From Consultation to Recovery: What to Expect During Cosmetic Surgery

From Consultation to Recovery: What to Expect During Cosmetic Surgery
From Consultation to Recovery: What to Expect During Cosmetic Surgery

Embarking on the journey of cosmetic surgery is a significant decision that involves various steps, from the initial consultation to the recovery process. Understanding what to expect at each stage can help prepare prospective patients, alleviate concerns, and contribute to a smoother, more positive experience. This comprehensive guide outlines the key phases of the cosmetic surgery process in an Australian skin cancer and melanoma clinic context.

Initial Consultation

Let’s dive into the first things you will come across when opting for a cosmetics treatment or surgery. As similar to with every healthcare decision, cosmetics surgeries also come with steps to thoroughly evaluate or health conditions, figuring out possible treatments and their effectiveness on your skin and selecting best possible option to get most out of available treatments.

Before your cosmetic procedure, we’ll have an in-depth consultation to discuss your goals, medical history, and expectations such as :

  • Preparation: Before your consultation, you may be asked to fill out medical history forms. It’s important to be open about your medical history, medications, and any previous surgeries.
  • Discussion: The initial consultation is your opportunity to discuss your aesthetic goals with the surgeon. Be clear about what you hope to achieve and any concerns you have.
  • Evaluation: Your surgeon will evaluate your area of concern and may take photographs for your medical record. They will assess whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss the options available to you.
  • Information: Expect to receive detailed information about the recommended procedure, including its risks, benefits, expected outcomes, and costs.
  • Questions: This is the time to ask questions. Consider inquiring about the surgeon’s experience, the specifics of the procedure, recovery time, and any post-surgery care required.

Pre-Cosmetic Surgery Preparation

  • Medical Evaluation: Some surgeries may require a pre-operative medical evaluation to ensure you are fit for surgery.
  • Medications: Your surgeon may adjust your current medications or recommend supplements to avoid during the pre- and post-surgery period.
  • Instructions: You’ll receive specific instructions on preparing for surgery, including dietary restrictions or hygiene protocols.
  • Planning: Arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery and help around the house as you recover.

Why Pre-Surgery Preparation is Crucial?
Pre-surgical preparation is vital to ensure a successful outcome. By stopping smoking, avoiding certain medications, and preparing a safe environment at home, you can minimize risks and promote optimal healing.

Day of Cosmetic Surgery

What to Expect During Your Procedure?
On the day of your surgery, we’ll take care to make you as comfortable as possible. Our team will guide you through the pre-operative process, answer any final questions or concerns, and ensure that you’re well-prepared for the procedure.

The common steps follows :

  • Arrival: Arrive at the clinic or hospital as instructed, usually a few hours before the scheduled surgery time.
  • Anesthesia: Most cosmetic surgeries require anesthesia, which will be administered by an anesthesiologist.
  • The Procedure: The duration of the surgery depends on the procedure. Your surgeon and medical team will ensure you are comfortable and safe throughout.


  • Immediate Post-Op: You will be taken to a recovery area to be closely monitored as you wake up from anesthesia. You may feel groggy and sore.
  • Discharge: Depending on the procedure, you may be discharged the same day or need to stay overnight.
  • Follow-Up: Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing and the outcome of the surgery.
  • Healing: Recovery times vary depending on the procedure and the individual. Follow your surgeon’s instructions on wound care, activities to avoid, and signs of complications.
  • Adjustments: Emotional ups and downs are normal. Allow yourself time to rest and recover, and keep in mind that some results take time to fully emerge.

What to Expect During Your Recovery?
After your procedure, you’ll typically spend some time in a recovery area where our team will monitor your vital signs and provide pain management as needed. You may experience some discomfort or swelling, but this is usually manageable with medication and proper wound care.


Cosmetic surgery can be a transformative experience, offering not only physical changes but also boosting self-confidence. By understanding what to expect from consultation through to recovery, you are better prepared to navigate the process. Remember, the key to a successful outcome lies in open communication with your surgeon, realistic expectations, and careful adherence to pre- and post-operative instructions.

Note: Molechex offers various kind of skincare and skin cosmetics services performed by certified and experienced skin doctors. The article is for information purposes to expose possible treatment options anyone can opt for. This is not a medical opinion or advisory and any person opting for treatment should seek a professional’s advice before taking decisions, Molechex advices booking a consultation with skin doctor which help choose right treatments for the skin condition and individual health history.

Finally, if you’re interested, Molechex skin doctors appointments are available via Hotdoc. Book your initial consultation to get started with your skin rejuvenation journey.

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* Please be aware that our Practice is a private billing practice,  for fees please call clinic.  Consultation Fees vary according to treatments, please call our reception in case of any queries. Cancellation fees apply: A cancellation fee applies if you fail to attend or cancel on the day of your appointment. 48 hours’ notice is required.

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