What is Plastic Surgery?
Contrary to its name, plastic surgery does not involve the use of plastics during surgery. The word plastic is taken from a Greek word that simply means 'moulding' or 'giving form'.
Plastic surgery can be divided into two types cosmetic and reconstructive surgery:
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
- Reconstructive surgery - surgery to improve function or minimize disfigurement that has occurred as a result of an accident, disease or birth defect.
- Aesthetic or cosmetic, surgery - designed to improve a person's appearance by reshaping facial or bodily features
Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff are bound by strict confidentiality requirements regarding your medical records as a condition of employment. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Patients seen for cosmetic and elective surgery do not need a referral to make an appointment. However, if you see Dr McManamny for a reconstructive issue and hope to receive a Medicare rebate, you will need a referral. We recommend checking with your private insurance company directly if you are planning to have a plastic surgery procedure.
What should I expect during my first consultation?
The best way to find out if cosmetic surgery is right for you, is to meet with Dr McManamny, who will listen to your needs, examine you and provide you with educated advice. Dr McManamny can tell you what you need to know about the procedure you are interested in, or recommend another to meet your needs and goals.
During your first consultation, Dr McManamny will explain the specific procedure you require, help you visualize the results and go over the risks. Although complications are rare, all surgeries, especially those that involve anaesthesia, carry some risks. Dr McManamny will outline these for you based on the specific procedure.
What is Scarring? Will the scars be noticeable?
A result of any surgical procedure is scarring. Each and every time the skin is cut either by scalpel or laser a surgical scar is produced. The quality and appearance of scars vary widely with each patient's healing process, the position of the scar on the body, and the degree of tension placed on the scar. The types of scars can be influenced by personal, familial and racial factors and cannot be controlled by the surgeon.
Will they be noticeable? Probably not. Your surgeon will make every effort to keep scars as minimal as possible and try to hide them in the natural lines and creases of your skin. For the majority of procedures, your scars will fade over time and become barely visible.
Will the cosmetic procedure or surgery hurt?
During a procedure anaesthesia ensures that you're comfortable and feel no pain. If general anaesthesia is used, you will sleep through the entire operation. After surgery any pain or discomfort you may experience can usually be controlled through medication and will usually subside in a matter of days.
How soon can I return to work?
Again, this differs widely on the procedure that has been performed, but on average, most cosmetic surgery patients are back to work within 3 to 10 days.
Do I have to stay in hospital overnight?
Dr McManamny recommends an overnight stay in hospital for most procedures, to give you the optimal surgical result. A hospital environment will also help ensure that pain relief is on hand if required.
Some procedures such as tummy tuck usually require more than one night in hospital, others such as browlift can be performed as a day case.
What is the recovery from Plastic Surgery Like
Each patient will tolerate pain post-operatively in a different way, and we consider this. While some patients may describe the pain as an ache, others experience greater discomfort. Appropriate pain medications are prescribed for post-operative patients, and these help minimize discomfort.
Most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post operatively. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation have discomfort equal to that of a C-section.
When can I resume regular exercise?
This varies depending on the operation performed. Dr McManamny encourages all his patients to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not recommended during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Lifting weights and contact sports are OK after 1 month in most cases.
Fees and Payments
What About Your Fees?
Most cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. Some operations such as breast reduction, tummy tuck or rhinoplasty may receive rebates but each procedure must be individually assessed.
In addition to Dr McManamny’s fee, you will also receive an account from your anaesthetist, the hospital for operating theatre and bed fee, pharmacy and possibly an assistant surgeon.
When you decide to book your surgery, our staff will give you a detailed estimate of all the fees and charges, and will help you navigate your way through this part of the decision process.
How do I pay for my operation?
Payment after your first consultation is appreciated. An estimate of the fees for the surgical procedure is provided at this time, and payment is required prior to your scheduled date of surgery.
We accept cash and major credit cards, and are finding direct bank deposit (EFT).
Cosmetic Surgery Guides are available. Please ask our staff if you are interested.
Will my private insurance cover all your treatments?
Medicare and/or private insurance will only cover consultations and surgical procedures regarded as medically necessary. Cosmetic treatments are not covered.
For more detailed information about our nonsurgical services and the support we provide to help you make the right decision, or to book an appointment, please contact us on (03) 8849 1465 or