Dr. Sellars’ has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients.
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Q. Are referrals from my GP necessary?
It is not always necessary to have a referral but it is advisable so the Surgeon can view your previous medical history. A referral will also be required should there be a Medicare rebate. In some instances, you may be able to claim for your consultation fee, so it is a good idea to have a referral from a GP prior to your consultation.
Q. Are there risks involved with having Plastic / Cosmetic surgery?
As with any surgery there are risks involved. It is important that you discuss the risks and possible complications with your Surgeon and/or GP before you go ahead with any procedure. We recommend you make an informed decision about whether to have your chosen procedure.
Q. Will I need follow-up consultations with the Surgeon?
Generally yes, you will have follow-up consultation(s) but it depends on what procedure(s) you have. Dr Sellars will follow your progress and if at any time you have any issues or queries please contact the surgery.
Q. Is there a difference between a “Cosmetic Surgeon” and a “Plastic Surgeon”?
Always check the credentials of your Surgeon, as not all Doctors who are entitled to practice Cosmetic Surgery are qualified as Plastic Surgeons. Many Medical Practitioners (such as GP’s, Dermatologists, General Surgeons) call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon, if they happen to practice this type of work. It is important to check training and qualifications of your Surgeon. Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are highly trained Specialists, who have spent at least eight (8) to ten (10) years in post graduate surgical training. It is highly recommended that you only have surgery by a Plastic Surgeon.
Q. Will I need to be hospitalised?
Surgery can be performed in either a private hospital or day procedure centre, registered with the State Health Department and/or accredited by the Australian Council of Health Care Standards.
Q. How long will I need to be off work?
All of these questions are covered in the procedural brochures provided by the ASPS office. Your Surgeon however, can also answer most questions at the time of consultation. As with other surgical procedures Cosmetic Surgery is “real surgery” so there is a recovery period.
Q. How can I find out more on the internet?
Please use the links on our helpful links page to search for more information.
Q. Should I seek a second opinion?
This is entirely up to you; however, if you do not feel comfortable with your Surgeon, or their suggestions, or experience, by all means seek other medical opinions.
Q. Do I have PIP breast implants?
Dr Sellars has never used PIP implants in any of his patients. If you are unsure you should check with the doctor who performed your surgery.
Q. What is the problem with PIP implants?
The French company PIP had their implants withdrawn from the market in 2010. They had begun using cheaper, less stable industrial grade silicone rather than the more stable medical grade. This increased the chance of rupture of the implants. The less stable gel could leak into the tissues around the breast causing benign lumpiness known as “granulomas”. It is not life threatening. It is estimated to affect around 5000 Australian women.
Q. What should I do if I have PIP implants?
See the doctor who performed your surgery to have them checked. A clinical examination as well as an ultrasound would be appropriate. In some cases they may need to be removed or replaced. Dr Sellars would be happy to see you if you are unable to see your treating doctor or if you had them put in overseas.