FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery with Dr Sackelariou
We have consolidated some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) 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.
How much will my surgery cost?
Dr Sackelariou and his team can offer you a price range for your chosen surgery. However, it will depend on the type of procedure, hospital and how long you want to stay in hospital.
At your initial consultation, we will give you a detailed quote, 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
For more details about fees, super for surgery and payment plan options, visit the Price page.
What can I expect at my first consultation?
At your first consultation with Dr Sackelariou you will typically:
- Review your medical history and find out what you want to achieve
- 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 for surgery
Virtual Consultations are also available.
How much is a consultation with Dr Sackelariou?
- A consultation with Dr Richard Sackelariou is $300.
Does surgery hurt? How much pain should I expect?
Every surgical procedure has associated discomfort, and everyone is different in how they experience pain.
Simply put yes. Plastic Surgery Procedures have a level of pain associated with them. However, pain should be well-managed by your surgeon and patient care team.
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.
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 Sackelariou’s approach to recovery is to do whatever he can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
Dr Sackelariou 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.
We provide post-surgery rapid recovery packs to our patients, the pack contains 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 affect 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 advice from your surgeon and support team and advise them before returning to exercise or other similar activities.
Which Hospital does Dr Richard Sackelariou operate from in Melbourne?
- Masada Private Hospital in Balaclava. (near Caulfield or East St Kilda)
What are the busy and best times of the year to have surgery?
Around the start of all the school holidays is a busy time. Many patients choose to have surgery pre and post-Xmas day to recover during the Summer Holidays. Others choose Easter Holiday breaks, mid-year breaks or September School Holidays.
Surgery, while the kids are at school, can reduce disruption to the family. February and November are usually the quietest months for surgery.
Some patients choose Winter months as a good time to have plastic surgery because you can hibernate and recover at home.
FAQs about age and suitability
Is there a minimum age for plastic or cosmetic surgery?
We prefer a minimum age of 18 years, although some younger patients can be operated on for corrective or reconstructive purposes. We are well aware of the difficult life faced by teenagers that are not considered to have “normal looks” by their peers – especially the consequences of being bullied at school. You are welcome to bring in your daughter or son for a talk about their future possibilities.
What is the maximum age for plastic surgery?
Many patients in their 50’s and 60’s ask whether they are too old for Plastic Surgery. The general answer is you are NOT too old for surgery if you are in good health, and we see many patients of different ages transforming their lives with face, body and breast surgery. We have had plastic surgery patients as old as 80. You’re never too old to look your best!
Do you have some other FAQs or concerns that we did not cover?
We happily answer FAQs – please contact a Patient Care Advisor on 1300 264 811 (Melbourne) or 1300 661 362 (Sydney) who will be able to answer any of your questions or concerns regarding neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation and other surgical procedures with Dr Richard Sackelariou