Your cosmetic & plastic surgery questions answered.
What are the clinic hours?
9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday
What payment methods do you accept?
Cash, eftpos, bank cheques and all major Credit Cards. Assistance with finance is available through independent finance companies.
Where are you located?
Our head office is located in the Norwest Business Park in Suite 413, 29-31 Lexington Drive Bella Vista NSW 2153.
Do I need a referral to see Dr Dona?
No. A referral is not necessary for cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentations. However, some consultations (eg. breast reductions, some breast lifts, tummy tucks) attract a rebate from medicare and/or your health fund so you may wish to consider bringing a referral form just in case.
How much does a personal consultation with Dr Dona cost?
$500 – at the time of making your appointment full payment is required. This is non-refundable. You will be sent a reminder the business day prior to your scheduled appointment.
Cosmetic surgical consultations with Dr Eddy Dona can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. During this time, your general medical history is established, your desires explored and a thorough assessment performed to establish and discuss the appropriate plans to achieve your goals.
We require a minimum of four weeks’ notice if you wish to cancel or reschedule your appointment otherwise a penalty may apply.
Is Dr Dona a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons?
Yes, Dr Eddy Dona is a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
What is the difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a “Cosmetic Surgeon”?
Once you make the personal decision to get cosmetic surgery, your first essential step is choosing a qualified surgeon.
The first thing to understand is that any doctor with a basic medical degree can call themselves a “Cosmetic Surgeon”. There are no specialist qualifications, skills, training or experience required to label oneself and indeed operate on patients as a “Cosmetic Surgeon”.
In contrast, a Plastic Surgeon is a doctor who has undergone some 8 to 12 years of additional extensive supervised specialist training beyond their basic medical degree. To finally achieve your specialist qualifications, the doctor then must pass comprehensive written and oral exams. Only after successfully completing such rigorous training does one achieve Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and government recognized “Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery” qualifications…
So what is the difference to the patients? Would you go on a flight where the pilot obtained his “qualifications” after doing a weekend pilots course, or on a flight where the pilot has spent many years of rigorous training before obtaining their qualifications?
How soon can I be seen?
To schedule a consultation please call us at 1300 373 662 or request a consultation through our website. Our staff will do our best to try and fit you in for a personal consultation with Dr Dona within 3 months.
Where should I park and is there a fee for parking?
There is ample free parking available on the office buildings grounds, on the street or nearby shopping complex.
Who is a good candidate for plastic surgery?
Anyone who is both physically and mentally healthy, who has a realistic expectation as to the outcome of the procedure can be a good candidate.
Are there risks involved with surgery?
Any type of surgery has a potential risk. It is important to discuss all risks and complications with Dr Dona in detail at the initial consultation.
Where is the surgery performed?
Dr Eddy Dona has operating privileges at a number of fully accredited hospitals or day surgery facilities where your surgery will be performed.
What If I have to cancel my surgery?
It is important to understand that operating time is extremely valuable and highly sought after. If you need to cancel your surgery it is essential you do so in writing and as soon as possible. A minimum notice of 4 weeks prior to your scheduled date of surgery needs to be provided to our office, as the closer to your procedure you cancel, the more difficult it is to offer this reserved space to another person. Not rescheduling and/or providing less than 4 weeks notice to our office potentially places you at risk of losing your surgical deposit fees.
Will there be any scarring?
Whenever there is an incision there will be a scar. A plastic surgeons job is to ensure the final scar is the best it possibly can be. A well placed incision that is sutured in a fine meticulous manner typically fades over time and are hardly noticeable. However, there is some unpredictability about how some scars heal and this will be discussed depending on the procedure you are having.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
No. Whether your surgery requires sedation or a full general anaesthetic, the patient will need someone to drive them home and stay with them for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Do I need to take medication after my surgery?
Painkillers and/or antibiotics are often prescribed after your surgery. You will be directed as to what medication you need to take. It is important you are comfortable after any surgery, so you are encouraged to take any pain relief medication as directed to make your overall experience considerably more comfortable.
Will I need to wear a surgical garment?
Following some surgical procedures, tight fitting surgical garments are used for comfort, to help reduce bruising and to control excessive swelling. If a garment is required this will be provided to you and Dr Dona will advise you if you on how long you need to wear it.
Is it safe to fly after my surgery?
There is an increased risk of developing blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) in the weeks following surgery. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be a potentially life threatening condition.
Due to this increased risk we advise you to avoid any lengthy flights in the first month following surgery. If you do resume flying we suggest the use of compression stockings, in-flight exercises and drinking plenty of water. After 2 weeks following your surgery, you may also use aspirin, as directed, before a flight to reduce the risk of blood clots.
What if something goes wrong or I’m not happy with the result?
If you are not happy with the outcome it is important that you voice your concern at the first available opportunity. Your concerns will be taken seriously and without prejudice.
If you require another operation to correct a problem, all attempts will be made to minimise your out of pocket expenses.
When can I get back to normal activities?
This really depends on what kind of surgery you’ve had.
As a general rule, you’ll be advised to avoid exercise for the first two weeks after surgery. You will be able to gradually resume activity, and by six weeks following your surgery you should be back to your normal level of exercise.
This does not mean that your operation site is completely settled or the final result is achieved.