Decision Making

Decision Making in Plastic Surgery

The decision to undergo body contouring surgery is not made on the spur of the moment for most patients.

It only comes after a great deal of thought and deliberation on the patient’s behalf.

Typically, it will also involve extensive preparation before embarking on a surgical body contouring procedure.  This includes planning the sequence of surgeries (staring with whatever bothers you the most or whatever makes sense to place in Stage 1 of your body contouring procedures) AND getting your body to a maintainable, ideal weight or BMI for best surgical results.

cosmetic surgery after weight loss

Body contouring surgery after Weight Loss and Gastric Bypass Surgery can really change your quality of life.

In addition to enhancing your physical appearance, you will typically enjoy a wider range of physical activities and social confidence including stronger body-confidence and overall appearance self-esteem.

If you are thinking about undergoing plastic or cosmetic surgery, send us an enquiry, so we can provide you with the information that you need to make a fully-informed decision. One of the key things to know is the difference between a Plastic Surgeon (a protected title that requires extensive training and experience) and a Cosmetic Surgeon (which nearly any medical doctor in Australia can use despite a lack of advanced surgery training).

Deciding on a Plastic Surgeon

The decision to surgical procedures should not be made without considerable thought. You need to consider the benefits you might gain as well as the common risks of the procedure, some of which are common and frequent and some of which are serious but more rare.

It is important to understand that ANY and ALL surgical procedures have risks, including complications, some of which are commonly experienced by patients. You want to make a fully informed decision on the surgery AND your choice of Plastic Surgeon.

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Undergoing Plastic Surgery is a very important decision.

For cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, it is imperative to select a qualified specialist plastic surgeon who has done the rigorous post-graduate satisfying the requirements of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery thus gaining the Fellowship of that college (F.R.A.C.S).

Also, you should make sure that you choose a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable, and who gives you the time and attention you deserve.

In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (F.R.A.C.S.), look for a Plastic Surgeon who is also a Member of:

  • Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS); and/or
  • Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS); and/or
  • International Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (Am. ASPS or ASPS-USA); and/or
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS); and/or
  • International Society of Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (IPRAS).

Deciding Which Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery Procedure Is Right for You after Significant Weight Loss – What order is best?

Frustrated Overweight Woman Measuring Waist In Bathroom

Some individuals have specific goals which they want to address and know exactly which surgical procedure they desire OR which order of different procedures they will embark upon.

Sometimes procedures can also be combined.

Others may wish to explore a range of possibilities for enhancement that include skin tightening, redundant skin removal, abdominal hernia or split abdominal muscle repair, or facial and body rejuvenation and scar minimisation using lasers, skin peels or dermal injections.