Do you have a question about plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery encompasses a great deal of procedures and this can often be confusing for patients who are unaware of what they may want. If you have questions about our treatments, or want to know more about our practice, we encourage you to peruse our FAQs. If you can’t find the answer to you queries please call us on (03) 9591 0422 or contact us online.
Why choose a Plastic Surgeon to perform your surgery?
In Australia, any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, but only those that have completed at least a further 4 years of specialist surgical training in plastic surgery can call themselves a plastic surgeon.
Plastic surgeons are not only trained in cosmetic surgery, but also in reconstructive surgery such as burns care, wound and trauma repair, tumour removal and cancer reconstruction, correction of birth defects and acquired deformities, hand surgery, maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery, and microsurgery.
Plastic surgeons are certified as Specialists by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Medical Council, and Medicare Australia, and operate only in accredited medical facilities.
Dr Morgan is a fully qualified plastic surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic & reconstructive breast surgery, cosmetic & reconstructive facial surgery, and skin cancer management. In addition, he has undertaken further overseas training in breast and facial surgery in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada.
For more information, please visit the website of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons at www.plasticsurgery.org.au
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
Although not required, it is certainly recommended. Having a doctor’s referral will enable you to claim some of the cost of your consultation from Medicare. The best person to provide you with a referral is your regular GP – that way they can be kept informed of your progress with us. If you do not wish for them to know about your intentions, then that will always be respected.
Do I need private health insurance?
Private health insurance is strongly recommended for several reasons. Firstly, health funds will cover most, if not all, of the costs associated with the operating theatre and hospital stay for procedures that are not purely cosmetic in nature. It frequently surprises patients what procedures are covered by health insurance, even if they might consider them ‘cosmetic’. Examples include breast reduction surgery, breast lift, abdominoplasty and eyelid reduction surgery in certain situations.
Secondly, even if your initial procedure was purely cosmetic in nature, any complication that you develop that requires a return to the operating room will usually be covered by the health funds.
Having up to date and appropriate private health insurance can provide you with peace of mind and a safety net when contemplating any sort of surgery.
What are the fees for my procedure?
The fees for any surgical procedure comprise the surgical fee, the anaesthetic fee, and the costs associated with the operating theatre and the hospital. When you are considering a surgical procedure with Mr Morgan we will be able to provide you with a written quote outlining these costs. You should also discuss your intentions with your health fund to ensure that you have the level of cover you expect.
Occasionally, there will be additional costs associated with need for post-operative surgical garments or the presence of an assistant surgeon. Once again, these will all be outlined prior to you committing to any surgery.
Your surgical fee includes the fee for the operation, all post-operative visits in hospital, and follow-up visits in Mr Morgan’s office until you have fully healed.
How long do I need to wait for an appointment?
This will largely depend on what you wish to discuss with Mr Morgan and your availability.
Urgent matters are always seen promptly, usually within a few days. Cosmetic surgery appointments are often available within 2-3 weeks. Non-urgent appointments will always be given the earliest available time, but in some cases this may stretch out to several weeks.
How do I make an appointment?
Please call our office directly on 9591 0422 to make an appointment.
During this call we will ask the reason for your visit so that we can book the appointment for the appropriate length of consultation time. This enables us to keep to schedule so that neither you nor any other patients are kept waiting excessively – a feature of the practice of which we are very proud.
Once your appointment has been made we will forward to you a letter of confirmation, a registration form, and directions on where to find us.
What can I expect at my appointment?
To begin with you can expect a warm welcome and a short wait. If you have not filled in a registration form, it is advisable to arrive a few minutes early so that this can be completed.
During your consultation with Mr Morgan he will discuss with you your goals and expectations from surgery and will perform a physical examination to help determine the best course of action. He will then give you an honest and thorough assessment of your situation and advise you on what he thinks is the right choice for you. We aim to make this consultation both informative and relaxed, creating an environment that allows you to come to the decision that is right for you.
There will be no pressure for you to come to any firm decision at this time. Sometimes, a second consultation at a later date is recommended so that you have time to consider your choices. Please feel free to bring along a support person to your consultation if you feel that this will help.
Will I have scarring after surgery?
There is always scarring after any form of surgery that involves a cut in the skin. What is more important is how visible this scar remains after an appropriate period of time for wound healing.
Plastic surgeons are trained in how to place scars in order to minimise their visibility, and in how to accurately repair tissues so that the scars are as minimal as possible.
Unfortunately, the most important factors in scar quality are your own genetic make-up and the location of the scars. Some skin types, especially those of Asian or African origin, have a greater chance of forming a more significant scar. The front of the chest, shoulders, and the back are also areas that can more commonly result in scars. These risks will all be discussed with you at your appointment.
Is there any forms I need to fill out before my first appointment?
If you are a new patient, save time on your appointment and download and complete our registration form before your first visit.