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Meet Paul Belt
  • How do I make an appointment?

    Simply call us during office hours on 07 3852 6800, or if you are unable to contact us by phone, email us at admin@paulbelt.com.au

  • How many times do I need to see Dr. Belt?

    Dr Belt will see you personally for one or two consultations prior to performing any surgical procedure. Each consultation will last approximately thirty minutes. You are welcome to attend more consultations if you need more time or information before deciding on your operation.

    Usually two consultations are required for cosmetic and aesthetic procedures, or for complex reconstructive cases. 

  • How much does it cost to see Dr. Belt?

    The fee for the first consultation is $180.00.  If you have a GP’s referral you will receive $72.25 back from Medicare. Second consultations (if required) may or may not incur a $90 fee ($36.55 rebate if you have a valid referral) or may be bulk billed.  You will be advised at the time of your initial consultation if this is the case.

    The fee for a consultation for breast augmentation is $160.00.  There is no second consultation fee for this procedure.

    Rebates may not be available for certain purely cosmetic procedures. Please contact Dr Belt's rooms on 07 3852 6800, if you would like clarification.

  • What costs are involved?

    The costs involved will differ depending on each procedure. The costs may include:
    • Dr Belt’s surgical fee
    • Theatre fee / day bed, and overnight bed if not a day case
    • Specialist anaesthetist's fee
    • Cost of implants / prostheses required
    • Costs of tailor made garments ( e.g. sports bra for breast augmentation, support garment for abdominoplasty)
    • Assistant’s fee (larger cases only)

    Please contact Dr. Belt’s rooms and his staff can answer any questions you may have. A personalised quote and information can be sent to you regarding your specific procedure.

    Depending on the procedure, refunds may be available through Medicare and Private Health Funds. Please refer to the specific procedure for more information.

  • Are There Any Costs for a Follow-up?

    For all of the straightforward procedures all of the post operative follow-up costs are included in the original surgeon’s fee.

    For continued surveillance of significant skin malignancies (e.g. melanoma and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) of the lips a fee will be charged for follow-up which may be necessary for up to a period of five years. The standard fee is $90 of which $36.55 is rebatable through Medicare with a valid referral.
     

  • What happens if I live out of Brisbane, either in rural or remote Queensland, interstate or overseas

    Patients may wish to seek surgery with Dr Belt from rural and remote areas of Queensland, Interstate within Australia and from overseas. This is a common situation because of the size and geography of Queensland. Dr Belt only consults and operates in Brisbane and has extensive experience in managing patients who need to travel for their surgery The following is a guide for patients outside Brisbane who are looking to have surgery with Dr Belt. The usual sequence of arranging surgery is as follows:-

    1. Book a phone or Skype consultation

    Dr Belt performs phone or Skype consultations to minimise the number of trips to Brisbane. During the consultation, Dr Belt will assess your surgical expectations and suitability for surgery. This will also ensure that you do not have a wasted journey if you aren’t suitable for the procedure you are seeking (for example if you are still smoking for an abdominoplasty etc.). Dr Belt will explain every aspect of your procedure, and give you an indication of the duration of your hospital stay, and the time that you need to remain in Brisbane.
    Book a phone consultation by calling :-
    07 3852 6800
    International: +61 7 3852 6800
    It is preferable for you to send photos of the relevant area before your phone consultation (not necessary for Skype).
    Dr Belt will refer to these images when planning and discussing your procedure with you. When taking these photos, please try to get images from multiple angles (front, side and oblique views) . Please send all photos to paul@paulbelt.com.au This is Dr Belt’s personal email and these images will be stored in a secure site. Dr Belt can assure you that the images will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
    Dr Belt’s reception staff will be happy to guide you through this process.


    2. Book your surgery date

    Subsequent to the phone or Skype consultation, Dr Belt will provide you with a quote for the procedure. He will also advise if you need a formal consultation on the day of surgery, or one to two days prior to your procedure. He will also provide you with possible surgical dates.

    Once you decide upon a date for your surgery, you will be advised when you will need to arrive and how long you will need to stay after your operation. If your procedure is a day surgery case, you will need to bring someone to accompany you for at least the initial part of your stay. This can be a spouse, partner, relative or good friend. If you are unable to bring someone with you, then let us know early so that we can arrange for your procedure to be performed as an inpatient, or arrange for a nurse to accompany you.
    Dr Belt will also arrange your follow up so that you can pre-plan your return journey home.

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