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Looking To Travel To Brisbane for Plastic Surgery?

Dr Cheng sees patients from all over Australia and overseas however, Dr Cheng only performs consultations and surgery in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  With this in mind we have developed a guide or sequence of steps for you to consider. In more complex medical situations, this option may not be suitable so please discuss your personal situation with one of our Patient Coordinators.

Frequently Asked Questions About Travelling To Brisbane For Plastic Surgery:

Taking the first step can be scary, and we know how expensive travel can be, so in order to be mindful of this we suggest you make contact with one of our patient coordinators as soon as possible to discuss the procedure of interest, your ideal timeframe for this to occur and your desired goals and suitability for the procedure.

In order to confirm your video consultation please liaise with our Patient Coordinators as they will assist with your preparation requirements.   The following information is an example of the information that will be required:

  • Photos of your current anatomy
  • Ideal results or outcomes that you like
  • If you have had previous surgery, your before and after photos and operation records relating to your previous surgery
  • Copies of reports relating to recent imaging
  • Your patient detail form

The above material should be emailed to   This will allow Dr Cheng to prepare for and potentially provide advice prior to booking your video consultation.

Once we have received your information, your Patient Coordinator will confirm your video consultation with Dr Eddie Cheng.

A video consultation is the ideal way for you to get to know our practice and your surgeon without spending additional on travel at this early stage.  However, Dr Cheng does stress that this is not a replacement for a thorough clinical evaluation which will still need to be performed in the future.

The fee for a video consultation is $200 which is paid at the time of confirming your appointment.


Our clinic is located on the Wesley Hospital Campus, approximately 3km from the Brisbane CBD.  There are numerous accommodation options nearby

Our patients come from all over Australia and Internationally.  Please see information for travelling patients. For your convenience, if you don’t have a car in Brisbane, our office is situated within walking distance to the Auchenflower Train Station.

The Following is a list of nearby accommodation and caring options for travelling patients:

Accommodation near train stations and close to the Wesley Hospital

Essence Suites and Apartments Taringa – Medi-hotel (easy access to train line from Taringa to Auchenflower) – directly above Westside Private Hospital

The Jephson Hotel Toowong

Accommodation Within Walking Distance to The Wesley Hospital:

The Oasis Apartments

Various Lodges near The Wesley Hospital Campus

Accommodation and Recovery Care

Private In-Home Accommodation and Care

There is a range of accommodation and care options depending on whether you are travelling alone or with a friend/carer.

For a home away from hospital style accommodation with the option of airport collection and dropoff, day surgery pick up, overnight accommodation and care as well as meals.  Speak to our Patient Coordinators for more details about this private in home-style accommodation option.

Dr Cheng performs surgery on Mondays, Tuesday and some Thursdays. Once your surgery date is confirmed you will be advised when you will need to arrive and how long you will need to stay after your operation. You will need to bring someone with you for at least part of your stay. This can be a partner, relative or good friend. If you are unable to bring someone, then let us know early so that we can suggest or arrange alternative assistance for you.

Confirmation of a surgery date requires a non-refundable deposit.  At this time you will also need to book your pre operative appointment ideally a minimum of 7 days prior to your surgery date.  This will allow time to finalise your admission details and order breast implants if required.

Once you have scheduled your surgery date we will email you a pack containing consent forms and relevant hospital forms for review and return at your pre operative appointment.

It is important to discuss any medications with Dr Cheng in particular herbals such as fish oils and anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin, nurofen, naprogesic) well before surgery.  Dr Cheng will advise what should be stopped prior to surgery, however, in general please cease the above at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.

A word about smoking

If you are considering surgery, it is imperative that you cease smoking and any nicotine products including cannabis at least 2 months prior to surgery. For more information read our blog about smoking and plastic surgery.


Will my Private Health Insurance Cover assist with accommodation expenses?

If you have private health insurance cover, your policy may provide cover for your medical-related travel and accommodation costs. 

Accommodation benefits are designed to cover the cost of accommodation near to the place of treatment for the patient and a carer or attendant. This refers to accommodation in a hotel or motel (not hospital), and can help you afford the cost of staying overnight and accessing the medical or hospital treatment you need. While some funds will require your carer to also be a member in order to cover their accommodation costs, other funds will also cover your carer’s accommodation expenses even if they are not a member.

The exact level of cover provided varies depending on the health fund and the individual policy you choose, but limits will apply. This could be one overall limit for both travel and accommodation benefits, or separate limits for each individual benefit.

Recovery Partner and Concierge Services

Recovery partners can offer support and peace of mind knowing someone is there for you after your hospital procedure to care for you overnight. 

What does this support look like? 

Recovery partners can provide support such as: 

  • Settling you into your accommodation
  • Meals: assistance with arranging meals during your stay
  • Overnight care: supporting you through the night as you need
  • Discharge support: helping you prepare for discharge, including arranging breakfast and packing your belongings
  • Shopping: for groceries, the chemist or running an errand.

Pure You Patient Concierge

Heidi and her team at Pure You Patient Concierges, offer caring and supportive females who are knowledgeable on post-surgical recovery and can assist with the logistics of recovery.

Below you will find a guide for suggested length of stay times in Brisbane, however, please be mindful that every individual recovery can vary:

Breast Augmentation: Stay 4-5 days.

Breast Reduction / Lifting / Reshaping / Revision / Tuberous / Asymmetry: Stay 7-10 days.

Mummy Makeover: Stay 14 days.

Abdominoplasty: Stay 2-3 weeks

Please arrive 7 days prior to your date of surgery to allow plenty of time for your pre op appointment and ordering of the appropriate prosthetics. It is important for you to stay near Brisbane to ensure you are available for any appointments with Dr Cheng and your Patient Coordinator. During this time Dr Cheng will conduct a thorough clinical evaluation, review your history from your initial consultation, confirm your treatment plan and the associated recovery and risks. Clinical photos and 3D scanning will be performed at this time along with the relevant paperwork and final preparations for your upcoming surgery.

Fasting times and hospital admission times will be provided 1 day prior to your surgery. On the day of surgery, you should proceed straight to the hospital admission desk where you will be admitted.

Your Anaesthetist and Dr Cheng and other Hospital Nursing staff involved in your care will meet and talk to you prior to your surgery.

For day surgery procedures, you will be required to have someone collect you from recovery. It is a safety policy of all the hospitals that you must be discharged into the care of a responsible adult after an anaesthetic.

Please advise our rooms in advance if you will be alone on discharge and will require assistance. A suitable alternative will need to be arranged in advance and will incur additional costs.

Many patients undergoing plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation can be discharged on the same day as the procedure. Larger operations, however, may require a 1-3 night hospital stay.

A postoperative visit with Dr Cheng and one of our specialist nurses will be scheduled prior to your departure home. During this visit, all postoperative instructions will be discussed and future appointments scheduled. All postoperative recovery tapes and dressings will also be provided to you.

Our postoperative appointment schedule is flexible and may involve a combination of video/phone appointments and physical ones throughout the year. We may also request that you email in photos of your progress for Dr Cheng to review.


Travelling to Brisbane for Plastic Surgery

If you would like to know more, or to request your consultation, please contact us today.