FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a referral for my consultation?
For cosmetic procedures a medical referral is not essential. However, you may wish to obtain a GP referral so that you can involve your health fund, and/or facilitate refund of a portion of the consultation fee for procedures that attract a Medicare rebate.
For all reconstructive procedures, or skin cancers, a GP referral is required.
We encourage everyone under our care to involve their GP’s in their plans for cosmetic surgery, as this is always in the best interests of a patient.
How much do consultations cost?
A full consultation with Dr Farhadieh costs $250.
During this consultation, you can expect to have a full discussion about the intended procedure, with an opportunity for you to talk about what you expect to achieve from surgery. Dr Farhadieh will go through the procedure in detail, including recovery, timelines for resuming specific activities, and any risks involved.
We would be delighted to see you for as many pre-operative consultations as needed in order to help you make your decision about proceeding with surgery. For this reason, we only charge the one consultation fee.
Do you have special arrangements for interstate or overseas patients?
For interstate and overseas patients we can arrange a videophone (e.g. Skype, Facetime) consultation that suits any time difference. This costs $150 and needs to be paid in advance.
A phone/videophone ‘consultation’ is obviously not a replacement for a face-to-face consultation; a clinical examination is always needed prior to embarking on any surgery. However, this arrangement allows patients to decide if, how, and when they will travel to see us.
What about follow-up appointments if I’m travelling from interstate/overseas?
Dr Farhadieh will ensure arrangements are made so that you are close-by in the immediate post-operative period. For most procedures, you will be okay to travel after one week.
How do I arrange a consultation?
If I am interested in having surgery, where can I get more information?
Dr Farhadieh has arranged a comprehensive volume of very useful information for all our procedures to be catalogued on our website. They provide a great overview of procedures. Please look under ‘Procedures’.
You may also contact our Clinical Liaison, Yasamin: firstname.lastname@example.org. She normally responds to all emails within 24 hours, and is always delighted to answer any questions you may have.
Where does Dr Farhadieh operate?
Dr Farhadieh operates in both Sydney and Canberra. You are free to choose where to have your consultation, surgery, and follow-up appointments.
Sydney Hospital Privileges:
- Bondi Junction Private Hospital
- East Sydney Private Hospital
- Lakeview Private Hospital
- Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Institute
- Hurstville Private Hospital
Canberra Hospital Privileges:
- National Capital Hospital
- Canberra Private Hospital
- Calvary (Bruce & John James)
Does Dr Farhadieh perform the entire procedure?
Yes, absolutely. Dr Farhadieh may have an assistant for some procedures (e.g. to hold instruments etc.) but he performs the entire procedure himself, right up until the last suture.
How frequently do you follow-up patients?
We will be available during all stages of your journey. We schedule short, medium and long term follow up appointments as standard for all patients. Should the need arise, or should you wish to be seen more frequently, we will automatically increase the frequency of follow-up appointments. There is no fee for any follow-up appointments.
How do I have to pay for my surgery?
For all cosmetic procedures, surgical fees must be paid in full 3 weeks prior. Similarly, anaesthetic fees must be paid several days prior to surgery. Hospital fees can normally be paid on the day of admission to the hospital.
We do not offer payment plans.
Will my private health fund cover the costs of my cosmetic surgery?
There are some cosmetic procedures which are eligible for a ‘Medicare item number’. This means that if you fulfill the eligibility criteria for that procedure:
- you would receive a fixed rebate from Medicare
- should you have a top level of private health cover, you should find that most/all of your hospital costs are covered, minus your excess.
Whether or not your procedure and individual circumstances would qualify for an item number can only be determined once you have been seen and examined by Dr Farhadieh. The specifics of your eligibility for any health fund rebate are something you would need to discuss with your Private Health Fund. We are not able to discuss this on your behalf.