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3 things you need to know before booking a cosmetic procedure

2 months, 2 weeks ago

Considering going under the knife (or needle)? Deciding to get surgery to enhance the way you look is a big decision. You can make the process less nerve-racking by doing some research and being well prepared for your consultation. (A procedure like this should be individualised, tailored for you and you alone!) 

Here are some of our tips; 

  1. Do your research! 

Before committing to a surgeon, do your research. Start with finding several recommendations and opinions. Once you’ve found one that you like, you should book a consultation and meet your provider first. Treat a procedure like this the same as you would any other serious medical treatment and ensure you can communicate with the provider about your concerns and outcomes.  

  1. Know who you’re looking for 

One thing to note is that there is a difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. Although both do cosmetic work, they have different qualifications. A plastic surgeon is a true specialist, having undergone extensive, regulated additional training after obtaining their medical degree.  They are registered as a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and have the letters FRACS after their name. These are the practitioners you want to be looking for if you’re thinking about reconstructive surgery such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks and rhinoplasty as they have years of experience in the field. 

Cosmetic surgeons/physicians are usually general practitioners who may undertake varying degrees of training that are not as comprehensive or well regulated. Please know that this additional training isn’t mandatory. There are still great cosmetic surgeons available who can do a number of procedures – but ensure you research into their qualifications and previous experience. 

  1. Know the full costs 

As it is an elective surgery, be prepared to pay the full out of pocket costs, as the majority of cosmetic procedures are not covered by Medicare or private health insurance policies. Ensure that you discuss with your provider exactly what the costs are going to be, especially if it is for invasive surgery which will involve hospital costs and anaesthetist’s fees. You have the right to know what your total out of pocket expenses will be and your provider should openly communicate this to avoid any nasty surprises. 


Thinking about cosmetic surgery? It’s important to obtain second opinions, get to know your doctor and weigh up all your options. TENDER Healthcare helps you to receive numerous offers for care from Providers, allowing you to openly communicate about fees and expertise.