Surgery is always your decision, so being part of the planning process is undoubtedly an important aspect. You must ensure that you’re taking responsibility for your health and your decisions.

You must enter into this decision knowing that surgery involves time for planning and recovery, and you must be realistic in your expectations – not everyone will achieve the same results from the same operation.

You also must understand that surgery does come with potential risks and complications. Existing medical problems and smoking increases your risk of complications. Your procedure cannot be reversed. Pain, bruising and swelling can be expected.

Education prior to surgery is the key to a positive outcome. From your initial consultation, to additional research and reading materials, Dr Hertess and her supporting staff endeavour to educate you to the best of their abilities regarding your procedure.

We guarantee confidentiality, respect, and discretion. To ensure a stress free recovery, ensure honesty when speaking with your surgeon about previous surgeries, anaesthetics and medical problems. Discuss your current medications and what pain relief you will require after surgery.

Ensure you understand which medications should be ceased prior to surgery, as some anti-inflammatory medication can impact on your surgery.

For more information please contact us for a confidential consultation with one of our qualified nurses.

Here at Cairns Plastic Surgery, we want our patients to be as comfortable as possible during treatment and recovery. It is important to be aware that your daily routine will be disrupted for a period of time after surgery, and protective measures must be taken to ensure a speedy recovery.

Ask yourself the following questions before treatment and recovery to ensure you are fully prepared for the journey!


  1. Have I read my consent form carefully?
  2. Do I know my surgery procedure?
  3. Have I had a nurse consultation?
  4. Has my nurse informed me of my options, risks and complications?
  5. Have I read all information given to me?
  6. Have I completed all hospital forms and paperwork?
  7. Am I having a general or a local anaesthetic?
  8. Do I require post operative support garments?
  9. Do I understand where my procedure will be performed?
  10. Do I understand how long I will be in hospital?


  1. Am I able to drive after my surgery?
  2. Who will be at home to care for me after surgery?
  3. Is my home prepared for my arrival after surgery?
  4. Am I aware that rest is essential, particularly in the first 10 days?
  5. Am I keeping my wounds clean?
  6. Do I know when I can remove my bandages/dressings?
  7. Do I understand the expectations for my new look?
  8. Am I eating a healthy, balanced diet?
  9. Am I drinking plenty of water?
  10. Have I booked a post operative appointment?