Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Will My Surgery Cost?
Dr Rubinstein and his team can offer you a price range for your chosen surgery. This depends on the type of procedure, hospital and how long you want to stay in hospital.
At your initial consultation, we will give you a quote, in detail, for your chosen procedure. This will include a surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, surgical assistant fee and the hospital fees.
An approximate out-of-pocket expense for your breast surgery can be provided over the phone when you speak to a Patient Care Advisor on (03) 8849 1444.
Is My Surgery Covered by Medicare?
Medicare codes have recently undergone a change. As a result, Medicare may no longer cover your procedure.
What Can I Expect at My Initial Consultation?
At your initial appointment with Dr Rubinstein you will typically:
- Have your photos taken
- Have a physical examination
- See before and after photos from past patients
- Find out more about your surgical options
- Receive detailed information about your surgery
- Go through the possible risks and
- complications associated with your surgery
- Find out about surgery pricing and available dates
Will Surgery Hurt?
Every surgical procedure has associated discomfort, and everyone is different in how they experience pain.
The answer is yes, typically there will be pain associated with a plastic surgery procedure but it should be well-managed by your surgeon and patient care team.
How Much Pain Should I Expect?
It can be difficult to predict pain levels for each individual person as there are too many variables to consider. Pain is often subjective to each patient based on their perception and sensitivity to pain.
There are however, several things that can be done by you and your surgical support team to help with the initial post-surgery recovery period.
Whilst you may experience pain, particularly in the days following your breast surgery, it can be manageable by following your surgeon’s recommendations.
What Steps Can Be Taken to Minimise Pain?
Dr Rubinstein’s approach to recovery is to do whatever he can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
Dr Rubinstein and his team are dedicated to keeping you as comfortable as possible during your pre-operative sessions, your surgical procedure and your healing & recovery time following surgery.
A post-surgery rapid recovery pack is provided to patients which includes products proven to accelerate your healing and recovery.
How Long Will it Take For Me to Recover?
Every patient is different and there are many health and lifestyle factors that may effect your recovery time.
Generally, it can often take 6-8 weeks to fully recover from most plastic surgery procedures.
Your recovery period will however vary and you will need to work with your plastic surgeon throughout this time.
It is important that you listen to the advise from your surgeon and support team and advise them before returning to exercise or other similar activities.
Will Breast Surgery Affect Breastfeeding Later in Life?
The answer to this question depends on what type of breast surgery you choose.
For safety and best results, it is often best to avoid incisions around the nipple areola complex, as well as breast implant placement above the muscle.
We recommend placing breast implants be below the muscle and incisions made under the breast. This allows for a lower chance of nipple sensation loss and best results if you are planning on breastfeeding children later in life.
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