Before, During and After Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to Your Booking: FAQ

How much is it for surgery?

All Plastic Surgery provided by Artiste is bespoke and Dr Jack Zoumaras has created various options for each procedure that sets our clinic apart. For example eyelid surgery can vary from $2000 to $8000 for the surgical fee, depending upon extent of surgery.

How much for a consultation?

Consultations with our Plastic Surgeons and Dr Jack Zoumaras’ are $350 for up to an hour. This includes a detailed analysis of what you want and presentation of various solutions and recommendations. Information packs including FAQ, estimates and post operative journey are given.

 Do you offer payment plans?

Artiste does not have any payment plans. We are happy to accept pre-payment for surgery in installments leading up to surgery (akin to lay-by). 

  Does Dr Jack Zoumaras do No-Gap surgery?

Dr Jack Zoumaras occasionally does No-Gap surgery for insured patients for reconstructive surgery only. Not for plastic or cosmetic surgery. This is assessed on a case by case basis where there is extenuating circumstances.

   Can you send before / after photos?

We cannot send before and after photos as this represents a privacy issue for our existing patients. Most of our patients would rather not have photos displayed on the website. A larger selection of before and afters will be shown to you during the consultation.

       What if I am considering more than one procedure, can I ask for both during consult? (Eg. Rhino and breast augmentation)

  • You are encouraged to ask about more procedures during the consultation should you desire. However, bear in mind the consultation is for up to an hour and if more time is required it is important to attend a follow up to outline everything in greater detail.

What hospitals does Dr Zoumaras operate from?

Artiste Plastic Surgery and Dr Jack Zoumaras operate out of various day surgery units in Sydney and major private hospitals. The following are some of the hospitals: North Shore Day, North Shore Private, St Lukes, East Sydney Private and Norwest

   How soon after the consultation can I have the surgery?

For cosmetic surgery there is a cooling off period of 10 days. Surgery can be performed after two weeks if necessary, but logistically occurs up to 6 weeks later due to waiting times.

 

After Your Consult: FAQ 

        When do I have to pay my account?

Consultation fee can be paid by Cash, EFTPOS, credit card (including AMEX) on the day.

A deposit to secure a surgery date is required and full payment prior to surgery is expected. Payment can be made by direct debit, credit card or cash.

     How many times do I have to come back after surgery?

This depends on what procedue you have. You are required to attend at week one for wound review, removal of sutures and depending on your procedure a week 2 or 3 and then 6 weeks followed by 3, 6 and 12 months for photography.

How long should I take off work?

For Face procedures 7-14 days are recommended. see the following:

  • Platinum or Gold Facelift or Neck lift 10-14 days
  • Silver Facelift 7-10 days
  • Bronze or Mini facelift 7 days
  • Brow lift 2-7 days
  • Eyelid Surgery 7-10 days
  • Rhinoplasty 5-7 days
  • Chin or cheek implants 2-4 days

For breast procedures up to one week is recommended, see the following:

  • Breast Augmentation 1-3 days
  • Breast Lift 1-3 days
  • Breast Reduction 3-5 days
  • Breast implant exchange or revision 2-4 days
  • Nipple surgery 1 day

For body procedures up two weeks is recommended, see the following

  • Chin or cheek implants 2-4 days
  • Liposuction 1-7 days
  • Tummy Tuck 14 days
  • Brazilian Buttock Lift 7-14 days
  • Thigh lift 7-10 days
  • Body lift 14 days
  • Labiaplasty 4-7 days

 

How much is the hospital stay?

Hospital stay is covered by a health fund if there is a medicare item number and you have health insurance. Otherwise a hospital fee is required to be paid by the patient to the hospital to cover the surgical bed and hospital stay.

Procedures that have a Medicare item number depending on circumstances and indications as follows*

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Reduction

Procedures such as Breast Augmentation, Facelift and liposuction do not have item numbers.

The cost of the hospital will be estimated for you prior to obtaining a formal quote from the hospital. Hospitals bill by the hour or procedure type, and the following are estimates

One hour of surgery: $1500-$2000

Two hours of surgery: $2500-3000

Three hours of surgery: $3000-4000 (includes one night)

Four hours of surgery: $4200-5000 (includes one night)

Five hours and beyond: $5000 + and beyond (includes one night)

Additional nights in a hospital are $1000 approximately

 

Estimated time of common procedures:

Facelift: 2-6 hours

Rhinoplasty: 3-4 hours

Eyelid Surgery:1-2 hours

Breast Augmentation: 1 hour

Breast Reduction or Lift or Mastopexy Augmentation: 2-3 hours

Abdominoplasty: 3 hours

Liposuction: 1-2 hours

Brazilian Buttock lift: 2 hours

 

    How much is the anaesthetist?

Anaesthetists bill by the hour and vary between $500-550 per hour

 

    How long is expected for recovery?

Recovery depends on the surgery, your co-morbidity’s and the individual. As a general rule breast augmentation and reduction surgery are rapid recovery surgeries where your able to do most things after a few days. A facelift will take two weeks for swelling and bruising to subside but you feel better after 3 days.

 

      Will I have scars?

All incisions heal like any wound and form fine scars. Dr Jack Zoumaras ensures that your incisions are closed meticulously so once healed the scars will be fine line, hidden in creases and be unnoticeable.

Scars for breast implants and breast surgery are under the breast fold or around the nipple-areolar. A tummy tuck scar is hidden low in your brief line and scars during a facelift are hidden within the ear and hairline.

 

After Surgery Is Booked: FAQ –

    Do I have to stop any medications before surgery?

Blood thinners need to be stopped prior to surgery and over the counter medicatoons that thin the blood also. Examples of blood thinners are Aspirin, Xarelto, Eliquis, Warfarin, St Johns wart, fish oils. The stopping of blood thinners prior to surgery is a risk balance scenario that will be discussed with Dr Jack Zoumaras and treating cardiologist if necessary.

When will hospital / anaesthetist contact me for payment?

The hospital will call to confirm the surgery and logistic arrangements of arrival time and what to bring the day before surgery. The hospital will expect payment on the day of surgery. A estimate will be provided prior to this.

Anaesthetists will contact the patient about arrangements the day before. Some anaesthetist expect payment prior to the procedure and others after.

What can I claim through Medicare / Private Health Fund?

If a medicare item number is indicated for your procedure then you can claim the Medicare rebate and private health rebate after the procedure is completed and you have paid the full cost of the procedue. As a specialist practice we do not bulk bill or provide gap cover, so you are expected to pay for the procedure in full and then claim your rebate after surgery. A rebate is also possible for the anaesthetic fee if your procedure has an item number.

  Do I get my own room if I stay overnight?

This depends on the private hospital used but generally speaking all of our patients have a private room when staying overnight.

 How long will I be bed-bound after surgery?

This depends on your surgery.

If you have a face or breast procedure you are encouraged to sit out of bed and mobilise on the same day. This also applies to liposuction and brazilian buttock lift. For a thigh lift or tummy tuck you are encouraged to sit out of bed on day 1 and then mobilise thereafter.

Mobilsing results in a faster recovery.

  Can I claim anaesthetist fee?

Yes is there is a medicare item number for your procedure then you may claim the anaesthetic fee also.

After Surgery: FAQ 

Can I have a shower after surgery?

You may shower from day 2 post any surgery on the face, breast and body. A water proof dressing will be applied or you will be instructed to not soak the dressing on water.

 How soon after surgery are sutures removed?

For face procedures, sutures are removed between 5-7 days

For breast and body procedures sutures are removed at 10-14 days

 What painkillers can I have? / Can I have a script for painkillers?

The anaesthetist will discuss your expectations and pain management regime before and after the procedure. Strong pain relief as required will be prescribed for you as well as anti-nausea agents.

 I have to change my dressings, what do I use?

If you have to change your dressings, clear instructions will be given. The first dressing change will be at Artiste Plastic Surgery.

 Can I have a Doctors Certificate for work / study?

Yes this will be provided to you at your request. Any personal information about the procedure will not be disclosed.

   When can I start wearing cosmetics / make up?

You can start wearing facial make up after the first dressing change at one week.

If you have had a rhinoplasty or eyelid surgery alone, then you may apply facial make up from the first day except for the nose and eye