FAQs about Cosmetic and 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 the hospital as well as some other factors. 

At your initial consultation, you will receive a detailed quote, for your chosen procedure. This will include a surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, surgical assistant fee and hospital fees. An approximate out-of-pocket expense for your 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, 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 surgery it can be manageable if you follow your surgeon’s recommendations.

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Where to Start

Achieving the body image you want is not always as easy as having a procedure, it is often just part of the journey. It is also important to ensure you are well aware of what each procedure involves, and whether or not it is the treatment for you. Do your research, read the website pages and look at the Before and After Photo Gallery or Download a Guide

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 takes 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, so they can recover during the Summer Holidays. Others choose Easter Holiday breaks, mid-year break 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 the Winter months as a good time to have plastic surgery because they 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


About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive  Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.

Dr Sackelariou is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks, breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lift procedures.

He is particularly known for his signature surgeries – neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.

Patients love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.

What’s Next

Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou in Melbourne or Sydney. A caring discussion with a Plastic Surgeon about all your options can really help. The best thing is to start with a phone enquiry and consider having a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou. Try the Free Nose Simulation Tool.


If you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery then Dr Richard Sackelariou is the specialist plastic surgeon for you.

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Dr Sackelariou can assist you in achieving your desired body image, helping restore you to a more youthful and confident self.

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