Plastic Surgery in Miranda
Miranda: (02) 8544 3270
Plastic Surgery in Concord
Concord: (02) 8544 3270
Plastic Surgery in Borwal
Southern Highlands (Bowral): (02) 4861 6698

Plastic Surgery - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to bring a doctor's referral to see Dr Safvat?

You need to have a referral for consultation to be eligible for rebates from Medicare. Dr Safvat also prefers to have a referral from your General Practitioner (GP) as this provides us with your medical history.

Dr Safvat will correspond with your primary care physician or GP to keep them informed of your treatment(s) and keep your medical records and health history up-to-date.

Is there anything else I need to bring to my appointment?

Please bring any relevant blood tests and x-rays/scans. Don't forget your Medicare and Private Health Insurance cards!

How long is my consultation?

Initial consultations are between thirty and sixty minutes depending on the nature of your procedure. Initial cosmetic consultations are longer - between forty-five and sixty minutes - to ensure adequate time for Dr Safvat to elicit accurately your concerns and goals, discuss in detail what is achievable, and different options and techniques available to you. For cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr Safvat offers a second consultation prior to the procedure free of charge. This is to make sure all questions are thoroughly answered and patients are clear about recovery and management plans.

Post-operative consultations are about fifteen minutes and are free of charge. It is important to state the nature of your consult with Dr Safvat when booking your appointment so that our staff can allocate enough time for your appointment. We respect our patient's time and try to stagger bookings to minimise waiting time.

Is Dr Safvat a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?

Yes, Dr Safvat is a highly qualified Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and is also a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) which is the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia.

What is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?

A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a registered title conferred by the Australian Medical Council and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). It can only be used by accredited plastic surgeons who have completed their training under the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Fellows of this college (FRACS Plast) are thoroughly trained and qualified to perform invasive cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in public and private hospitals, as well as accredited day surgeries.

In Australia, the National Medical Board states that the Specialist Plastic Surgeon title can only be used by Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in the recognised speciality of Plastic Surgery.

What is the difference between a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?

Currently in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery. Specialist Plastic Surgeons, on the other hand, have extensive surgical education and training in order to gain registration as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. They must satisfactorily complete and obtain a Fellowship of the College of Surgeons in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Doctors that receive this fellowship have undergone a gruelling process of initial selection and subsequent supervised training under the guidance of the National Training Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. The surgical specialist pathway includes a minimum of twelve years medical and surgical education with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.

This is in contrast with the title Cosmetic Surgeon which is not recognised as a specialist by the Medical Board and does not necessarily guarantee that the practitioner has gained adequate surgical training. Cosmetic Surgeons often were not able to get into plastic surgery training or found the training in Australia too difficult. There are no specialist qualifications, skills, training, or experience required to label oneself and indeed operate on patients as a "Cosmetic Surgeon". All surgical procedures carry risk but you can reduce the risks and chance of complications by consulting a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is highly trained, qualified, and accredited to perform plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgery.

Will my procedure be performed in your room or at a hospital?

Some minor procedures can be performed in the procedure rooms of our surgery using local anaesthetic. For your safety and comfort, other more complex procedures that require general anaesthetic or sedation will be performed in one of several accredited private hospitals that Dr Safvat has operating rights.

There are some procedures that you may go home on the same day as your operation, whereas for major procedures a hospital stay will be required. Be wary of doctors who offer to do complex procedures in their rooms which are not Accredited Day Surgeries or Hospitals. Often, they are not accredited specialist surgeons and cannot obtain rights and privileges to operate at Accredited Day Surgery Centres or Hospitals.

In which hospital will my operation be performed?

Dr Safvat performs procedures under sedation (twilight) or general anaesthetic at the following fully accredited Private Hospitals:

- Sydney Private Hospital
- Kareena Private Hospital
- President Private Hospital
- Southern Highlands Private Hospital

He also has operating privileges at several other fully accredited hospitals such as St George Private Hospital, Strathfield Private Hospital, Concord Private Hospital, and Sydney Southwest Private hospital.

Do I have to stop smoking before my operation?

Smoking affects wound healing and Dr Safvat strongly advises - and for some procedures, insists - his patients stop smoking at least 4 weeks before surgery and to continue to do so for 1 to 2 weeks post-operatively to improve wound healing.

Is it safe to fly after my operation?

This depends on your operation and the length of your flight. After most minor operations it will be alright to fly. However, in the few weeks following a major operation, there is an increased risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots) which can be a potentially life-threatening condition. Dr Safvat advises avoiding any lengthy flights in the first month following major surgery.

If you must fly then wearing compression stockings, regular in-flight leg exercises, and drinking plenty of water is strongly recommended.

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