Deciding to undergo surgery is, while exciting, it can be daunting! The results can after all change your appearance and confidence level. Taking the correct first steps is imperative to your surgery journey being as stress free as possible.
The key to a good recovery and a positive outcome is preparation! Dr Hertess and her team of qualified nurses make it their mission to ensure their patients are fully aware of the risks involved, and that they feel comfortable in their care.
So, where should I start?
Please use the following tips as a guide when preparing for surgery. The important thing to remember is to ask questions! Be prepared, and understand that sometimes complications happen. A successful outcome is a work in progress between the patient, the surgeon and supporting staff.
Cairns Plastic Surgery Preparation Tips
- Create a checklist of your expectations; read our Top 5 Considerations When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
- Take advantage of a complimentary nurse consultation
- Ask to see evidence of surgical outcomes in the form of photos
- Be honest, and expect honesty
- Know your medical history, previous surgery and medication, and how this may impact on further surgery
- Know your surgeons qualifications
- Ask questions!
About Dr Hertess
Dr Hertess has a unique female perspective after over 20 years experience in plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery.
She is a doctor that specialises in breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast lift procedures as well as abdominoplasty, liposuction, face/neck lift, hand surgery, ear and eye surgery. Her diligent work in skin cancer treatment, surgery and treatment of dermatological skin conditions continues.
A member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, she offers skill, care and proficiency in all areas of surgical and non surgical medical treatment as a specialist plastic surgeon.
Training and Qualifications
Dr Hertess graduated from Melbourne University Medical School in 1986 after completing her science degree.
She spent an additional eight years training in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.
In 1993 Dr Hertess obtained her specialist qualification as a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In 2014 Dr Hertess obtained her Australian Dermatology Diploma.
Memberships and associations
Dr Hertess is a valued member of the following associations:
- Member of Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
- Member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
- Member of The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
- Member of The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
- Member of The Australian Hand Surgery (AHSS)
- Member of Australian Medical Association (AMA)
- Member of The Queensland Society of Plastic Surgeons (QSPS)
Up close with Dr Hertess
Cairns Plastic Surgery is a well-established local surgery, which Dr Hertess has been operating for over 20 years. She offers an abundance of knowledge in the specialist plastic surgical field and acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual patient. She recommends a fit and healthy lifestyle for herself and all prospective surgical clients. She enjoys bike riding, boxing and fitness classes while keeping up with her three teenage children.
Choosing your plastic surgeon is a major decision that is not to be taken lightly – you know this.
There are several factors you should comprehensively research to determine you are choosing a qualified, experienced, accredited surgeon that has received the appropriate training.
It's imperative that you choose a plastic surgeon who not only has a wealth of training and experience, but can also compassionately support you during your journey, answering all your questions thoroughly and honestly.
Demonstrated competence, highlighted through a surgeon's past work and experience, can help you make an informed decision that the doctor you are choosing to perform your plastic surgery procedure has both under-standing and capability in all area's of plastic surgery.
Board Certifications, Memberships and Accreditation
When choosing your plastic surgeon, you should be able to easily find their medical certifications, tertiary qualifications, and memberships. Every plastic surgeon practising in Australia must be a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Cairns Plastic Surgery's Dr Hertess obtained her specialist qualification as a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1993 in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and is a member of ASPS.
Additionally, consider the following factors when choosing your plastic surgeon.