Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the more common questions we are asked.

This combined breast surgery procedure is also known as augmentation mastopexy, and aims to raise, enlarge and firm the breasts. During this procedure, implants are inserted beneath the breast tissue and excess skin is removed to tighten and reshape and contour the surrounding area. The size of the breast implant used and the amount of skin removed will depend on how large you’d like your breasts to be, the elasticity of your skin, and your overall body shape.

Breast augmentations and lifts are highly individualised procedures, as everyone has a different body type and end goals in mind. Because of this, not everyone is a suitable candidate and it will depend on what treatment is best suited for you. For example, although breasts can be lifted regardless of size, larger and heavier breasts tend to achieve results that are not as long-lasting. Similarly, smokers are more at risk of complications from surgery and are not suitable candidates.

Ideal candidates are those who are physically healthy, have realistic expectations, and have breasts which are sagging or misshapen or have experienced loss of firmness.

Immediately following surgery, you will have bandages and dressings applied to your treatment area, as well as be given a specialised supportive bra to contain swelling as you heal.

You will require to rest adequately for a few days – including time of work, no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. You will most likely be able to return to work within 2 weeks and resume your normal routine within 6 weeks. Our Gold Coast Plastic Surgery team will provide you with clear post-operative care instructions to help you maximise your recovery and see you results as soon as possible.

When it comes to the abdomen, the flab can be caused by an accumulation of fat, poor skin elasticity, excess skin and the stretching of the inner connective tissue and muscles. A tummy tuck can remove loose, excess skin and fat and strengthen those inner muscles. It can also remove stretchmarks and excess skin within the lower abdomen area below the belly button.

A tummy tuck might be for you if you have any of the following:

  • Excess skin that’s accumulated around the area of your bellybutton
  • A weak lower abdominal wall
  • Liposuction didn’t adequately improve the appearance of your abdomen
  • You previously had a C-section and have retracted scarring

If you’ve previously had a C-section, your plastic surgeon might be able to incorporate your existing C-section scar into your tummy tuck scar.

A tummy tuck can also be done in combination with other body contouring cosmetic procedures, such as breast surgery.

Once you have emerged from the recovery period (expect 6-8 weeks) and healed completely you are likely to notice a flatter and more toned abdominal area. All of the fat and skin that you were struggling to be rid of previously will be gone and as long as you maintain your weight with a balanced diet and regular exercise, the tummy tuck will provide long-lasting results.

The implants used today come in either a round or teardrop shape. The teardrop shaped implants have been designed to create a more natural, mature appearance; however, in the unlikely event that they become displaced and turn within the breast pocket, it could cause distortion in breast shape. Round implants placed in a submuscular position can achieve the same result without the possibility of breast distortion. During your consultation, your surgeon will review the different breast implant shapes available and your aesthetic goals to help you determine which implant style is most suitable for you.

Most surgeons recommend breast implant replacement instead of implant removal as implant removal surgery is more complicated than a replacement procedure, with greater risk of bleeding and infection. For some women, though, breast implant removal is the preferred option. Women who suffer from autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, MS, and lupus may be especially sensitive to substances found in implants, such as silicone.

If you decide to have your breast implants removed, then it is imperative that you choose a professional surgeon who is experienced in breast implant revision surgery. Removing implants is more complicated than the initial breast augmentation and it takes an especially skilled doctor to be able to perform a cosmetically satisfactory breast implant removal.

Generally, the procedure to replace or remove breast implants is more comfortable than the initial breast augmentation with a relatively quick recovery period. However, the amount of postoperative discomfort depends largely on whether the scar tissue is removed along with the implant. Patients can usually return to their normal activities within a few days. The breasts are likely to feel sore for some time after the replacement, similar to the postoperative sensation experienced following the initial breast augmentation.

In the past, a tummy tuck was one of the more painful operations that plastic surgeons performed, especially when repair of the muscles was required. Over recent, the development of some new ways of controlling pain has helped this situation a lot.

The first is pain pumps – that push a local anaesthetic through a small tube and into the area of surgery. These were very helpful and many surgeons still use them, though it does require a tube coming out of the skin.

There is also the development of a long-lasting local anaesthetic which can give significant pain control for up to 3 days, and it doesn’t require a tube. Good pain control obviously makes the recovery less difficult and also means that less narcotic pain medicine is required; reducing the chance of a reaction to the medication. It may also make the surgery even safer by allowing patients to move around more easily and to be more active.

This depends on a number of factors and to what level of recovery you mean. If you aren’t in need of muscle repaired, then your surgery will likely be easier and quicker. Most patients having a full tummy tuck (with muscle repair) can generally drive a car within a week, depending on their pain level. Many patients can work remotely from home after only a few days, although they won’t feel like going in to work for maybe 2-3 weeks after. Light exercise can also be started by this time as well. By 6-8 weeks, most patients would consider themselves fully or nearly fully recovered, although the nerves will continue to heal, the scar will continue to fade, and the swelling will continue to go down for several months.

Anyone, male or female, who has loose skin of the abdomen that they want to have a smoother, flatter, tighter contour would be a good candidate. Many people have been successful at weight loss, either by diet and exercise, or are post-pregnancy and are looking for an improvement in how they look. Smokers and people with higher BMIs are not ideal candidates for a tummy tuck, but if they reduce their risk factors, such as quitting smoking or losing some weight then they can be.

As soon as you give birth, your body will begin changing and during the first week you are likely to lose 1 – 2 kilograms of just water weight alone due to increased perspiration and urination. Breastfeeding will also add to your weight loss, burning an extra 300 – 500 calories a day. For the first two weeks after giving birth (sometimes longer) your belly will look quite baggy because it needed to expand to accommodate your baby and now no longer needs to be that stretched. Some moms are unfortunately unable to be rid of the excess skin which leaves them feeling unhappy with their appearance and unable to remove it through any other form but surgery.

At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, we offer a package deal to mums who are at their ideal weight and who are done having kids. This package has been created to target the areas that women most commonly have trouble with post-pregnancy.

A Mummy Makeover is custom tailored according to each individual’s needs but typically includes:

  • Breast lift (commonly combined with breast implants)
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy tuck

Together, these different procedures can help you tackle your problem areas and get you feeling and looking like a yummy mummy.

A surgeon is someone who is qualified to perform invasive surgical procedures. They have studied specialist surgery for a minimum of five years and have at least twelve years of total medical and surgical education. Surgeons are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) or equivalent, and have undergone intensive training to perform invasive surgical procedures. A FRACS (Plast) member has studied and trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for a minimum of five years after medical school.

Doctors with only a MBBS (bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery) degree are not surgeons. They are not trained for invasive surgical procedures. However in Australia surgically unqualified doctors are also allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. To ensure your surgeon is fully qualified and has extensive surgical training, patients should make sure their surgeon is a FRACS.

Dr Doyle is an internationally renowned, fully qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (F.R.A.C.S, F.R.C.S, M.B.B.S) specialising in cosmetic surgery with over 26 years’ experience in all areas. He is a member of multiple societies which include the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr Doyle regularly attends international meetings and workshops in Australia, America and Europe to keep updated on the latest surgical techniques and innovations.

A consultation with Dr Doyle is $185. If you have a referral from your GP you will be able to claim $70 back from Medicare. During this consultation you will be given comprehensive information regarding the procedure you are interested in and a quote for the surgical fees. This consultation will last about 1 hour (20mins with Dr Doyle and 40 mins with a registered nurse) and your medical history will be reviewed and assessed. You may also have some photographs taken.

All patients need a minimum of 10 days following the initial consultation and consent process before they can book a procedure. We don’t want to rush our patients into a procedure, preferring to allow them to book in when they are confident and at the best time for them. We understand our clients have time schedules and we try and fit in as best we can.

If you have your fund details with you on the day of your initial consultation we can work out if you will be covered. Although you may think that some procedures are purely cosmetic there is quite often a medicare item number which if applicable would entitle you to a rebate. Some procedures are covered by health funds – the rules are always changing and it is best to speak with our staff to see if your procedure is covered by your health fund.

Within one week from the date of your surgery.

When you have made the decision to go ahead with a surgical procedure with Dr Doyle and you have received your quote, the next step is to choose a date & fill in admission forms for hospital. This can be done online by completing their online admission form or there is paperwork that can be filled out at reception. Once this has been done, the hospital can get your chart ready and know when to expect you. Photos are taken pre-operatively in our rooms & consent forms are signed. A 10% payment of Dr Doyle’s fee is required at time of booking a theatre day (to hold your position) with full payment for Dr Doyle required 2 weeks prior to surgery day. Anaesthetic and hospital fees are to be paid one week prior to surgery.

Most procedures can be performed as day surgery so there is no need for an overnight hospital stay

There is no fee for review consultations as long as your GP referral is still current.

A body lift involves a number of procedures and for this reason, it is quite difficult to predict exactly how much down time you will need. You should plan to take around one month off work and try to take it easy for the next few months after that. Obliviously cutting and removing excess skin is quite traumatic and you will need to ensure that your sutures are protected and infection avoided. This period should take about 6 – 8 weeks of avoiding any serious complications. From about three months after the operation, you will be able to resume more strenuous activities but you are likely to have swelling and scar tissues for at least six months after the procedure.

Patients who have significant soft tissue looseness in one or more areas of their body are suitable for the body lift procedure. Other suitable candidates involved those who are commited to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper fitness and nutrition and who are non-smokers. Once you have lost your significant amount of body weight, it should remain off for at least six months not only to ensure that you will maintain your new healthy lifestyle but also to get a good idea of just how much excess skin will need to be removed. It is also vital that you have realistic expectations of how you want your body to look. Women who are still considering pregnancy should wait until afterwards to have a body lift.

Once you are prepped for surgery, you will be given a general anaesthetic so that you are asleep for the whole procedure. It can also be performed under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation. Your doctor will recommend the best option for you.

Once you are sedated, the incisions will be made and the excess skin will be removed. The remaining skin will then be repositioned into its new position. The belly button may also have to be repositioned just depending on your case. After all of this, the incisions will be closed with sutures and dressing will be applied along with small drainage tubes to remove any excess blood or fluid that may collect

There is a range of implants that we can use here at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery. The majority of implants used are silicone and are either round or teardrop (anatomical) in shape. Often in consultation it will be discussed and agreed upon as to the best implant for the look that you are after.

This is very dependent on the type of surgery you are having. Please look in your specific procedure type for this information.

Yes we are able to do Skype consultations. Call our office for more information on this.

The longevity of a facelift is completely patient specific and also depends on the quality of the skin, skincare routine and lifestyle of each individual. All follow up cosmetic procedures may increase the lifespan of your facelift and the extent of your youthful appearance.

It may take up to a year to fully recover from swelling and bruising as well as get full sensation back. Generally you are able to go back to your regular routine in as little as 2 weeks with specific restrictions set by your surgeon decreasing over time.

The effects of a facelift are concentrated to the bottom part of the face tightening and lifting the area around the mouth and jaw. Wrinkles in the upper part of the face may need additional cosmetic treatment such as fillers, laser treatment or injectable.

It is impossible to perform a surgery of the same nature as a facelift without leaving any scars however a highly trained plastic surgeon has the skill to perform the surgery such that they are not obviously recognisable scars and it can easily become less visible over time.

A facelift is an invasive surgical procedure that comes with the normal risks of surgery which include bleeding, scarring , asymmetry, loss of hair at the incision site and nerve damage. The occurrence of these incidents are rare.

En Bloc Breast Implant Removal is a technique used by Dr Doyle in which the breast implant and its surrounding scar tissue (capsule) is removed in one piece. This type of implant removal requires removing the capsule with the implant still inside to allow your body to heal naturally.

Once Dr Doyle has taken your breast implants out, your breasts will initially look deflated.  It can take anywhere from two to three weeks for the breasts to regain their volume. If, however, you have opted for a breast lift after removal, your breasts won’t have a ‘caved in’ appearance.

After you have healed, your breasts unfortunately will not look the same as before you had the original breast implant surgery.  This result is because the weight of the breast implants stretch the tissue and causes changes in the rib area.

With a total capsulectomy surgery, the capsule is removed from the breast and the breast implant is then reinserted back into the breast pocket (or completely replaced). An En Bloc Breast Implant removal however, includes removal of both the total capsule and the implant contained inside the capsule. Sometimes En Bloc removal includes a small cuff of breast tissue that may have become hardened or inflamed over time.