Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are essential and private fees apply. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Do I need a referral?

It is recommended that you have a referral to see the specialist Plastic Surgeons, in order to claim a rebate on your consultation and your medical treatment from Medicare, if applicable.  We also recommend that you have private health insurance hospital cover.

A referral is not required to see our Cosmetic Physicians, Skin Cancer GPs, Nurses or Dermal Consultants.

Will there be an out of pocket cost?

As a private practice, we charge private fees. Most procedures will incur out of pocket costs, and a separate facility fee is charged for procedures undertaken in the rooms.  For non-elective procedures – pension rates apply for Aged Pension Card Holder patients, and Veteran’s Affairs patients with a Gold Card are covered for consultation and hospital procedures.

Cosmetic procedures are payable in full prior to any surgery occurring.

Where medicare item numbers are applicable, and depending on the patient’s health insurer and the procedure to be performed, ARC surgeons may choose to, or not to, participate in a GAP or Co-Payment scheme with the patient’s health insurer.

Where possible, patient’s undergoing a rooms or hospital procedure will be informed of the costs prior to the procedure being undertaken.

How long between an initial consult and surgery?

The time between an initial consultation and surgery will depend on the nature of the appointment and availability of the surgeon. For non-elective procedures, i.e. melanoma surgery, ARC Plastic Surgeon’s will prioritise treatment to avoid any unnecessary delays, with surgery often completed within one week. For elective procedures, i.e. breast augmentation, the usual wait for surgery is between four to eight weeks.

Where are procedures/treatments performed?

Some procedures and treatments by the Plastic Surgeon, and all treatments provided by our Cosmetic Physicians, Skin Cancer GPs, Nurses and Dermal Consultants are undertaken in our rooms.

ARC consulting rooms have well equipped offices and procedure areas specifically for this purpose.  Room based treatments are walk in walk out, and according to the specific procedure will require no anaesthesia, or a local anaesthesia only.

If sedative or general anaesthetic is needed, the procedure will be performed in the operating room of a registered and accredited hospital facility, with a qualified anaesthetist present for patient safety, and with a supervised recovery area.  All major procedures are undertaken in hospital as day or longer stay admissions, according to the planned surgery.

What post procedure care does ARC Plastic Surgery offer its patients?

As needed, your practitioner will organise follow-up appointments to check on your recovery and/or treatment results. ARC has dedicated practice nurses available to answer queries regarding patient’s pathology results, and pre- and post-operative care. At any time, if a patient has any queries or concerns, they shouldn’t hesitate to contact our rooms.

What is the recovery time?

In the majority of cases, patients undergoing rooms procedures with a local anaesthetic will be able to drive immediately after the procedure, and return to normal activities the same or following day. The surgeon will advise any special post-operative care, and if a longer recovering is required.

For in-hospital procedures, the recovery time is dependent on the surgery to be performed. Generally, for larger procedures, patients will require between two weeks to four weeks off work (this will also depend on the patient’s occupation).

Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to six weeks following surgery.

Obvious bruising and swelling will be visible for around two weeks, however, in some procedures, takes around two months or longer to fully subside. In particular, for surgical patients with facial procedures, they should allow sufficient time for recovery before attending important social events or being photographed. With rhinoplasty surgery, after bruising and swelling has subsided, the actual healing process takes a full year.

Typically, driving can be resumed once the patient is comfortable, can react quickly if necessary, and are not taking strong pain killers.

Each procedure and individual patient’s recovery times are different. The above is provided as a general guide only. Your surgeon will assess you and advise of any special