What is cosmetic surgery? READ MORE

Cosmetic surgery is a form of plastic surgery, although not all forms of plastic surgery are cosmetic. While plastic surgery is concerned with correction of the human form via surgical means, cosmetic surgery solely aims to alter an individual’s appearance to a more aesthetically appealing state. While this often accompanies medically necessary surgery, such as breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, many individuals receive cosmetic surgery solely to be more attractive.

Who is eligible for the procedure? READ MORE

The criteria for eligibility varies, depending on the form of surgery desired, whether it be a facelift, liposuction, blepharoplasty, otoplasty or one of the many other cosmetic procedures that exist. In most cases it is recommended patients are at least 18 as surgical changes are frequently permanent or semi-permanent. It is important decisions regarding surgery are made by a mature mind that fully comprehends the potential impacts of their treatment.

Is there anything I need to do before I receive treatment? READ MORE

Pre-operative care is typically minimal and must be discussed prior to treatment with a physician as it will vary depending on the type of cosmetic surgery being undertaken. Some typical requirements include;

  • Fasting eight hours prior to treatments requiring general anaesthetic
  • Not smoking within two weeks of surgery
  • Avoiding aspirin forty eight hours before treatment

These needs will differ according to the specific treatment chosen and health requirements of the patient in question. It is essential this issue is discussed with a physician prior to surgery to maximise the chance of success and minimise the risk of complications. Correctly following these instructions should also result in less post-operative down time.

How do I care for my body after receiving plastic surgery? READ MORE

Again, this will differ from person to person and treatment to treatment. Some cases, such as that of facial rejuvenation surgery, require the application of a dressing and specific periods of rest time. Eyelid surgery is also known to respond well to the periodic application of ice to reduce swelling. These directions of care are important to ensure your body heals correctly and any augmentation made to your body assimilates correctly.

How likely are “complications?” READ MORE

Incredibly unlikely. Medical standards are some of the most strict in both the country and the world and Mr. Stephen Gilbert is renowned for offering surgery of the highest standard. Correctly following directions of post-operative care will also minimise the chance of such an occurrence.

However, some treatments are more likely to have unwanted side effects than others, although those that do are relatively minor in their appearance. It is important to have accurate expectations of your treatment, and this can be achieved through using surgical consultation as an opportunity to address any questions you may have. Misinformed patients could become disappointed when they only learn of the swelling that follows a facelift or foreheadplasty after the fact.

How much does cosmetic surgery cost? READ MORE

The cost of surgery varies widely depending on the type of treatment undertaken, the patient on whom it is performed and the surgeon chosen; to name only a few factors. For example facelift surgery in New Zealand is likely to be far more expensive than necklift surgery in Thailand.

The Thai Plastic Surgeon however expert, is at a disadvantage compared to the NZ Plastic Surgeon as he does not have time for a proper preoperative work up. Is not around to deal with complications and seldom sees his results. The quality is also likely to differentiate quite substantially.


Costs depend on the procedure which can only be determined after a full consultation. They include the consultation fee, the surgeon’s fee, the operation facility and the anaesthecists fee. All these costs vary, according to the services offered. The chapest cost will not be the best option and neither may the most expensive.

The best way to get an indication of cost is to make an appointment for a free consultation with Mr Stephen Gilbert’s senior practice nurse. She can assess the likely operation you need and refer you on to Mr Stephen Gilbert if you wish.

How long will it take to recover from facial surgery? READ MORE

The healing time for each form of facial surgery is unique, as is the patient it has been performed on. This makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact healing time for treatment, as it will depend on the patient as well as the treatment chosen. Healthier patients, for example, can easily heal at twice the rate of an unhealthy individual.

Specific details are best gained in consultation with your surgeon, however hear are some guidelines to help you determine how cosmetic surgery may fit into your lifestyle.

  • Facelift surgery: One day of bed rest and three weeks without strenuous activity.
  • Excess skin removal: Depending on the extent of treatment, patients may be able to immediately return to work. Others may require as long as one week.
  • Chin liposuction: Depending on the extent of treatment, patients may be able to immediately return to work. Others may require as long as two weeks.
  • Eye brow shaping. Provided this has not been performed as part of a surgical facelift, most patients will experience no downtime.
  • Ear reduction surgery. Patients are required to wear a dressing for 72 hours following surgery, and provided they avoid physical contact should require no further downtime.