The aim of your first consultation with Dr Naveen Somia is to discuss your concerns and recommend the options available for treatment and solution. As there is a great deal to discuss during this consultation we highly recommend that you bring a family member or friend.
Do I need a referral?
Yes. A referral from your general practitioner enables you to claim a portion of your consultation fee from Medicare. In some cases you may be able to claim a portion of your surgery fees from both Medicare and your health fund (where an applicable level of cover is held). Medicare and health care fund rebates are available on procedures attracting a Medicare item number.
What is the cost and duration of the consultation?
An initial consultation fee is $280 (rebate $72.75). Payment is required on booking. We accept all major credit cards, EFT, cash and electronic transfer. A receipt will be issued at your consultation for claiming purposes. An initial consultation usually takes between 30-45 minutes. If you decide to proceed with surgery an additional pre-operative consultation is included in the initial consultation fee.
How can I prepare for the consultation?
Being well-informed ahead of the consultation helps you to actively participate in the discussion during the consultative process. We highly recommend exploring our website for the options available. If your consultation relates to eyelid, face, neck or nose surgeries please bring an older photograph. A professional wedding picture or similar close-up of your face is best. Bring any tests or x-rays with you.
What will happen during the consultation?
Dr Somia will ask questions pertaining to your goals and health to minimise the risk and optimise your results. Dr Somia will then examine and evaluate you and offer a personalised recommendation. Clinical photographs will be taken as part of your confidential medical record. Information on the procedure and the costs involved will be given. You will have ample opportunity to ask questions.