Anthony McDonald Plastic Surgeon FAQs

What can I expect at my first appointment?

Welcome to the rooms of Mr Anthony McDonald. We offer comprehensive consultations in a relaxing, friendly environment.

On arrival you will be greeted by our office staff Karen and Cheryl. They will ask you for your referral and completed patient registration forms if you haven’t already forwarded them to us.

You will then be shown into a consulting room by one of our nurses, Jenny or Lyn.

You will see Mr McDonald who will listen carefully to your concerns, requests or goals. He will examine you and talk you through the procedure, including the risks. You may ask to see some before and after photographs of patients who have had the same procedure that you are enquiring about. You can ask questions and you will be given written information relevant to your procedure.

Once you have seen Mr McDonald you will be given a quotation for the cost of your surgery, should this be appropriate. If you decide to proceed with your procedure, a date will be arranged and a pre-operative appointment may be booked if necessary.

Lyn, one of our practice nurses, may contact you prior to your surgery and both she and Jenny will be available for you post-operatively. Please feel free to contact the rooms with any concerns or questions you may have on (03) 5221 7002.

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The Cancer Council of Victoria has an informative website that will answer any questions you have about skin cancer. Click here to visit their site.

Do I need a referral from my general practitioner?

Generally the answer to this question is yes, particularly if you are coming to see Mr McDonald for a medical reason. If in doubt, please ask when you make your appointment and our friendly staff will advise you.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

Mr McDonald’s waiting time is approximately four to six weeks. Urgent appointments are available upon request from your GP.

How much is my initial consultation?

Your initial consultation fee is $175. If your procedure is not cosmetic, you may claim $72.75 of this from Medicare. These amounts are subject to change. Please ask our friendly staff to confirm any amounts that would be owing. There is a reduced fee for patients holding a pension card.

Do I need private health insurance?

Private health insurance is advisable. However, please note that some procedures might not be covered even with the highest level of private cover.