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Knowing the difference between a specialist plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon
Although many people believe that the terms “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” and “Cosmetic Surgeon” have the same meaning, there is a distinct difference between the two terms. Specialist Plastic Surgeons are accredited by a governing body, they have extensive training and are approved by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and administered by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Inc (ASPS). If a Specialist Plastic Surgeon has the letters “FRACS” or Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon, then they are accredited to perform invasive cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
On the other hand a Cosmetic Surgeon may just be a general practitioner with just a 5-year Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery. The lack of training and qualification can be potentially life threatening and risky.
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Things to consider before plastic surgery
Cosmetic treatments or cosmetic surgery may seem like a good option if you want to change your appearance. But before you start looking for a doctor for any cosmetic procedure, think about why you want cosmetic surgery and what you expect from it.
Discuss the options with your surgeon, and do not proceed until you are certain both you and your surgeon are on the same page about expectations and results that can be safely achieved.
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What you should consider before having surgery overseas
It is estimated that 15,000 Australians travel overseas every year to have procedures performed. While it may seem like a prudent decision in terms of budget or even the ability to combine a holiday and surgery to make the most of time off work, it’s essential that you consider all aspects and make an informed and safe decision.
Any type of plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty, is potentially a life changing surgery, and in order to safeguard your health it is crucial to select the right surgeon.
Asking the correct questions will provide you with valuable information regarding the skills and overall competence of the surgeon. This list of questions will assist you in your decision. Always ensure that all your doubts are addressed before proceeding with the surgery.
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Anaesthesia is an important part of surgery as it helps alleviate the pain experienced during a surgical procedure. There are three types of anaesthesia: General anaesthesia wherein the patient is completely unconscious; Regional anaesthesia which is applied to a certain part of the body; Local anaesthesia which is administered to smaller regions of the body. The choice of anesthetic will be discussed during the consultation and confirmed by the anaesthetist on the day of surgery.
With the exception of local anesthetic only, all other types of anaesthesia are performed and monitored by a dedicated specialist anaesthetist who will also provide you with a customised post-operative pain relief medicine regime, to ensure your recovery is comfortable and as pain free as possible. Your wellbeing and comfort are our highest priority.
Pain After surgery
After plastic surgery, many patients may experience pain and discomfort, especially in the first week. Pain can impact their day-to-day activities and the extent and degree of pain you feel after any plastic surgery procedure depends on multiple factors.
The type of procedure you undergo, your pain threshold, the use of local anaesthetic during the procedure and even your age can have an influence.
List of accredited facilities used for hospital admission:
109 Albert Street,
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
Warringal Private Hospital
216 Burgundy Street
Heidelberg, VIC 3084
Stonnington Day Surgery
Level 1, 253 Wattletree Rd Malvern, VIC 3144
St Vincent’s Hospital East Melbourne
159 Grey Street East Melbourne, VIC 3002
Northpark Private Hospital
Corner Plenty & Greenhills Roads Bundoora, VIC 3083
A major surgery is performed in fully accredited medical facilities adhering to the highest standards of patient safety.
Our staff are fully trained and knowledgeable in the required best practices. The entire team is committed to ensuring your comfort and will provide full support on every stage of your treatement.
Why Choose Rodrigo
When Dr Rodrigo witnessed his first plastic surgery operation as a trainee doctor in Brazil, something clicked – he knew immediately that it was his calling to be a plastic surgeon.
The training was hard but the results were rewarding – from repairing a cleft lip to restoring a smile, Dr Rodrigo learnt the ropes, always providing the highest standards of quality care and service to every patient.
Today, Dr Rodrigo is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne who is known for the refined, natural-looking results he achieves. He has a keen interest in Aesthetic Surgery, Rhinoplasty and Facial Surgery and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).
Internationally, he is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
As a member of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr Rodrigo Teixeira adheres to strict guidelines governing medical practice and advertising. Our fee structure for medical treatments also follows the recommended guidelines set out by the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Cosmetic surgery fees may be out of the scope of those guidelines and generally, take into account the complexity and duration of the treatment, as well as the surgeon’s level of experience and reputation.