Questions to ask your plastic surgeon

  • Plastic surgery Cairns

Navigating the waters of the plastic surgery world can be confusing.

In fact, it’s not a matter of not finding enough information; sometimes, the amount of information can be overwhelming!

If you’re considering a plastic surgery procedure to help improve the look or function of a specific part of your body, there are probably many questions floating around in your mind.

While we encourage you to ask all questions – no matter how big or small they seem – there are a few we recommend you should definitely ask when speaking to a plastic surgeon.

We break each down below, highlighting the importance of asking them!

Are you in the early stages of research? Why not organise an obligation-free catch up with a Cairns Plastic Surgery nurse? Organise your FREE chat today by calling the clinic on (07) 4031 5755 or filling in this form – we’ll get back to you!

Your surgeon’s qualifications

Are you FRACS?

Why you need to ask this question

When choosing a plastic surgeon, you must choose one who is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This affiliation is the only surgical body recognised by the Australian Medical Council.

Spotting this is easy: all you need to do is look out for the letters “FRACS”!

Spot these letters, and your surgeon is accredited to perform reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

It also tells you that your surgeon has received at least an additional five years of specialist training (beyond their 12 years of medical education) and prioritise patient care and safety.

How much experience do you have?

Why you need to ask this question

By asking this question, you can find out just how well-suited your plastic surgeon is to perform your desired procedure.

A lot of experience performing the same types of procedures – and therefore addressing the same kinds of problems – demonstrates that your surgeon is intimately familiar with the latest techniques to deliver pleasing results.

Can I see some before and after photos?

Why you need to ask this question

For many prospective patients, the proof is in the pudding.

They want to see real-life photos from real patients who have undergone the same or similar procedures from your chosen surgeon in the past.

They want to feel assured that their surgeon has the skill and experience to add yet another success story to their portfolio.

View our plastic surgery before and after gallery here.

Woman planning to have a breast implant

Your procedure

Is this plastic surgery procedure right for me?

Why you need to ask this question

There are several cosmetic procedures that can be undertaken together to achieve specific or desired results; additionally, you might not fully understand the expected outcomes of a certain procedure.

You need to make sure that the procedure you are considering is the most appropriate to address your concerns.

For example, you might be considering breast implants to improve the shape of your breasts, however upon consultation, your surgeon may suggest a breast lift instead, or a lift combined with implants.

A great understanding of the goals you want to achieve will help your surgeon explain all your options. It’s imperative you enter your plastic surgeon’s office with an open mind.

Where is my procedure done?

Why you need to ask this question

It’s important that you know if your plastic surgeon’s office is also where your procedure will take place, or if it will be at a nearby hospital.

This helps set the expectation for surgery and helps you prepare for a smooth and safe procedure.

At Cairns Plastic Surgery, most of our procedures take place across the road at Cairns Private Hospital. All others take place within our clinic.

Can you please explain or break down the costs in my quote?

Why you need to ask this question

There’s a lot more to the final cost than just your surgeon’s fee.

Your surgeon should help you understand additional costs, such as theatre fees, anaesthetic fees, costs associated with a day or overnight stay, and any post-operative appointments.

If you have any questions about what is or isn’t involved in your quote, ensure you ask them well in advance. Plastic surgery is usually elective, so you are responsible for paying all fees.


What is recovery like?

Why you need to ask this question

You need to have a deep understanding of what is expected during the first few days and weeks following surgery.

It’s imperative you understand how to take care of yourself as you recover, including keeping wounds and sutures clean.

Your surgeon will explain how you should move, wash, and sleep.

It will be normal to experience discomfort, but if you are in pain, your recovery could be at risk, so make sure you contact your surgeon in these cases.

Do I need time off work? If so, how long?

Why you need to ask this question

You need to ensure that, armed with the knowledge your surgeon provides about required time off work, you can make a conscious decision of whether now is the right time for you to undergo a plastic surgery procedure.

You should inform your employer as soon as possible of required time off, and ensure that you will be able to get adequate time off to rest and recover.

Do not rush your recovery in order to get back into the office sooner!

Got questions? Cairns Plastic Surgery has the answers!

Many people avoid asking their surgeon these types of pressing questions, out of fear they are coming across as distrusting or pushy.

That simply isn’t the case, and at Cairns Plastic Surgery, we wholeheartedly understand that!

We want you to feel comfortable enough to ask our surgeon as well as our nurses any type of question leading up to your chosen surgery.

Deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery is a big decision and not one to be made lightly – so it’s only fair you’re given the opportunity to ask questions you previously thought were too small or insignificant, or too invasive!

If you have questions, take the first step – organise your FREE chat with a Cairns Plastic Surgery nurse by calling the clinic on (07) 4031 5755 or filling in this form – we’ll get back to you!