Whether the surgery you are contemplating is cosmetic surgery or reconstructive plastic surgery, it is very important to fully understand what the surgery involves and the expected recovery time following the surgery. Although most cosmetic surgery has a very high patient satisfaction, it is real surgery and complications can occur, and it is important to understand that all procedures have both benefits and potential risks.
At your initial consultation in our Sydney clinic, which will take 30-45 minutes, the surgery is explained, and you will be shown photographs of patients who have had similar surgery in Sydney. You will also be given written information sheets on the surgery that you are considering. It is important that you carefully read the information sheets, and write down any questions so that they can be discussed at the next consultation.
Bringing someone with you to the consultation eg your partner or a friend is a good way to remember as much information as possible, and you can discuss it with them later. You can also ask to speak to other patients who have had similar surgery.
Following the initial surgery consultation another consultation is normally made 10-14 days later to discuss any further questions you may have. If you are unsure of your options, then Dr Cope will encourage you to seek a second opinion, and is happy to suggest other reputable surgeons for these opinions.
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