Frequently Asked Questions

We have consolidated some of the most frequently asked questions about Cosmetic Plastic Surgery to make it easier for you to find the answers you’re looking for.

If your question is not on the list please feel free to contact our team.


FAQ 1. How Much Will The Surgery Cost?

The cost of surgery can vary significantly and depends on multiple factors, including:

  • The location of the surgery
  • Complexity of the procedure
  • The experience and expertise of the surgeon
  • Anesthesia and anesthetist cost
  • The facility fees
  • Cost of pre-operative tests and consultations
  • Any post-operative care/follow-up visits
  • The cost include the type of implants used (if applicable)
  • Additional procedures or revisions
  • And other associated medical expenses.

Dr Rubinstein and his team can offer you an estimated price range for your chosen surgery, however, it will depend on the above points.

At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote for your chosen procedure. This will include a cost breakdown of the above points.

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 1300 599 990.

You can also visit the Prices Page for more details about fees.

FAQ 2. What Can I Expect at My Initial Consultation?

At your initial appointment with Dr Rubinstein, you will typically:

  • Have your photos taken for your patient file
  • 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

Consultation Fees are $300 either for a Virtual Consultation or an in-person consultation. To book a consultation please call 1300 599 990


FAQ 3. Does Surgery Hurt, and 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 subjective to each patient based on their perception and sensitivity.

Surgery involves making incisions and manipulating tissues, so it is expected to experience some level of discomfort or pain afterwards. However, the amount of pain experienced can vary from person to person and depends on factors such as the type of surgery, individual pain tolerance, and the body’s healing response.

Surgeons take steps to manage pain both during and after surgery. They administer anesthesia during the procedure and prescribe pain medication afterwards. It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and take any prescribed pain medication as directed to help manage pain effectively.

Your surgeon will also provide guidance on what level of pain is normal and when to seek medical attention if you have concerns about your pain levels.


FAQ 4. What Steps Can Be Taken to Minimise Pain?

Dr Rubinstein and his team are dedicated to keeping you as comfortable as possible from your pre-operative sessions, through your surgical procedure, and during your whole healing & recovery.

We provide post-surgery recovery packs to our patients, these packs contain products proven to accelerate your healing and recovery.


FAQ 5. How Long Will It Take For Me to Recover?

Every patient is different and there are many health and lifestyle factors that may affect your recovery time. Generally, it can take 6-8 weeks to fully recover from most plastic surgery procedures.

Your recovery period will vary and you will need to work with your plastic surgeon throughout this time. It is important that you listen to the advice from your surgeon and support team and get the all-clear before returning to exercise or other similar activities.

General tips for recovery

  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions:
    • This may include taking prescribed pain medication as directed, adhering to activity restrictions, and caring for the incision sites properly.
  • Manage swelling
    • Applying cold compresses or ice packs as recommended by your surgeon can help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
    • Keeping your head elevated can also help minimise swelling in facial procedures.
  • Take prescribed pain medication
    • It is important to follow the prescribed dosage and not exceed the recommended limits.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers
    • Consult with your surgeon before taking any additional medications to ensure they do not interfere with your recovery or prescribed medications.
  • Avoid strenuous activities
    • Engaging in strenuous activities or lifting heavy objects can exacerbate pain and prolong the healing process.
  • Maintain proper wound care
    • Follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to clean and dress the wounds, and attend follow-up appointments to monitor the healing progress.

It is important to note that pain levels can vary from person to person and different surgical procedures may have different recovery experiences. Open communication with your surgeon is crucial, as they can provide personalised guidance and additional pain management strategies specific to your case.

Do you have a question that we did not cover?

Contact a Patient Care Advisor on 1300 599 990 who will be able to answer any of your questions or concerns regarding Breast Surgery and Abdominoplasty Surgery with Dr Craig Rubinstein.

About Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is an experienced Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon for breast and abdominoplasty surgery.

Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised abdominoplasty surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery.


Next Steps in Your Surgical Journey

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • Download a Free Procedure Guide on your chosen surgery.
  • Visit the FAQs and read patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • For more information about pricing visit our cost page.
  • You can also talk to our Patient Care Team from 9 to 5 pm Monday to Friday on 1300 599 990

Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery

About Your First Consultation

  • Dr Rubinstein’s Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or specialist is essential.
  • A referral helps when claiming Medicare or Private Health Insurance coverage.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.