Frequently Asked Questions
When planning a Plastic Surgery procedure, it’s normal to have questions. We want to ensure that you feel safe and fully informed as you embark on your CosMediTour journey—that’s why we’ve compiled this list of FAQs. Below you will find our most frequently asked questions. From the Plastic Surgery age limit to payment plans and deposits, we cover the lot. Use this as a base for your own research, and don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s something we’ve missed.
CAN I SEE SOME COSMEDITOUR RESULTS?
Yes, we have an extensive collection of real Before & After photos in our Before & After gallery.
DO I NEED A GP REFERRAL FOR PLASTIC SURGERY IN AUSTRALIA?
Yes, any clients undergoing Plastic Surgery in Australia will be required to provide a GP Referral to their Plastic Surgeon.
CAN I HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY IF I’M PREGNANT?
CosMediTour will not provide you with a quote or a Surgical Recommendation if you’re currently pregnant. Instead, we recommend clients only proceed with their online assessment:
- Once you have ceased breastfeeding, OR
- If you are not breast feeding, at least 6-months after giving birth
For client safety:
- Clients must 6 months post lactation prior to their surgery date
- Clients seeking abdominal procedures such as Tummy Tuck or Mummy Makeovers need to be at least 12-months postpartum to undergo their surgery.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURES IN AUSTRALIA?
You must be 18+ years old to have Plastic Surgery with CosMediTour.
WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS LIKE?
Your CosMediTour process begins with a free online assessment. This can be conducted in the comfort of your own home and is the best way to receive your obligation-free quote and tailored Surgical Recommendation.
You will be required to have two consultations with your Surgeon before your surgery date can be confirmed. One of these consultations must be in person, the other can be over the phone or via video call. Your second consultation will need to be at least seven days prior to your preferred surgery date.
After your second consultation, your surgery dates will be confirmed. You will of course receive ongoing support from your personal Client Manager every step of the way.
DO I NEED TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
To get your journey started, we just require a service fee of $1,000. This enables us to secure and arrange for payment of your two pre-surgery consultations. Under Medical Guidelines, we can’t confirm your surgery date until seven days after you’ve completed your second consultation and given informed consent. However, to assist with your planning we can certainly notify your Surgeon of your preferred dates and tentatively hold one or more suitable dates.
In accordance with our Cancellation & Amendment Policy, the holding fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. However, in certain circumstances, it may be used for another CosMediTour or CosMediSmile service that takes place within 24 months from the date of the initial holding fee payment.
WHEN WILL MY FACE TO FACE CONSULTATION TAKE PLACE?
In line with current Medical Guidelines:
Clients must attend two consultations, one of which must be face to face.
Your second consultation must take place at least 7-days prior to your surgery date.
After the second consultation, your surgery date can be confirmed.
During your consultations, the surgeon will give to you details of the final surgical treatment plan, an evaluation of whether or not you should proceed with the surgery, and any other medical or health advice which the surgeon deems suitable.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION/ REFUND POLICY?
Please refer to our Cancellation Policy for Plastic Surgery on the Gold Coast and our Sydney Plastic Surgery procedures. Here you’ll find important information on Deposits, Surgeon Fees, Finance, Changes, Cancellations, Refunds, and information about COVID-19.
If you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our Client Support Team on 1300 000 633.
DO I NEED SOMEONE WITH ME FOR MY PROCEDURE?
All CosMediTour clients having surgery in Australia are required to have a companion or support person with them to discharge them from the hospital. This person must also stay the night with the client post-surgery. If you’re struggling to find a support person, or prefer to go alone, please speak to your Client Manager.
CAN I GET A REFUND ON MY PROCEDURE OR IS IT COVERED BY A WARRANTY?
For those having a Breast Surgery with Breast Implants, your Package includes either Mentor or Motiva Breast Implants. Both brands provide their own warranty. For Breast Augmentation patients only, there is an additional Revision Warranty available, which can be purchased at the hospital.
Our Surgery Travel Warranty is only applicable to clients having surgery in Thailand, and information about refunds can be found in our Cancellation Policy.
If you would like further information on Warranties, please speak to our Client Support Team by phoning 1300 000 633.
Preparing for a Gold Coast Breast Augmentation? Looking into Rhinoplasty in Sydney? Whatever the procedure, we want you to feel safe, confident, and fully informed as you prepare for your CosMediTour Plastic Surgery. Scroll down the page to find our most frequently asked questions about Australian Plastic Surgery. If you’ve got a question that we haven’t covered, contact us so that we can help you out.
WHY ARE THERE RISKS INVOLVED WITH MY PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURE?
There are potential risks and complications to consider with all forms of surgery. Our Plastic Surgeons do everything in their control to reduce the chance of these happening, but there are also things you can do to significantly reduce your chances too. These include giving up nicotine and drug use (smoking, vaping and marijuana) at least 6 weeks before and after your procedure; avoiding alcohol 2 weeks before you come into hospital; and ensuring that you’re fit, healthy, and a suitable weight for surgery. To find out more, please consult our blog, call us on 1300 000 633, and speak to your GP.
WILL MY SURGICAL PROCEDURE BE PAINFUL?
All CosMediTour plastic surgery procedures are conducted under general anaesthetic. This means that, no matter what procedure you’re having, you’ll be in a sleep-like state and won’t feel anything for the duration of the surgery. After your procedure, it’s normal to experience mild, moderate, and, sometimes, severe pain or discomfort—all clients feel pain differently, so it’s hard to predict what your experience will be. Pain relief medication will be prescribed by your Plastic Surgeon as required and your symptoms will lessen every day. In most cases, pain will subside completely 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN SURGERY?
The length of your surgery will depend on the type of Plastic Surgery procedure you’re having. CosMediTour procedures typically range from 1 to 5 hours, however specific timings will depend on the techniques needed to perform your unique procedure. Your Surgeon will advise you of this during consultations. For more information, please refer to our Procedure FAQs (available in the menu drop-down) or contact our Client Support team on 1300 000 633.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT RESTRICTION FOR PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURES?
While there isn’t a specific weight (numerical value) for Plastic Surgery procedures in Australia, our Surgeons recommend being within a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) for your own health and safety. To ensure optimal results, it’s best that you’re at your goal weight prior to surgery. If you experience weight fluctuations after your Plastic Surgery procedure, you may compromise the quality of your results.
WHY CAN’T I DRINK ALCOHOL BEFORE & AFTER SURGERY?
To ensure a safe and successful Plastic Surgery procedure, our Surgeons ask that clients refrain from drinking 2 weeks before and for at least 2 weeks after surgery. Alcohol is a blood thinner. Drinking around your surgery date will increase your risk of excess bleeding, swelling, and bruising, ultimately slowing down your recovery process.
DO I NEED TO GIVE UP SMOKING/VAPING BEFORE MY PROCEDURE?
Yes. Smoking restricts blood flow and increases your risk of infection, skin loss, and poor circulation. Clients who smoke or vape prior to their procedure heal slower, experience increased scarring and risk accelerated skin aging, a loss of skin elasticity, blood clots, difficulty breathing, and an increased chance of capsular contracture (if undergoing Breast Surgery). Necrosis, the disfiguring and sometimes fatal premature death of cells and tissues, is also a complication associated with smoking or vaping pre- and post-surgery.
To undergo surgery with CosMediTour, our Plastic Surgeons require you to give up all types of smoking and vaping for at least 6 weeks before and after your procedure.
CAN MARIJUANA/CANNABIS USE IMPACT MY SURGERY?
Yes. Just as nicotine can have negative impacts on your surgery and results, so too can marijuana/cannabis use. Clients who use cannabis often need higher doses of anaesthesia to become sedated and to stay unconscious. This can extend recovery time and increase the risk of complications after surgery. Clients who inhale marijuana are also more likely to have increased phlegm on or around the lungs and cough and wheeze more. This increases the risk of respiratory infections–not something you want to be dealing with while recovering from surgery.
To undergo surgery with CosMediTour, our Plastic Surgeons require you to give up marijuana/cannabis use at least 6 weeks before and after your procedure.
CAN I EXERCISE AFTER SURGERY?
You will be able to exercise after your Plastic Surgery procedure but be prepared for some initial downtime. In most cases, clients can resume light exercises 2 weeks after surgery (walking, assisted stair climbs etc). This timeframe will vary depending on the complexity of your surgery and your personal healing rate. Your Surgeon will provide you with tailored advice about your specific recovery timeframe.
To ensure optimal results, it’s important that you do not reintroduce strenuous activity for at least 6 weeks post-surgery, or until your Surgeon advises it’s safe to do so. This includes lifting anything over 5kgs (weights, children, etc.). Swimming must also be avoided during this time—it’s vital that you let your incision sites heal completely before submerging them in water. For more information, please refer to the specific FAQs relating to your procedure or contact our Client Support Team.
I’VE HAD MY PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURE – CAN I SWIM NOW?
Not straight away, no. Swimming, bathing, time spent in the spa or sauna, and other extended exposure to water or steam must be avoided for at least 6 weeks. Your Surgeon will monitor your recovery closely and advise when it’s safe for you to swim again.
Exposing your suture sites to water early can slow down your recovery rate and increase your chances of infection and permanent, visible scarring. Initially after your procedure, your suture sites will be porous—if they do get wet, be sure dry them completely and change your dressings. To reduce the chance of this happening because of steam, shower in lukewarm or cold water in the first few weeks.
CAN I TAN BEFORE SURGERY?
All CosMediTour Surgeons ask that you avoid tanning (fake or sun) before surgery—fake and spray tans can increase your risk of infection and skin tanned by the sun becomes more sensitive, leading to increased inflammation, risk of bleeding, and poor healing. For the best results, avoid tanning for at least 2 to 3 weeks prior to your procedure date and for at least 3 months afterwards. Excess sun exposure, particularly to your incision sites, can dry out the skin. This permanently ages it and can lead to darker scars.
CAN I KEEP MY MICROBLADING/COSMETIC TATTOO BOOKING?
No – please refrain from getting any kind of tattoo before your plastic surgery procedure. Tattoos and eyebrow microblading can increase your risk of infection and, ultimately, impact your results. If you have a regular microblading or cosmetic tattoo booking, please speak to your Client Manager and your Plastic Surgeon about how long you will need to delay this appointment around your procedure date.
IS IT OK TO GET A TATTOO BEFORE SURGERY?
As is the case with cosmetic tattoos and eyebrow microblading, standard tattoos can also increase your risk of infection. Avoid getting a tattoo of any kind before your procedure and, for optimal results, wait a few months afterwards so that your body can have a chance to heal. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise when it’s safe for you to get a tattoo based on your recovery progress.
I’VE HEARD I NEED TO REMOVE MY FAKE NAILS, HAIR EXTENSIONS & PIERCINGS – WHY?
During your Plastic Surgery procedure, your medical team will need at least 1 natural nail free for heart monitoring—polish and fake nails prevent the clip-on device from getting an accurate reading. Some hospitals require all nails to be free from polish and acrylic/gel nails as part of their policy. It’s a good idea to phone ahead and check on the specific rules for the hospital that your procedure will take place in.
Similarly, hair extensions (metal fastening and clip-on) and piercings must be removed. These items can interfere with the equipment used in the operating theatre and, in the case of piercings, can fall out and get lost in transit. If you need help removing your piercings, or placing them back in after surgery, a nurse will be able to assist you.
IS IT OK TO SHAVE BEFORE MY SURGERY?
As a general rule, it’s best if you do all your necessary hair removal at least 4 to 7 days before your surgery. This is because the micro-abrasions caused by waxing/shaving can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Shaving or waxing too close to your procedure date will significantly increase the chance of infection spreading to your surgical site.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DYE MY HAIR BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY?
If you regularly colour your hair and are concerned about regrowth during recovery, dye your hair at least 1 week before your procedure date. Some procedures required you to keep your arms below shoulder height for at least 5 days. Others limit you to sponge baths only in the first few days after surgery. Dying your hair a week out from surgery will ensure your locks look fresh and you wounds stay protected from excess water, product/chemicals, and a higher chance of infection.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET MY PERIOD ON SURGERY DAY?
There’s no need to worry if your menstrual cycle aligns with your scheduled Plastic Surgery date. In most cases, Surgeons can perform your procedure regardless of your period—just wear a tampon or pad as you normally would. Occasionally, Surgeons will prefer to schedule your procedure around your menstrual cycle—this depends on the specific procedure you’re having and your health history (excess blood loss may need to be limited). Be sure to speak to your Surgeon and Client Manager about this prior to booking your procedure so that you’re all on the same page.
If you are due to have your period, but it hasn’t come, it may be due to the stress of anticipating your surgery. This is normal, however it’s still best to let your Surgeon know—if your cycle is disrupted due to pregnancy, your plastic surgery will need to be postponed.
CAN I HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY WHILE BREASTFEEDING?
No—because your procedure must be performed under general anaesthetic, you’re required to be at least 6-months post breastfeeding. Please only proceed with your free online assessment once you have ceased breastfeeding your children.
WILL I HAVE TO FAST BEFORE SURGERY?
Your Surgeon will provide you with tailored instructions that you need to follow to ensure a smooth surgical experience. Not all procedures require you to fast. Check your Final Treatment Plan document to see if you need to fast before your procedure—there you will find details on what time you need to cease eating and drinking based on your scheduled surgery time.
WHAT WILL SURGERY DAY LOOK LIKE FOR ME?
On the day of your Plastic Surgery procedure, you will get up and follow the instructions your Surgeon has specified on your Final Treatment Plan. Your allocated support person will then drive you to the hospital, where you will need to complete your admission paperwork and some mandatory pre-surgical tests (blood pressure, heart rate, height, weight, and anything else specified on your Treatment Plan). You will then meet with your Surgeon before being prepared for theatre. General anaesthetic will be administered by an Anaesthetist, and you will have a team of nursing and medical staff accompany you to the operating room.
Once your procedure is finished, you will be transferred to Recovery, where your medical team will monitor you as you wake from the anaesthetic. You will then be moved to your hospital room before being discharged—this is usually on the same day however the exact amount of time will depend on the complexity of your procedure and your rate of recovery afterwards. You will need to be collected from the hospital by your allocated support person. You can then return home, or to your hotel (if you’re not local) to rest and recover.
WILL THERE BE A LOT OF PAPERWORK BEFORE SURGERY?
There are a few forms you need to complete before you have your Plastic Surgery procedure. These include our Client Information forms and your hospital admission paperwork. Your Surgeon may also ask you to complete some forms, however these will be discussed during your consultations. You will receive more information about the paperwork we need you to complete once you have received your Surgery Recommendation. To start your CosMediTour journey, click here.
CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT HOW MY SURGERY WILL UNFOLD?
Every Plastic Surgery procedure is different, but you can use this as a guide for how it will unfold:
- Arrive at hospital and complete required paperwork
- Change into a gown/surgical underwear
- Remove any jewellery, glasses, or contacts that you forgot to leave at home
- Have vitals checked by a nurse and a cannula placed in your arm for medicines and fluids
- Meet with your Surgeon/medical team so they can mark out your procedure on your body
- Get wheeled to theatre on a stretcher
- Meet the rest of your medical team
- Have general anaesthetic administered by your Anaesthetist (via your cannula or a mask)
- Wake in the recovery room to find nurse monitoring your vital signs
- Clear your lungs by taking deep breaths
- Let the nurse know if you’re feeling nauseas—medications can be adjusted as require
- Return to your hospital room to eat and await discharge
- Your support person can join you at this time
The key to a successful Plastic Surgery procedure is the amount of trust you have in your Plastic Surgeon. As you approach your surgery date, we want to make sure that you feel safe, supported, and confident in your Surgeon and their abilities. To learn all about the Plastic Surgeons we work with at CosMediTour, scroll through our list of frequently asked questions below. If you’ve got an FAQ we’ve missed, please feel free to contact us.
HOW QUALIFIED WILL MY PLASTIC SURGEON BE?
In Australia, Plastic Surgeons are required to complete a minimum of 5 years postgraduate study in addition to their original MBBS degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery). In total, they have at least 12 years of specialised medical and surgical education—on graduating, they become a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and are accredited as Surgeons by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).
HOW MANY PLASTIC SURGEONS DO YOU PARTNER WITH?
We work with numerous Plastic Surgeons across Gold Coast, Sydney, and internationally. Our Surgeons are renowned for their skills and expertise and work out of state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics. Our Client Support Team will recommend the most suitable Plastic Surgeon for your specific procedure based on the information you provide in your online assessment.
CAN I HAVE A CONSULTATION WITH MY SURGEON BEFORE I COMPLETE THE FREE ASSESSMENT?
No—our assessment process must be completed first to ensure that you are eligible for surgery. To start your CosMediTour journey, complete your Free Assessment online to receive an obligation-free recommendation and quote.
Each year, millions of clients have plastic surgery procedures in Australian hospitals. There are numerous state-of-the-art facilities on the Gold Coast and in Sydney and we’re fortunate to partner with the best of the best of them. As you prepare for your CosMediTour procedure, we want you to feel safe and confident in your decision to have surgery with us. Learn more about our hospitals by reading the FAQs below, then contact us if there’s anything we’ve missed.
WHERE ARE COSMEDITOUR’S PARTNER HOSPITALS?
We partner with a range of private, accredited hospitals on the Gold Coast and in Sydney. Our hospitals are known for their use of world-class technologies, state-of-the-art surgical equipment and facilities, and the highest standards of patient care. To find out more about our partner hospitals, click here.
WILL I NEED TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL LONG?
Most plastic surgery procedures are considered Day Surgery in Australia. Typically, clients can return home 2 to 3 hours after they wake from anaesthetic. In some cases, a short hospital stay will be required (usually no more than 2 to 3 days). This depends on the type of procedure, its complexity, and how well you recover after the surgery. Your Plastic Surgeon will be able to give you an indication of the time you can expect to spend in hospital during your consultations.
WHY DO I NEED AN OVERNIGHT BAG FOR THE HOSPITAL?
Even though most plastic surgery procedures are considered Day Surgery, it’s always best to be overprepared when it comes to your hospital bag. Be sure to pack the following essential items so that you’re not caught off guard: your phone; ID; a small amount of cash (for snacks and the hospital pharmacy); mobile devices and their chargers (for entertainment); toiletries; pyjamas and bed socks; a clean change of clothes and underwear (loose fitting and easy to get on and off); your regular medications, if you have any; a book; and your post-surgery support garments.
For more information on what to pack, please refer to our Go-To Surgery Packing List.
WILL I GET MY OWN HOSPITAL ROOM?
Your CosMediTour plastic surgery package includes private hospital stay in your own room. Find out more about all the hospital options available to you by clicking through to learn about our hospitals or phoning our Client Support Team on 1300 000 633.
HOW WILL I GET TO AND FROM THE HOSPITAL?
You will need a dedicated support person to drive you to and from hospital. This person will also need to stay with you overnight after your procedure to ensure you’re safe as you begin recovery. Once your Surgery Recommendation has been confirmed, your Client Manager will ask for details on your support person so that they can let the hospital know.
The recovery process is an important part of every plastic surgery procedure. If you’d like to know what your CosMediTour recovery will look like, this is a great place to start. On this page you’ll find our most frequently asked questions to help you navigate that time when you’re awaiting your spectacular results. If you’ve got an FAQ we haven’t answered, please contact us, or take a look at our other Plastic Surgery FAQs here.
HOW MUCH PAIN WILL I BE IN AFTER MY PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURE?
All clients experience pain differently. In saying that, mild to moderate pain, and even severe discomfort, can be normal after plastic surgery procedures. Your symptoms will lessen every day but be mindful that they can take up to 2 weeks to go completely—that’s why it’s important to give yourself time and headspace to rest during recovery. Pain medication will be prescribed to you by your Plastic Surgeon, and icepacks can also be used to help with any swelling or discomfort. If you’re concerned about pain after surgery, speak to your Surgeon during your consultation. They are experts in all things plastic surgery and recovery and will be able to provide you with tailored advice.
WILL I RECOVER QUICKLY?
There are a lot of factors that impact your rate of recovery after surgery. These include the complexity of your procedure, your age and body physiology, the amount of rest and sleep you get, your nutrition and hydration, and how well you follow your Surgeon’s post-surgery advice. Be mindful that every client heals at a different rate—while your Plastic Surgeon will be able to give you an indication of your recovery timeframe, this will be a guide only.
WHAT WILL MY POST-SURGERY SUPPORT GARMENT DO AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
Post-surgery support garments reduce swelling and promote healing. By wearing a compression-style garment after your procedure, you will speed up your recovery time and ensure that the area that’s been operated on doesn’t move too much initially (which could negatively impact your results). Clients are required to wear a post-surgery support garment after most plastic surgery procedures, often for at least 6 weeks. Your Surgeon will advise you on the best type of garment to buy for your recovery, and how long you’ll need to wear it for.
CAN MY RECOVERY TAKE PLACE AT HOME?
Yes, as long as you’ve been discharged from hospital and cleared to travel, if you need to do so. CosMediTour clients can also recuperate in on of our luxurious partner hotels or resorts. You can find more information about these accommodation options here or by speaking to your Client Manager. Regardless of where you choose to complete your recovery, you will need a dedicated support person to stay with you overnight when you first get discharged from hospital.
WILL I SEE MY SURGEON DURING RECOVERY?
Your Surgeon and your CosMediTour Client Manager will monitor your recovery journey closely. Before your get discharged from hospital, your Plastic Surgeon and their medical team will visit you to ensure that it’s safe for you to leave. If you have fluid drains in, you will need to return to hospital to have these removed a few days after your procedure. A few weeks into your recovery journey, you’ll have a Post-Surgery Consultation with your Surgeon. During this appointment, they will check your incision sites and make sure that your results are settling properly while you heal.
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