Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

In Australia, any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, but only those that have completed at least a further four years of specialist surgical training in plastic surgery can call themselves a plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgeons are not only trained in cosmetic surgery, but also in reconstructive surgery such as burns care, wound and trauma repair, cancer reconstruction, and the correction of birth defects and acquired deformities.

Private health insurance is strongly recommended for several reasons. Having up to date and appropriate private health insurance can provide you with peace of mind and a safety net when contemplating any sort of surgery.

They may cover most, if not all, of the costs associated with the operating theatre and hospital stay for procedures that are not purely cosmetic in nature. Also, even if your initial procedure was purely cosmetic in nature, any complication that you develop that requires a return to the operating room will usually be covered by the health funds.

Dr Samuel Yang meets all his patients in person. He recognises the need to form rapport and build trust with patient. Dr Yang also knows how open and clear communication between him and his patients is crucial in order to reach full transparency and understanding of goals and expectations.

During your consultation, Dr Yang will then give you an honest and thorough assessment of your situation and advise you on what he thinks is the right choice for you. There will be no pressure for you to come to any firm decision at this time. We aim to make this consultation both informative and relaxed, creating an environment that allows you to come to the decision that is right for you.

There is always scarring after any form of surgery as it involves cutting the skin. What is more important is how visible this scar remains after an appropriate period of time for wound healing. This depends on your genetic disposition and the location of incision.

Plastic surgeons are trained in how to place scars in order to minimise their visibility, and in how to accurately repair tissues so that the scars are as minimal as possible. All risk and possible scar complications will be discussed at your consultation.

This depends on many factors including your current health and which procedure you undertook but as a rough guide, patients tend to be able to resume everyday activities approximately four to six weeks following surgery.

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is very personal and your reasons will be discussed during your consultations with Dr Yang. Depending on the procedure some individuals are not suitable for plastic surgery. This is because you are required to go under general anaesthetic for most plastic surgery, and as the procedures are invasive it’s important that we protect your overall wellbeing and health.

Dr Yang will go over this with you during your initial surgical consultation at her Perth location, to ensure there is nothing complicating your treatment such as fatal illnesses, a weakened immune system or unstable mental health.

After a breast lift surgery, your breasts will not be bigger or smaller, their appearance will be perkier. A breast lift changes your breast shape and position of your breasts, not your size, unless you ask to your surgeon to change the size of your breasts.

Breast reduction aims to improve the size and shape of your breasts. A breast reduction procedure involves cutting out the breast tissue and excess skin in order to reduce the volume of the breast. The main aim of the procedure is to have a fuller shape. If a patient wishes to fully lift up their breasts they might have to consider undergoing breast lift surgery.

Incisions are necessary for a breast lift procedure, as they aid in removing excess skin and treat drooping breasts. As a result, scarring becomes a factor which is involved in this kind of procedure. However, Dr Yang is highly trained and certified and ensures that he achieves the least degree of visible scarring as best he can. His technique and incision positioning will ensure that patients have less visible scarring as possible. Patients don’t need to worry as scar tissue tends to fade over time with proper care.

At Dr Samuel Yang’s practice, we want our patients to be as informed as possible. That’s why we have put together a list of the most commonly asked questions we get from our patients so that you can peruse these in your own time. If you have a question which is not addressed below, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly and knowledgeable staff on (07) 3257 7950 or click here to fill in our contact form.