The consultation with the surgeon is crucial, make sure you come prepared to discuss your concerns and any questions you may have about your procedure. Whether you’re planning a cosmetic procedure or addressing a medical concern it is important to have a specialist assessment and elaborate a treatment plan.
Prepare for surgery
Preparing for the surgery can be as important as the operation itself. You need to be both physically and mentally prepared. Adopt a healthy routine, exercise, eat nutritious food, avoid smoking, these will strengthen your body and optimise the healing process post-surgery.
You should take care not to stress yourself out, make it a priority to establish good rapport with your surgeon and try to remain calm on the day of the surgery.
Choosing the right surgeon is vital to the success of your surgery, on the day itself you should be calm and confident with your procedure and recovery plan.
You should be prepared for your hospital stay and have someone to take you home. You may also need to arrange for your friends or family to assist you for the first few days post surgery.
Following the aftercare guidelines laid out by your surgeon will guarantee a successful outcome of the procedure. Always follow through!
Preparing for your first appointent
Meeting Dr Rodrigo Teixeira
Dr Rodrigo Teixeira will be involved in your care from start to finish. He will perform surgery himself and supervise your recovery.
Documentation to bring with you
In some instances further investigation may be required. If you had previous treatment or had investigations done, please remember to bring documentation of those with you.
Write down any questions
If you have any questions before your appointment, you may choose to write it down and bring it with you. There is a lot to discuss during your appointment and it is not uncommon to miss something that you really wanted to know.
If necessary, we will take photos and provide you with additional material to give you more information on your treatment, possible outcomes and associated risks and benefits.
A second appointment may be required before surgery. Dr Rodrigo may request additional investigations or refer you to other specialists before proceeding with treatment. Other times, you may need a period of observation and reassessment.
Take your time
It is ok to take your time before going ahead with your surgery. If you need time to think about your options after your first consultation, we are pleased to organise a second appointment. Our practice staff will be glad to help schedule your next visit.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A consultation is an important aspect of your procedure. It is a medical assessment performed by a specialist surgeon, therefore a professional fee will be incurred. If you are eligible for Medicare, you will receive a partial rebate.
Initial Consultations (30 min): $230.00
(Medicare Rebate: $76.80)
Review Consultations (15 min): $140.00
(Medicare Rebate: $38.60)
Initial Consultations (45 min): $365.00
(Consultations with referral: $330.00)
Review Consultations (15 min): $140.00
Procedures under local anaesthetic can be performed in the rooms. For these procedures a fee of $350.00 applies.
A doctor’s referral is necessary for all medical appointments. A referral is not required for cosmetic surgery that does not have a medical component, or for international patients.
Yes, all surgeries have risks and complications and we take patient safety very seriously. Cosmetic surgery should not be trivialised and should be carefully considered after appropriate medical advice. Dr Teixeira will explain the risks associated with every treatment and provide thorough information about the procedure that you wish to undertake
Dr Teixeira is the main surgeon performing all procedures. He may have surgical assistants in bigger cases. He also oversees the post-operative care until you are fully recovered with the assistance of experienced nurses.
While it is not guaranteed, most patients are afforded a private room
Australia is possibly one of the best countries to have an anaesthetic. Risk of complications from general anesthesia is minimal, and even patients with medical conditions are able to undergo anesthesia safely. All surgery is performed under the supervision of a dedicated specialist anaesthetist who will also provide you with a customised post-operative pain relief medicine regime, to ensure your recovery is comfortable and as pain free as possible. Your wellbeing and comfort are our highest priority.
The type of anaesthetic depends on multiple factors, such as age, general health, type of procedure, etc. The choice of anesthetic will be discussed during the consultation and confirmed by the anaesthetist on the day of surgery. With the exception of local anesthetic only, all other types of anaesthesia are performed and monitored by a dedicated specialist anaesthetist who will also provide you with a customised post-operative pain relief medicine regime, to ensure your recovery is comfortable and as pain free as possible. Your wellbeing and comfort are our highest priority.
It is very common to combine different treatments before and after surgery to maximise results, especially in facial cosmetic surgery. For instance, patients interested in facial rejuvenation, may start treatment with skin preparation before surgery. After surgery, dermal therapies and injectables can be used for further local enhancement or maintenance.
If you are not satisfied with the results or you think that the procedure was not carried out properly, you should first take up the matter with the practitioner. Don’t ignore your feelings. You may only need a little reassurance as the healing process varies between individuals and may take extra time for swelling, bruising or the appearance of scarring to subside. Explain your concerns and ask what options might be available to make the situation better. Try not to become angry as the doctor will want to help you as much as possible. If your concerns persist after you are fully recovered, revision surgery may be an option. There are situations where minor adjustments may be possible to resolve the complaint. However, there will be cases that require major revision. Despite your surgeon’s experience, the medical literature recognises that complications may occur even with the best surgical care.
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We understand that privacy and discretion are important to our patients. Our practice is committed to providing uncompromised care and this extends to the measures we have taken to protect patient privacy. You have the full right to decide how and when your private information is used and stored. We have safeguards in place that prevent misuse of medical data. All photographs, results and other information will not be shared unless you specifically give permission to do so. For further information on privacy please consult our staff and they will be more than happy to provide you with all the answers you need.