Dr Mistry Explains: Body Procedure Consultation

Body Procedures

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Frequently Asked Questions

The decision to explore body procedures is a personal and significant one that requires thorough evaluation. Assessing if you’re a suitable candidate for these procedures involves various factors. Your overall health, grounded expectations, specific concerns that you wish to address, weight stability, and considerations following pregnancy are all important aspects that come under review during this assessment.

However, the most crucial step in this process is a detailed consultation with a recognised healthcare professional proficient in these procedures. They can guide you through these considerations and provide tailored advice based on your specific circumstances and needs. This will ensure you can make a well-informed decision that aligns with your personal objectives.

Embarking on body procedures signifies a highly personal journey that typically involves a variety of surgical interventions. Procedures such as abdominoplasty, fat removal procedures, and various breast surgeries can be part of this plan. The primary objective is to address physical changes that may have occurred as a result of various life experiences.

Every plan is tailored to accommodate the distinct requirements and objectives of each individual. It’s essential to engage in a thorough conversation with a certified healthcare professional proficient in these procedures. This will help you understand the specifics of each intervention, discuss their suitability for you, and set realistic expectations.

It’s crucial to remember that outcomes can significantly vary based on individual factors, and every surgical procedure carries intrinsic risks. Hence, making an informed decision is of utmost importance.

Recovery after body procedures involves pain, swelling, and activity restrictions for several weeks. You will wear compression garments, have follow-up appointments, and take care of scars. A complete recovery can take several weeks or months. Follow your surgeon’s instructions for the best results.

Understanding the difference between cosmetic surgery vs. plastic and reconstructive surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a medical specialty that primarily focuses on enhancing a patient’s appearance. It is associated with aesthetic goals aimed at improving or altering physical features to achieve a more pleasing look. 

Cosmetic surgery procedures are entirely elective, and they are not typically covered by Medicare or private health funds. In most cases, patients pay for cosmetic surgeries out of their own pockets.

One important distinction to note is that cosmetic surgery is not associated with the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) in Australia, and as a result, there are no corresponding MBS item numbers or codes for these procedures. Therefore, individuals who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery can expect to bear the full cost of the procedure. Surgical costs include (but are not limited to): 

  • Fee for surgeon
  • Fee for anaesthetist
  • Fee for theatre

Plastic and reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is a medical specialty that is primarily concerned with restoring or improving the aesthetic and function of the body. 

These procedures often involve addressing congenital abnormalities, trauma-related injuries, or medical conditions that affect a person’s appearance or bodily functions. Importantly, many plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures may qualify for coverage by private health fund providers.

In Australia, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures are typically associated with MBS item numbers. If the criteria specified in the MBS guidelines are met, private health fund providers may partially cover the cost of these procedures. This means that patients who meet the necessary requirements under their insurance policy can benefit from reduced out-of-pocket expenses when undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Surgeries such as Abdominoplasty for example can be both a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.