also meet his nurse and administrative staff members who can assist you with health fund information and hospital bookings.
How much do operations cost?
The operation cost will be made up of Mr Hanikeri’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and hospital costs which will include the bed in the hospital, the facilities of the operating theatre and any other tests, which may be required.
When can I start exercising after my procedure?
We encourage leisurely walking and light duties following your procedure. At the time of your consultation, Mr Hanikeri will discuss the type of exercise that you would like to do and how soon you can return to the activity. For fitness enthusiasts, this may mean 10-12 weeks before heavy gym exercise like weights, bouncing or running.
How long should I wait after finishing breastfeeding before having breast surgery?
Dr Hanikeri recommends waiting several months after you’ve finished breastfeeding your last child before having breast surgery – typically a minimum of three months after breastfeeding finishes.
I hear the same procedure is cheaper overseas, isn’t that a good way to save money?
Patients often say that cost is the main reason for choosing to travel overseas for cosmetic surgery. However, if there are complications with your surgery and revisions are needed, that initial cost can increase significantly. It is therefore important to assess all the risks involved before making an informed decision.
Do your homework and make sure the person performing the procedure is properly qualified and accredited. It is also important to make sure that the surgery will take place in an accredited facility that is to the standards set by the Australian Day Surgery Council.
Some of the questions you should ask before making a decision are:
- Is my surgeon a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)? This means they have some form of internationally recognised qualification
- Have I got the right information and had enough time to give informed consent?
- Has there been at least a week between appointments so that I have had adequate time to consider surgery and make an informed decision?
- Are the medical standards of care and quality control requirements at least as good as those in Australia and New Zealand?
- Have I been assured that the devices and products used in overseas hospitals meet Australian and New Zealand standards? For example, breast implants used in Australia must meet strict standards of safety and effectiveness, a process regulated by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Medsafe (New Zealand). Other countries may not have similar regulations
- Have I got a plan for what I will do in the case of post-operative problems?
- Did I actually see the surgeon, or was the initial ‘free’ visit with a nurse or administration person?
- Did I get full, written financial details, including all out of pocket expenses for not only the surgeon, but also the anaesthetist, assistant and hospital theatre or facility costs?
- Were the risks and complications explained to me?
- What will happen if things go wrong? Will by surgeon accept liability?
- Where will I be financially if things go wrong, what other costs do I need to consider?
- Have I been told about post-operative care and what to do if complications arise after the surgery?
Post-operative care is vital to your recovery from surgery and should not be combined with a holiday. Sitting by the pool, drinking cocktails and snorkelling does not qualify as post-operative care. A qualified and accredited surgeon should offer you a high level of post-operative care.