Questions about Plastic Surgery and Procedures by Dr Michael Kernohan Plastic Surgeon
A. Initial consultation (includes a follow-up) $350 (inc GST).
A. Patients Initial consultation $320, follow-up review $220. Pensioners Consultations Initial consultation $250, follow-up review $150. You may be able to claim a medicare rebate of around $70 for some non cosmetic consultations.
A. All patients now require a medical referral (preferably from your GP) to see a plastic surgeon for a consultation for cosmetic surgery. A Medical Referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a referral from a Specialist is valid for 3 months. Find out how to get a medical referral – and what it need to contain.
A. Dr Kernohan or your plastic surgeon at Pure Visgae will consult with you about your case and discuss your treatment options. Your options may include a biopsy, a small procedure in the rooms under a local anaesthetic, or admitting you into the hospital for a larger procedure. He can perform an urgent biopsy if he deems it appropriate, but will usually arrange another appointment for any treatment.
A. Your health fund will only come into effect when you are admitted as an in-patient in the hospital. They do not pay for outpatient appointments/procedures. You will need to qualify for a medicare item number and have a valid medicare referral.
A. Usually yes, unless it is a procedure involving your eyes. The procedure is done using local anaesthetic, meaning you will not be asleep and there are no reasons for you to be unable to drive.
According to new Medical Board / AHPRA Guidelines, you will need to have a minimum of 2 consultations and a 7 day ‘cooling-off period’ before having cosmetic surgery (Surgery without a medicar item number)