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Q: I am considering aesthetic surgery; what first steps should I take?

  • Talk to your GP.
  • Do your research, check the qualifications and experience of the Consultant Plastic Surgeon and ensure he/she is a member of IAPS.
  • At your consultation, ask any questions you have in relation to the procedure and the surgeon’s particular approach.
  • Take some time to think about it before making your decision.

Q: Why choose The Aesthetic Institute?

  • Quality and safety are our top priorities; we only operate in modern, high-tech hospitals and use top quality implants and medicines.
  • Our approach is holistic and scientific; we tailor each procedure to the individual patient for optimum results, and we use proven, cutting-edge techniques.
  • Your consultation is directly with the surgeon who will perform the procedure.
  • You have access to your surgeon at all times to discuss any questions or concerns you may have after your surgery.
  • The Aesthetic Institute is the only cosmetic surgery clinic in Ireland where patients can see the results of their surgery at the consultation, using the Vectra XT 3D Face and Body Imaging System.

Q: What does the procedure price include?

  • The Aesthetic Institute fee broken down into the booking deposit (usually 10%) and the advance payment payable to The Aesthetic Institute two weeks before the surgery date.
  • The Hospital fee, payable to the hospital on the day of admission.
  • All Post-Op visits, including scar management are included.


As all procedures are tailored to individual patients, it can be difficult to give an accurate estimate in advance of a consultation. Any prices discussed before the consultation are "starting from" prices and will vary depending on factors such as the extent of surgery, the length of hospital stay and which implants are used.

Q: What does the procedure price cover?

  • The Surgeon's fee
  • The Anaesthetist’s fee
  • The Hospital fee
  • As many post-op visits necessary for up to a year after your surgery.
  • An appointment with a skincare adviser to recommend a skincare regime to enhance the results of your surgery and help you with scar management (either before your surgery or after the stitches have been removed and your wounds have healed)
  • For patients undergoing facial surgery, a post-op kit of Akademikliniken Cosmeceuticals is also included.


Not included are routine pathology fees which may be incurred and charged by the hospital, or additional nights’ hospital accommodation beyond the planned length of stay. If your surgeon recommends complementary treatments to enhance the results of your surgery, such as Fraxel laser treatment or chemical peels, these will be quoted separately.

Q: Does The Aesthetic Institute offer payment plans, finance arrangements or special offers?

The Aesthetic Institute does not offer payment plans. Fees must be paid in full before surgery, however the payment is normally broken down into a booking deposit, The Aesthetic Institutes fee which is payable up to two weeks before surgery, and the Hospital fee which is payable on the day of surgery. We don’t promote special offers or discounts on surgical procedures as the decision to undergo surgery is a serious one and should not be undertaken lightly or in a hurry. We would advise anyone considering aesthetic surgery against borrowing to finance the procedure.

Q: Where are surgical procedures performed?

Our surgeons have regular theatre lists in The Blackrock Clinic, one of Dublin's leading private hospitals. Here patients will benefit from high tech monitoring and expert nursing care in safe and comfortable surroundings.

Q:Where are non-surgical procedures performed?

Non-surgical and non-invasive treatments, such as Fraxel Laser treatment, AK Peels, Dermal Fillers and Anti-Wrinkle Injection treatments, are performed in the specially designed consultation and treatment rooms in The Aesthetic Institute in Northbrook Clinic. We also have a satelite clinic in Castletroy Medical Centre in Limerick, where consultations, post-op appointments and some treatments are performed.

Q: What are the risks and complications of surgery?

As with all surgery there are certain risks, and it’s important for patients to be aware of these in advance of a procedure, so that they can make an informed decision and help manage the outcomes. Your surgeon will discuss any risks associated with the procedure you are considering at your consultation. If you think you are at increased risk of any complications, it is your responsibility to inform your surgeon at your consultation.

Q: Where else can I get independent information relating to cosmetic, aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery?

Here is a selection of sources where you can get more information about plastic surgery:

  • Irish Medical Council Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons
  • Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons (IAPS)
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)
  • Health Services Executive (HSE)


If you have a question that is not answered here or elsewhere on the website, please call 01 491 5738 or email for more information.