What is plastic surgery?
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
Contrary to its name, plastic surgery does not involve the use of plastic during surgery. The word plastic is taken from a Greek word that simply means ‘moulding’ or ‘giving form’. Plastic surgery generally can be divided into two types
- Reconstructive Surgery – surgery to improve function or minimise disfigurement that has occurred as a result of an accident, disease or birth defect
- Aesthetic or Cosmetic Surgery – designed to improve a person’s appearance by reshaping facial or bodily features
Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff are bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records.
Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Patients seen for cosmetic and elective surgery do not need a referral to make an appointment.
However, if you see Dr. De Torres for a reconstructive problem, you may need a referral for Medicare rebate. It is best to check with your insurance company directly before making an appointment.
What should I expect during first visit?
The best and only way to find out if cosmetic surgery is right for you, is to consult Dr. De Torres, who will listen to your need, and examine you and provide you with educated advice. Dr. De Torres can tell you what you need to know about the procedure you are interested in, or recommend another to meet your needs and goals.
During your initial visit, the doctor will explain the specific procedure you want, help you visualise the results and go over the risks. Although complications are rare, all surgeries, especially those that involve anaesthesia, carry some risks. Dr. De Torres will outline these for you based on the specific procedure.