Most Commonly Asked Questions
Dr Norris is happy to answer any questions you may have at your consultation, however below we have put together a Q & A for some questions that are most commonly asked.
How much is a consultation at Form and Face?
Initial consult is $220 payable at the time of booking via credit card. With a referral you can claim a rebate of $73 from Medicare.
How long does my first consultation go for?
Approx. for any new cosmetic procedure consult is 1hr.
Do l need a GP referral?
You do not require a GP to see the Dr however if you have one it may benefit you with rebates on consults and surgeries.
How long is a wait to see a surgeon at Form and Face?
As Dr Norris consults more than once a week you should not normally wait more than 2 weeks for a consultation. Please explain if the appointment is urgent.
Can l smoke?
Smoking is a contraindication of surgery and is highly advised you stop smoking 2 weeks before and do not resume for 4 weeks after the operation. Smoking can cause poor scar formation, slow healing and increase swelling and bleeding post surgery.
Can you drink alcohol leading up to a surgery?
Alcohol can only affect your surgery if you drink heavily leading up to your surgical date. You are best to reduce all intact of alcohol until after your procedure.
Does Form and Face offer payment plans?
At Form & Face we offer a wide variety of payment options:
- Bank cheque
- Debit cards
- Credit cards
You may be able to seek funds & payment plans from third party providers, some of which specialise in medical financing.
When will l be able to resume exercising?
Form and Face recommends no exercise after any surgical procedure for 4-6 weeks. Gentle walking and socialising is recommended until your surgeon clears you for exercising.
Can l have a mammagram after having implants?
It is recommended to keep examining your breasts at home however if over the age of 50 it is recommended to seek advice from you local GP to refer you for an ultrasound +/- a mammogram. Yes you can have a mammogram however a good idea to inform your radiologists prior to examination.
Will I be able to breastfeed?
Yes, If you were able to breastfeed before having augmentation you will be able to breastfeed after. Most breast augmentation techniques are performed through the mammary fold which does not interfere with the milk ducts or nipples. You may have reduced or limited sensation of the nipple post surgery for up to 6 months. It may vary from patient to patient.
When will l need to replace my implants?
Generally implants should be examined after 10-15 yrs. However this does not mean you need them replaced. Like the saying ” If something isn’t broken, then there is no need to fix it’. Take that approach and self examine your breasts weekly and seek medical advice if you feel there is an issue.
Can my implants rupture?
Implant ruptures are rare but can occur. Some rupture through no fault of your own and some may rupture due to sever trauma to the area. Generally speaking ruptures are covered through warranty as the implant companies accept that not every product is made identically and therefore need to offer a replacement. Ruptures will not bring harm to your body but if present must be taken seriously, with further surgery required.
Will l get stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a breakdown or tear in your natural collagen. Think of it as an elastic band breaking. You can stretch the skin so far before it leaves permanantr damage. Strech marks are not predictable and are generally common in patients who request implants a little too large for the breast pocket. Stretch marks are permanent and can not be removed with any surgical technique.
When can l sunbake and go for a swim?
Heat causes swelling and can delay your healing therefore sunbaking is not advised until 6 weeks after surgery. Beach water or pool can contain bacteria which in turn with an open wound may cause an infection. Please refrain from swimming until all wounds are completely healed.
What can l use on my scars?
There are several types of scar managements the ones we would suggest are the following: Hirudoid cream, zinc cream, VIT E cream/oil, silicon scar gel sheeting, micropore tape, and bio oil.