Dr Choroomi is happy to answer any queries you may have at your consultation though here are some of the questions he is most commonly asked.
Can Dr Choroomi perform multiple procedures in one surgery?
Patients often choose to have multiple facial rejuvenation procedures to achieve their desired result. When appropriate, Dr Choroomi offers the premier option of having multiple concerns addressed in one procedure. i.e. if you are experiencing breathing difficulties and are also considering facial rejuvenation for cosmetic reasons, Dr. Choroomi is uniquely qualified to addressed both concerns in one procedure. Patients prefer to have procedures combined as there is only one recovery period.
Is surgery right for me?
For some patients, surgical procedures are the right solution. In other situations, a non-surgical or medical treatment could be your answer. Dr Choroomi’s goal is to provide you with expert advise during your consultation to help correct your areas of concern. Dr Choroomi does not perform surgery on every patient but will tailor a treatment plan to best address your concerns.
Do I need a referral from my general practitioner?
Generally speaking, you need a referral from your general practitioner for any medically indicated procedure. However, if you are considering a purely cosmetic procedure, a referral is not required. If you are still not sure, you are welcome to call us on (02) 8757 3000 and we will be happy to advise you.
What should I bring to my consultation?
What to bring:
- Medicare card
- Details of your health fund
- Your doctor’s referral (if one is needed)
- Any relevant scans, x-rays, or patology
- Medical history including any operation reports from prior surgical procedures
- Photographs of your face before accidents or other facial reconstructive surgery
For cosmetic procedures, patients generally attend at least two pre-operative consultations with Dr Choroomi before the surgical procedure, both of which run for approximately 30-60 minutes in duration.
How much will an operation cost?
Cost associated with elective cosmetic surgery may include:
- Surgical fee
- Hospital or Surgical Facility Costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Pre-operational medical tests such as Ct scan, MRI, blood work
At your initial consultation, you will be given an estimate of your surgical fees.
We do not post surgical fees on our website as there are a number of variables that are considered when setting surgical fees including health fund coverage, length of the procedure(s), surgical techniques performed and the complexity of the procedure. Each patient is treated as an individual, therefor one price does not fit all, nor should it. Dr Choroomi welcomes any queries you may have about fees/costs after your initial consultation.
Will my health fund cover my procedure?
If your procedure is medically necessary (and you come with a referral), both Medicare and your private health fund may contribute to the cost. This will depend on your health fund’s policy and your level of coverage. Some cosmetic procedures may be partially covered by your health fund. If you are not sure or queries, call us on (02) 8757 3000 and we’ll do our best to assist you.
How long will I have to wait for surgery?
The time between an initial consult and surgery will depend on the nature of the appointment and Dr Choroomi’s availability. A typical wait time for surgical procedures is 1-2 months, however he will do his best to accommodate each patient’s need should time be of the essence.
Where are treatments / surgery performed?
Procedures (such as injectables) requiring only topical anesthetic are performed in office, typically the day of your appointment. Sometimes in more complicated cases, a follow up appointment may be scheduled to complete the procedure.
Procedures requiring sedative or general anesthetic will be preformed in the operating room of a registered and accredited hospital facility. A qualified anaesthesiologist will be present during your operation. Following your operation you will recover in a supervised recovery area. All major procedures are undertaken in hospital as day or longer stay admissions, according to the planned surgery. Dr Choroomi has privileges to perform surgery at the following accredited facilities:
- St Luke’s Private Hospital (Potts Point)
- East Sydney Private Hospital
- Strathfield Private Hospital
What happens after surgery?
After surgery, if you are not staying overnight in a hospital, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you overnight. Dr Choroomi will provide you with post-operative instructions and advise on dressings, bathing and what activities you can and cannot perform.
As needed Dr Choroomi will schedule follow up appointments to check on your recovery and/or treatment results. Dr Choroomi is dedicated to the pre and post operative care of his patients. If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (02) 8757 3000.
What is the recovery time?
In Office Procedures
In the majority of cases, patients undergoing in office procedures such as cosmetic injectables or endoscopy of the nose and throat, using topical anesthetic will be able to drive immediately after the procedure and return to normal activities the same or following day. Dr Choroomi will advise any special post-operative care and if longer recovering time is needed.
For in-hospital procedures, the recovery time is dependent on the surgical procedure being performed. Generally, for larger procedures patients will require between 1-2 weeks off work (depending on your occupation).
Obvious bruising and swelling will typically be visible for 2 weeks, allow sufficient time for recovery before attending important social events or being photographed. With rhinoplasty surgery, after bruising and swelling has subsided, the actual healing and swelling reduction can take a full 12 months.
Strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to 6 weeks following any surgery as any activity that may increase blood pressure may increase the amount of time it takes for post-operative swelling to resolve.
Driving may be resumed once the patient is comfortable, can react quickly if necessary, and are no longer taking pain medication.
How can I minimise bruising or swelling?
Depending on the procedure you had:
- sleeping at a 45-degree angle (not horizontal) for one week following surgery may help minimize the collection of fluids in the face and eyelids.
- avoid aerobic activity for at least 2-3 weeks following surgery; increased blood pressure can increase swelling.
- follow the instructions Dr Choroomi gave you about making and administering cold and warm compresses. This will not only reduce bruising and swelling, but will also maximize and promote healing.