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Plastic Surgery after Covid-19

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Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is excited to advise that the outstanding response to coronavirus means that NSW Health has set an elective surgery target of 75% of normal by June 30. This means that patients whose surgery was postponed from April and May can now likely proceed with their operations. Patients who are currently booked in for surgery will be contacted shortly to advise if their date is confirmed. There are still restrictions on the number of procedures we can do per theatre list.

Fortunately, our rooms are now fully operational for face to face, virtual and non-surgical (skin care, injectables) consultations. We strongly advise contacting the rooms as soon as possible if you are thinking about surgery before August, as our theatre lists are close to full capacity to meet the backlog.

There are restrictions in the number of operations that can be performed in Sydney’s south for two reasons. NSW Health would like a buffer in case a second wave of the pandemic occurs. In addition, private hospitals have an agreement with NSW Health to help clear the backlog in the public hospital system.

While all categories of plastic surgery (item numbered and cosmetic) are now permissible, our hospitals will have final say about how they will regulate their capacity. Dr Sanki and Dr Kotronakis have had firm discussions with all our hospitals to put forward the points that

  1. No elective plastic surgery has been performed for 2 months
  2. Plastic surgery patients are healthy & low risk
  3. Plastic surgery patients do not require ICU
  4. Plastic surgery patients use little PPE/consumables
  5. Plastic surgery patients are often day stay or short stay

We are just as keen as our postponed patients to get the show on the road. We will stay in touch with our existing patient through regular emails, so please check your inbox!

Your safety is paramount. Our hospitals have been busily preparing increased hygiene and personal protective equipment measures to enhance your safety. It is important for you to maintain social distancing and isolation before and after your surgery. Surgery induces mild immunosuppression and you will be more susceptible to coronavirus in the perioperative period. We will continue to practise meticulous social distancing, viral cleaning between patients and increased spacing of appointments to protect our patients in the consultations in our rooms.

We are extremely proud of Australia’s magnificent response to COVID, and very grateful for the patience and understanding of our patients during this time. We look forward to returning to normal practice and view the easing of surgical restrictions as a wonderful first step.

Do I need body contouring? Three great reasons to consider it

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Do I need body contouring? Three great reasons to consider it

As with many cosmetic surgery options, one of the main questions that you’ll have right from the start is “do I need body contouring?” Is it the right option for what you want to achieve with your figure and health?

There are a few reasons that people opt for a body contouring procedure, and it’s important to realise that there are no “right” and “wrongs” here – the decision comes purely down to your own goals, and you can discuss those with your surgeon in advance to determine whether it’s the solution for you.

So, do I need body contouring?

Some of the main reasons that people turn to body contouring include:

1) Improving your sense of confidence

Many people feel self-conscious about their bodies, and body contouring is a low risk solution for those parts of the body that you’re most self-conscious about. Body contouring processes can be applied to just about every part of the body but it’s also possible to be specific about the area being treated. Body contouring is the ideal solution if there’s just one particular part of your figure that you’re not happy with.

2) It makes the exercise and diet worthwhile

People who lose a lot of weight fast tend to be unhappy with the results, as excess skin remains on the body in a way that isn’t aesthetically pleasing. With body contouring, it’s possible to remove that excess skin, and deliver the taut, healthy figure that you were aiming for with the diet and exercise in the first place.

3) Improve comfort and way of life

Excess and loose skin can be a source of extreme discomfort. Loose skin can lead to the accumulation of sweat between folds, chaffing that causes rashes andchronic skin infections. When others are out enjoying the Australian lifestyle, excess skin can make the hotter, Summer months, unbearable. Excess skin can hamper maintaining weight loss and enjoying your new fitness because it causes discomfort and discourages you from playing sport and being active. Removing that source of discomfort is important to then enjoying exercise and activities.

What does body contouring involve?

Once you’ve answered the question “do I need body contouring?” The next question is what would be involved. You can talk to your specialist plastic surgeon to get more of an idea of what the procedure would involve and the results that you can expect from it, but the more common body contouring procedures include:

  • – Breast augmentations or lifts
  • – Tummy tucks
  • – Upper arm lifts
  • – Inner thigh lifts
  • – Thigh lifts
  • – Lower body lifts

 

These are all areas where complications from rapid loss of weight tend to show most significantly, and they’re all areas of aesthetic focus on the body.

So, do I need body contouring? It’s a good question, and there are many factors in the answer. Talk to your friendly Southern Aesthetic surgeon today – our all-female team is sensitive to your needs, goals, and concerns. Contact us on 02 9186 8105.

Dealing with extreme weight loss challenges and your body image

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Dealing with extreme weight loss challenges and your body image

Extreme weight loss is usually a sign of a massive change in lifestyle, and it’s usually great for your health. Following extreme weight loss, you’ll be feeling better, and ready for more activity in your new lifestyle. You’ll also expect to look better, but unfortunately one of the significant extreme weight loss challenges is being left with excess skin, which can be unsightly and a source of disappointment after undergoing such a healthy lifestyle change. That’s where the team at Southern Aesthetic come in.

What is extreme weight loss?

If you’ve ever seen the advertisements promising “lose 10 points in 10 days” or “drop one dress size in a day,” then you’re looking at advertisements that promise rapid – or “extreme” – weight loss. These weight loss programs can range from “starvation diets” through to the use of diet pills or supplements, or extreme exercise routines. The best programs are usually a combination of the three – a significant reduction of calories, combined with exercise and supplements that block the absorption of fats or increase the rate in which the body burns fat.

Other times people turn to surgery to achieve extreme weight loss, and make use of gastric sleeves, bands or bypasses to surgically reduce the size of their stomach.

You should always consult with your doctor and/or a nutritionist before undertaking a rapid weight loss program. Among other things rapid weight loss can affect your energy levels and your ability to undertake your daily routine, and should be carefully planned for.
And you should be prepared for there to be excess skin left afterwards.

Overcoming the extreme weight loss challenges associated with excess skin

Of everything that you’ll deal with, the extreme weight loss challenges that can be the most distressing generally involve excess skin. It’s an odd irony that you’ll be at the best, healthiest weight that you’ve been at for years, and yet to look at you, you’d seem underweight. As though you no longer fit in your own skin. Overcoming these extreme weight loss challenges often calls for body contouring surgery.

Body contouring surgery is a simple set of procedures that includeupper and lower body lifts, arm lifts,thigh lifts, breast lifts and breast lifts with implants, as necessary based on the result that you want. Each time, it involves the creation of a wound and the removal of excess skin to “firm up” what is remaining in an aesthetically pleasing way. Depending on the procedure it can leave a visible scar and needs to be performed by experts in order to minimise the impact. Your plastic surgeon will discuss this and potential risks ahead of the procedure, though body contouring comes with limitedrisksin healthy patients.

Dr Sanki’s practice at Southern Aesthetic has long been focused on addressing the extreme weight loss challenges that patients face, including body contouring. Additionally, the all-female team that work here are sensitive to each woman’s needs. Our goal is to make sure you come out of your procedure with complete confidence, and ready to enjoy the massive weight loss and the benefits that it will bring your lifestyle.

For more information, or to speak to one of our team to start the conversation, contact us at 02 9186 8105 .

COVID-19

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Injectables, Skin Care and Peels during COVID-19

Hello Lovely Patients!
I’m hoping you’re all coping with our new “lifestyle”.It’s a challenging time – but one to keep us all safe and well. Here are some questions that may help to clarify what we can and can’t do at the clinic right now. I’ve included a strategy to help you do some home care skin treatmentsuntil I see you again!

Can I have any injectables (neurotoxin, fillers) at the moment?

No – unfortunately injectables are considered a nonessential service and their administration requires the patient and nurse to be within 1.5m of each other.

When will I be able to have my injectables treatment done?

The NSW response to COVID-19 has been impressive and successful, and we expect further announcements to loosen social restrictions within non-surgical procedures to be announced in May. We are optimistically taking bookings for May.

Will all non-surgical treatments be available?

We expect that non-surgical treatments will be phased in as social restrictions are slowly phased out. It is possible that we will start with upper face treatments eg cheek fillers and neurotoxin to forehead, frown lines and crows feet. Peels, facials and lower face injectables will become possible once non-essential industries are allowed to work again.

Will it be safe to have injectables while coronavirus is still in our community?

Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is an ethical and sophisticated surgical clinic. We have put in place many screening, on site, patient and practitioner measures to reduce our patients’ risk. These measure together with the very low community levels of active virus, make coming into the practice for injectables very safe. Our safety measures include:

 

  1. Pre-consultation screening: Only present to your appointment if you have had no contact with someone who has had coronavirus AND you do not have a fever AND you do not have upper respiratory symptoms.
  2. Please enter the Southern Aesthetic office alone (leave the kids at home!).
  3. Patient appointments will be spaced out to maintain social distancing within the waiting room.
  4. Patients are asked to use alcohol hand gel on arrival and will be given a mask to wear.
  5. Our practitioners including myself, will be masked.
  6. Viral cleaning product is used on all patient surfaces after/before each patient.
  7. Practitioners and patients are to avoid touching their own faces during treatments.
  8. Please maintain 1.5m distance from reception staff who will process your payment and book your follow up appointments.

Can I have a skin consult during this time?

Yes you can contact the rooms on 02 95882494 and the reception staffwill organise a virtual consult with me free of charge.

Can I still buy skin care and do I have to come into the clinic to get it?

Yes! You can still buy any products from your skin care regime. We stock Southern Aesthetic Skin Care Range and Jan Marini Skin Care. Our clinic is still open to process payment and for you to pick up products in a safe way. If you prefer to stay in isolation, we can process payment over the phone and organise postage of your product to you.

Can I do extra treatments to my skin regime – at home?

Yes! We have several take home exfoliating masks and treatments that can be used at home to enhance your normal routine. These include the very popular Marini Holiday Exfoliator and we also have the Retinol Mask which is great for pigment and fine lines.
Coming into the drier months of Autumn, skin often requires more hydration. I often advise moving from serums to creams, which I can guide and advise you on this transition. And don’t forget your eye creams! The fragile area around your eyes require a much more delicate serum or cream and can make your face look and feel so much brighter.

I look forward to seeing you soon – stay safe and well!

Shanne Taylor RN

Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

 

Five breast lift benefits you really need to know about

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Breast lift surgery, properly known as mastopexy, is one of the most common aesthetic surgery practices of all. And yet, despite it being so common, it’s also a mystery to many: what are the breast lift benefits, and why would a woman want to get one? There’s actually many ways that a breast lift benefits a woman, and these include:

  1. It helps a woman after weight loss or breast feeding

The main purpose of a breast lift operation is to reshape and tighten the breast contour by removing excess skin. It also lifts the nipple into a higher position. Many women find themselves uncomfortable with the shape of their breasts after going through breast feeding or weight loss, and this operation is particularly beneficial to them in helping them regain self confidence and comfort with their bodies.

2. It doesn’t involve a change in breast size

Many women who are happy with the size of the breasts don’t want to get implants, which would lead to additional weight on the chest and pressure on the body. At the same time, they’re not in physical discomfort and don’t need to consider a decrease in breast size a medical priority. For these women, a breast lift operation is the ideal way to go, as it doesn’t fundamentally change the size of the breast, and therefore won’t affect the lifestyle of the individual.

3. It can help to address uneven breasts

Women who have breasts that are unevenly shaped – with one lower than the other – can face everyday challenges around clothing fit, as well as an insecurity about their figure. Breast lift procedures are a low-risk and natural way to address this concern that won’t involve implants or other unnatural materials being placed into the body.

4. Reduced under-breast irritation

Breast that are particularly low-sitting, can cause irritation to the fold of the skin that sits underneath the breasts. The result is chafing which can frequently result in rashes or skin redness. So, not only does the woman have perkier “higher” breasts to look forward to, but the day-to-day discomfort caused by the shape is eliminated completely.

5. It helps you look younger

One of the more visible signs of aging can be seen in the breasts, with a natural lowering over time. Through a breast lift procedure, a woman can maintain a youthful appearance, which again helps with self confidence and comfort.

Are there any downside to these breast lift benefits?

As with any operation there are some risks, which your plastic surgeon will talk you through. This is considered to be a very low risk operation, however, as it involves nothing unnatural and simply the removal of skin and reshaping of existing breast.

If you need more information on breast lists, contact our team today. Our all-woman staff are understanding and sensitive to your needs and concerns, and we’ll get the conversation started immediately.

What is body contouring?

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You may have heard this term floating around social media – it’s proving particularly popular with influencers and celebrities: body contouring. But what is body contouring, exactly, and why is it worth knowing about?

Body contouring refers to a range of different aesthetic (or “cosmetic”) surgical procedures that aim to improve the body’s appearance by modifying its size and shape. There’s no real limit to what you can conduct body contouring on, but most patients look to contour the following areas:

  • Waist
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Upper torso
  • Upper arms

As the procedure can vary depending on the area being worked on, what’s actually involved in body contouring can vary drastically from one procedure to the next, however it commonly involves removal of fat and excess skin, as well as the implementation of surgical implants.

What is body contouring good for?

While body contouring is considered aesthetic surgery, there are any number of health benefits that people also derive from procedures, including:

  • The correction of difficulties and discomfort in walking and exercising
  • An improvement in posture
  • The reduction of back and shoulder pain
  • An improvement in personal hygiene (for example, by removing issues associated with the accumulation of sweat and difficulty reaching areas to clean
  • Improved self esteem

For many patients, body contouring is an important first step towards a healthier lifestyle. For many one of the greatest difficulties in taking up exercise is the extreme discomfort that excess skin can cause. Body contouring is an ideal solution to that challenge.

Are there risks with body contouring?

As with any surgical procedure there are risks with body contouring that you should discuss with your plastic surgeon ahead of making any decision. One of the main risks is that a general anaesthetic will be required for most body contouring procedures.

Other risks that patients should be aware of and discuss ahead of time range from minor to major, and include:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • A blood clot, leading to heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or stroke
  • Allergic reaction to the sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions used in the procedure
  • Scarring, including keloid and hypertrophic scars which can be irritating and itchy, though not life-threatening
  • Complications associated with slow healing

With this being said, body contouring is considered to be a relatively safe medical procedure and complications are uncommon, or highly manageable.

What is body contouring priced at?

Because each body contouring procedure will depend on the individual and what they are looking to get done, it’s difficult to provide even general guidance to what a body contouring procedure will cost. Factors that will affect the price include:

  • The surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital surgical facility costs
  • Fees for the use of anaesthetic
  • Any medication prescriptions
  • Medical tests
  • Any costs associated with a hospital stay

As this is plastic surgery, it will not be covered by public healthcare (Medicare). Your private insurance policy might include a provision for aesthetic surgery.

Again, your surgeon will discuss the cost of the procedure well in advance so there won’t be any “bill shock” after the procedure.

If you have any further questions about body contouring, what’s involved, and whether it’s right for your personal goals, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with our friendly team. We’ll be able to answer any questions that you have and get you started on the way to an entirely new-look you.

Coronavirus & your plastic surgery

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As the health system has adjusted to life with coronavirus, our practice has evolved daily to safely provide the highest standards of care for our plastic surgery patients. Here is a guide to some of the changes we have made so that our existing patients can continue to be fully supported and our future patients can plan their surgical options.

New patients: To divert medical resources to controlling the COVID-19 virus, the NSW government has asked all plastic surgeons to only perform essential surgery. Essential surgery includes emergency procedures such as repairing hand fractures and lacerations in addition to life preserving procedures such as melanoma, squamous cell and basal cell cancer management. Dr Ilias Kotronakis, specialist plastic surgeon, will be operating at St George Private and Kareena private hospitals to help patients requiring essential plastic surgery. New appointments for essential surgery can be organized, as usual, with our receptionists by calling the office on (02) 9588 2494. Our receptionists will then determine whether you are most appropriately seen in person or via a video consultation with Dr Kotronakis.

Dr Amira Sanki is also continuing to consult with new patients. Patients hoping to discuss their options about body contouring, surgery after weight loss, face and necklift surgery and breast surgery, can call Dr Sanki’s coordinator on (02) 9588 2494 to make an appointment. Telehealth and video conferencing are familiar forms of communicating with our patients, as Dr Sanki regularly uses telehealth with her interstate and country patients. Our receptionists will guide you through the process of booking your consultation, emailing standardised photos and setting up your device for a thorough and informative consultation.

Existing patients: All patients who have surgery over the social isolation period will be seen face to face post operatively to check they are healing well. Following this first important consultation with your surgeon, ongoing follow up will be done via the telephone, email and video conferencing. You are very welcome to present to the office for a face to face consultation if your surgeon is concerned about your progress. 

COVID-19 safety within the office: We have put numerous safety measures in place to make your visit to Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as smooth and reassuring as possible. Please do not present to your appointment if you are experiencing upper respiratory symptoms, a fever or if you have been in contact with someone ill in the past 14 days. This is for the safety of our other patients and our staff. When you present to the office, you will be asked to use alcohol hand rub before completing a registration form with a clean pen. We ask that all patients present alone. We can organize for your supporting family or friends to participate in the consultation via speaker phone. You will be given a mask to wear during your time in the office for your own protection. Unless you are having an essential procedure or the doctor is examining you, we will observe social distancing of at least 1.5m.

Rescheduling elective surgery: Dr Sanki and Dr Kotronakis will be acquiring additional theatre time to expedite the surgery of patients who have been asked to delay their surgery during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, we are hoping that the NSW fight against Coronavirus will be successfully in control by mid-May. We will be keeping our postponed patients updated by phone and email whenever we receive news from the NSW Health Department. Further updates to all our patients will be made via our Facebook and Instagram pages. Patients hoping to have surgery this year, should still make an appointment to speak with Dr Sanki or Dr Kotronakis as soon as possible, to avoid any disappointments with getting your ideal surgical date.

Non-surgical appointments: Shanne Taylor RN has postponed her appointments until she receives news from the NSW Health Department allowing injectables, peels and skin treatments to recommence.  Both of our skin care ranges, Jan Marini and Southern Aesthetic, can be purchased by calling our rooms. Silicone scar oil, Strataderm, is also available. We can organize delivery of your product to your home. Please do not hesitate to contact our team to get skin care advice while you are in self isolation.

We wish you all good health and hope to see you soon.

What’s the difference between breast augmentation & breast lift?

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It’s important to understand that there is a difference between breast augmentation & breast lift surgery, and while you can always talk to your doctor about your options and what might be right for you, having some understanding of what’s involved before your consultation can help you feel confident going in.

Breast lift surgery simply involves the removal of excess breast skin in an effort to reshape the breasts to a more appealing form. The impact that this has on a woman’s dress size is typically minimal. In most cases, you’ll maintain your bra cup size but increase your ability to go without a bra or wear a lighter bra. The scars are usually placed around the areola and down the lower pole of the breast, in a lollipop shape.

Some women may want to reduce their breast size. For example, women with large breasts or women after massive weight loss can experience headaches, back and shoulder pain from the weight of their breasts. A breast lift is always a part of breast reduction surgery.

Breast augmentation surgery involves the insertion of a silicone breast implant behind a woman’s breast, as a way of boosting the volume and improving the shape of the breast. Some women have a lot of excess breast skin and will need a breast lift done at the same time. The combination of a breast lift with implants is called augmentation mastopexy.

Breast implants can lift slightly deflated, saggy breasts without a concomitant surgical breast lift (and removing the need for a lollipop scar).

What you need to know about the procedure

After discussing your needs and goals with your doctor, you’ll need to prepare for a procedure that will last from between one and four hours, depending on complexity.

Following your procedure, you should find that recovery is relatively comfortable. Breast tissue is not as sensitive as other parts of the body, and there are post-operative bras that have been designed to maximise comfort. In most cases you’ll be able to go home on the same day, or spend one night in hospital for monitoring. You’ll be able to return to work and drive after a week.

Finally, you won’t need to worry about the removal of stitches. It’s standard practice to use dissolvable stitches, with paper micropore tape used in the short term for scar management and wound care.

If you have any questions about the procedure, or what might be right for you, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at Southern Aesthetic! We’re always happy to field your questions and address any sensitivities you might have.

Do breast implants cause cancer?

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No. It’s one of the most common concerns of women that are looking to have breast augmentation surgery, and as is always the case with health concerns, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the risks of breast augmentation. To be clear: there are things that you need to consider when undergoing a breast augmentation procedure but starting with the right surgeon is the priority. There are many cosmetic surgeons that will simply complete the procedure without much short- or long-term patient support. Ethical surgeons, such as those at Southern Aesthetic, will take the time to discuss your goals and needs first. Their priority is your long-term happiness, and so you do need to know of the risks going into any procedure. It is possible to get a rare form of cancer, called breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is not a breast cancer. Rather, it’s a cancer that forms in the fluid and scar tissue that exists around a textured breast implant and does not occur with smooth implants. All women should check their breasts regularly, and women with breast implants should do the same. An annual check-up with your local doctor or plastic surgeon is also a good idea since ALCL can manifest itself as soon as one year after surgery, or as late as 37 years. It can be detected via a swelling or lump of an implanted breast. Confirmation of the diagnosis is made with a fluid sample aspirated from around the implant using ultrasound guidance. You may also have a mammogram check for breast cancer, but that would be unrelated to detecting BIA-ALCL. It’s worth noting that this cancer is extremely rare. Only one in 2,500 to one in 25,000 people with breast implants are diagnosed with the cancer. Detected early, it is very treatable. For more information on detecting symptoms, and the treatment process, click here. However, once again it’s important to understand that the materials used in silicone breast implants are safe and are not linked to the causes of cancers of any type. For more information on BIA-ALCL, or to discuss any health concerns that you might have regarding breast implants, arrange to talk to the friendly and professional team at Southern Aesthetic.

The importance of financial consent in healthcare — a lesson I learnt the hard way!

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Financial consent in healthcare is a subject seldom spoken about. One of the issues is because takes a rocket scientist to understand the financial aspects of our health care system. Health fund rebates, Medicare rebates, schedule fees, no gaps, bulk bill, assistant fees, implant costs, incidental costs — what do all these words mean? And why are they important?

My not-so-great experience with unexpected medical bills

I was having a particularly busy day last May. So busy that I didn’t have time for lunch and was happy to find a hard piece of licorice “chew chew” in my work bag. So busy that I didn’t have time to suck my “chew chew” and ended up grinding down hard on a sharp wedge of licorice that split one of my canine teeth. I was devastated. I spent the rest of the day chatting to my patients while in significant pain and then cried after the dentist told me I would need to have the tooth pulled. Being a pirate is NOT a good look for a plastic surgeon.

But once the hurt of my ageing tooth passed, the agony of the cost of a dental implant started to take effect. The news of my dental extraction, dummy tooth insertion and three stage dental implant was drip fed to me. The financial hit came in increments that were almost as sharp as the initial piece of licorice that delivered me to the dentist’s chair.

I was truly financially cranky because financial consent was not a part of my dental implant process. Noone sat me down in a quiet room and gently talked me through the costs. I am now very grateful to have had an uncomplicated dental implant but I had taken my own thorough practices for financial consent In healthcare for granted.

Plastic surgeons are well and truly the most upfront, efficient and experienced doctors in delivering financial consent when it comes to their patient’s surgeries and care. Ironically, this is because our surgery is elective. Patients have a choice to go ahead with their procedure and significant choice in picking the surgeon, hospital and devices they would like to use. If the price is not right, they can elect to get a second opinion or not go ahead with the procedure.

What is financial consent in healthcare?

Financial consent in healthcare is a meticulous estimate of your fees which you agree upon prior to surgery. I say estimate because unfortunately, no surgeon has control of Medicare, hospital costs or mother nature.

In my practice atSouthern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a patient will receive the following information that will allow them to financially consent to any services we provide:

  1. On the day of consultation: Clients will receive a Surgeon and Surgical Assistant’s fee estimate and expected rebate. A rebate can only be expected if the procedure has a Medicare item number. For example, a breast lift only attracts a rebate from Medicare if two thirds of the patient’s breast gland sits below the inframammary fold and their nipples point downwards.In addition, patients are given a “Booking process” information sheet to explain the NSW Medical Board rules about cooling off periods, as well as expectations regarding surgical deposits, refunds, cancellation fees and the costs of revisional surgery.
  1. Within 7 days of consultation: Clients will receive the hospital estimate, anaesthetist’s estimate and cost of medical devices, eg. breast implants.
  2. Day 1 post operation: The client will receive a surgical receipt, which is issued to the patientand can then be taken to Medicare and the patient’s health fund to collect their rebates.

The role of Medicare

Traditionally, medical and surgical professionals have not felt the need to provide a detailed financial consent in healthcare practices as they deem their services essential.

It is important to realize that Australians are remarkably fortunate to always have the ability tochoose their doctor. You should always ask what the costs of surgery are before agreeing to a procedure. If it seems too much, then call other doctor’s rooms for an estimate or speak to your GP about an alternative person to see.

The final important point is that all essential surgery is covered by Medicare. Any Australian requiring surgery to treat cancer or a trauma (eg. hand fracture) can have this surgery performed, for free, in the public health care system.

Dr Amira Sanki is a highly-accredited plastic surgeon practicing in Sydney, Australia. She is an owner of Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which is based in Kogarah, Miranda and Newtown.