In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government announced that they are putting a hold on all elective surgery in both public and private hospitals.
This means that any of the operations performed by Dr Robert Goldman, including all laser procedures and tattoo removal, cannot be carried out by anyone in Australia.
If you recently visited Dr Goldman for a consultation or you’ve considered booking an appointment, the practice is still open and able to handle all your queries. Current consultations can be conducted online via Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp or any other format you prefer.
So, why would you book a consultation now, knowing that elective surgery has been put on hold? As with any procedure, there often is a period of months between your first consultation and the actual surgery.
Those who book in now won’t have to wait as long for their procedure once business returns to normal. Let’s take a closer look at the timeline of a standard surgical procedure.
Timeline of Surgery
Undergoing any operation requires time for careful thought and consideration It’s good for both the surgeon and the patient to give themselves as much time as possible to absorb all the information, and to ensure they are making the right choice.
These are the steps that most people will undertake pre-surgery:
- Research – This is predominantly done online, but can also include talking to friends who have seen a particular surgeon. We know that the internet is full of unqualified opinions and misinformation, so please be careful while you are conducting your research.
- Contact – Once you have chosen a surgeon to proceed with, the next step is to make contact. You may even wish to utilise their LiveChat service and ask some questions about your procedure. You can also search for online videos and tutorials from your surgeon to see if they are the ‘right one’ for you.
- Consultation – The initial consultation is a one-on-one chat about your surgery. This will be where your surgeon will assess your medical history and advise you on ALL the possible treatment options. This is also an opportunity to ask as many questions as possible. You’ll receive an information pack containing all the essentials you need to make an informed decision. You will also receive an estimated cost and a breakdown of the cost. A physical assessment will be conducted as part of your initial consultation.
- Decision – This is a very important part of the process and can sometimes be stressful. Most surgeons will encourage you to take your time and seriously contemplate your options. Like any surgery, cosmetic surgery does carry potential risks. If you’ve taken the appropriate time and you’re 100% committed to going ahead with your procedure, a second consultation will be arranged.
Should you book an online consultation?
As you can see, the process from research through to booking your second consultation is a lengthy period – and with good reason. Surgeons, like Dr Robert Goldman, know the seriousness of surgery and why each patient must be prepared both physically and mentally.
If you decide to book an online consultation now, it will still be a few months before you would undergo any procedure (even without Federal Government restrictions in place). In fact, if you are under 18 years of age, every surgeon in Australia is required by law to offer a three-month cooling-off period to consider your proposed surgery.
No-one can say when the restrictions will be lifted. Whether it’s three months, six months or a year, now is the perfect time to talk to your surgeon and consider your decision.
Qualified, Experienced Cosmetic Surgeons in Perth
Dr Robert Goldman is a qualified specialist surgeon in Perth. He has been awarded FRACS and is a fully qualified surgeon (FRACS, MB,ChB, B.Sc (hons)) with 35 years of cosmetic surgery experience. On top of this, he holds a science degree in Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology.
He, and his team, will ensure that you are well-informed, comfortable and safe throughout your entire cosmetic surgery experience.