02 4002 4150
How do I get a consultation?

Telephone Avery on 4002 4150 to discuss Dr Avery’s availability for the consultation and the cost. Consultations can only be booked over the telephone due to the changing nature of Dr Avery’s calendar.

When can I be seen for a consultation?

There is generally a 3-6 week wait for a consultation with Dr Avery, although at times, earlier slots can become available. If your concern is urgent, please let our team know and Dr Avery will do his best to accommodate you.

How long is a cosmetic consultation?

Approximately 30 minutes with Dr Avery. Then, allow time to meet with our Practice Manager to talk through cost and available dates for surgery.

How many consultations do I need prior to cosmetic surgery?

You are able to book your surgery after your first consultation. If you still have questions after the first consultation, you can book a second consultation. Once the surgery is booked, a pre-operative consultation is included to finalise your personalised surgical journey.

Do I need a referral?

Some operations are considered to be a medically indicated; therefore a rebate might be available from Medicare Australia. If you are going to claim any rebates from Medicare or your private health fund, for your consultation or surgery, you will need a referral from your GP or Specialist.

Can I see pictures of Dr Avery’s previous work?

Yes, please click here to see our gallery of Dr Avery’s previous work.

Dr Avery has extensive experience performing surgery and as we take our patients’ privacy very seriously, we do not display our full gallery online. All patients with photographs in the gallery have provided written consent.

We will ask you for a few details before providing you access to our gallery for confidentiality reasons.

Will private health insurance cover some costs?

If the procedure is medically indicated, and there is a Medicare item number that is appropriate for the procedure, and your private health insurance policy covers the allocated item number, some or all of your costs will be covered. For a comprehensive price guide a detailed description, outlining costs that your health insurance or Medicare may or may not cover, please download our guide, here.

Self Funded - Aesthetic Surgery

Commonly referred to as cosmetic surgery, this is an elective surgery which means you have chosen to have surgery because you want to change a specific physical attribute, it is not necessarily something that is of medical concern and therefore, these surgeries do not receive rebates from your health insurance or medicare as they are considered something you have chosen to do.

Health Insured - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

This category of surgeries are considered by Medicare to be medically indicated and a Medicare item number is provided to denote this. The allocation of a Medicare item number means that if you have the required level of health insurance, your hospital stay will be covered

by your insurance. You will also receive a rebate for Dr Avery’s fee and the anaesthetist’s fee.

Self Funded - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Being a self-insured patient means that you have elected not to have private health insurance and you cover the costs of your health requirements yourself. This category differs from self-funded aesthetic surgery, as this category stipulates that your procedure is medically indicated by Medicare. Similar to being health insured, you will receive a rebate from Medicare for payments made to cover Dr Avery’s fees and the anaesthetist fees. However, you are responsible for paying the hospital fees, and we will provide you with an estimate of all anticipated fees before you book your surgery.

Are there any pre-operative instructions?

If you proceed with any surgery, we will supply you with extensive pre-operative instructions. Things that are including can be a simple as what to bring; such as pyjama’s, toiletries etc. There will also be instructions on pain relief and wound management, tailored for your procedure.

If you have any questions before your surgery, please do not hesitate to contact us on 02 4002 4150.

Do I need a pre-operative assessment?

Before proceeding with any surgery, a second consultation will be needed with Dr Avery and following this will be a pre-operative assessment from the private hospital, this is usually a phone call.

On the day of the surgery, you will also have a consultation with the anaesthetist. If required, a consultation with the anaesthetist prior to the day of surgery can be arranged.

When can I be discharged from the hospital?

It depends on the surgery you are having and if you have any underlying health concerns. Minor surgeries will generally involve a ‘day stay’ only without an overnight stay in the hospital. More significant surgeries will generally require a 1 to 7-night stay, depending on the procedure.

When is my first post-operative appointment?

This will depend on the surgery that has been performed. Generally 7 to 10 days after the surgery.

When am I able to resume regular exercise?

This will depend on the surgery that has been performed. This will be noted in your post-operative instructions and discussed at your pre-operative appointment.

Why should I choose a plastic surgeon for my cosmetic surgery?

Currently, in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery. The title ‘cosmetic surgeon’ therefore is not indicative of certain qualifications as someone with the same qualifications as a General Practitioner can call themselves a ‘cosmetic surgeon’. The Australian Medical Council does not recognise ‘cosmetic surgeons’ as a medical specialty or accreditation.

A specialist plastic surgeon is a Commonwealth Government accredited plastic surgeon, trained and qualified to perform invasive reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery in public and private hospitals, and accredited day surgeries.

Plastic surgeons undergo extensive medical education and training to be accredited. The surgical specialist pathway includes a minimum of 12 years of medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.

The Medical Board of Australia states that the 'specialist plastic surgeon title can only be used by FRACS approved specialist surgeons in the recognised specialty of plastic surgery.

There can be a big difference when it comes to the qualifications and training for Cosmetic Surgeons.

The Medical Board of Australia states that the 'specialist plastic surgeon' title can only be used by Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) approved specialist surgeons in the recognised specialty of Plastic Surgery.

If you would like to read more about choosing a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon, read our article here.

Will Medicare cover my surgery?

At Avery, the surgeries we offer fall into three different financial categories as per below. For a comprehensive price guide and a detailed description outlining costs that Medicare may or may not cover, please download our price guide here. If you would like a tailored price, please book a consultation.

Self Funded - Aesthetic Surgery

Commonly referred to as cosmetic surgery, this is an elective surgery which means you have chosen to have surgery because you want to change a specific physical attribute, it is not necessarily something that is of medical concern and therefore, these surgeries do not receive rebates from Medicare as they are considered something you have chosen to do.

Health Insured - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

This category of surgeries are considered by Medicare to be medically indicated and a Medicare item number is provided to denote this. The allocation of a Medicare item number means that if you have the required level of health insurance, your hospital stay will be covered

by your insurance. You will also receive a rebate for Dr Avery’s fee and the anaesthetist’s fee.

Self Funded - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Being a self-insured patient means that you have elected not to have private health insurance and you cover the costs of your health requirements yourself. This category differs from self-funded aesthetic surgery, as this category stipulates that your procedure is medically indicated by Medicare. Similar to being health insured, you will receive a rebate from Medicare for payments made to cover Dr Avery’s fees and anaesthetist fees. However, you are responsible for paying the hospital fees, and we will provide you with an estimate of all anticipated fees before you book your surgery.

How can I find out how much surgery will cost?

Deciding to undergo surgery is a big decision, with lots of things to consider. Even though the medical aspects of planning surgery are important, it is also important to fully understand the financial aspects of your surgery.

At Avery, the surgeries we offer fall into three different financial categories. These are outlined below to help you understand this sometimes confusing area.

For a detailed price guide with further explanation of what can be covered by Medicare and your health insurance, please click here.

Why is it important that my operation takes place in an accredited hospital?

The most important factors to any operation that Dr Avery undertakes is quality and safety.

Elective cosmetic surgery is not dissimilar, it is still surgery and all safety measures should be taken into consideration.

Plastic surgery is in most cases straightforward and uncomplicated, however, there is still a possibility of unforeseen circumstances and you need to be in the right place for this to be managed, an accredited private hospital facility is the most suitable for this.