Mr Frank Lin | Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
Mr Frank Lin
Mr Frank Lin
MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Mr Frank Lin is a specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeon. He is a fully qualified member of:
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons - the peak national association for specialist plastic surgeons
- International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesethetic Surgeons
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
After graduating from Melbourne University in 2001, Frank undertook General Surgery training at St Vincent’s Hospital before embarking on advanced surgical training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. During this period, he worked at major Melbourne hospitals including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospitals.
After completing specialist surgical training and gaining recognition as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Frank undertook further overseas fellowship training in microsurgical breast reconstruction in London with world renowned Professor Venkat Ramakrishnan. During this time he also studied with eminent professors including Prof. Isao Koshima at the University of Tokyo and Prof. Yu Li at the Shanghai 9th People’s Hospital in the field of breast and aesthetic surgery, as well as aesthetic surgery for Asian patients. During this extended period of training, Frank has undertaken further research and has academic publications in areas such as breast surgery, craniofacial surgery and hand surgery.
Upon returning to Melboune, Frank commenced work as a specialist plastic surgeon with public hospital appointments at Eastern Health, Peninsula Health and Northern Health. Frank is actively involved in academic conferences and meetings, keeping up to date with the latest advances in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Frank is also involved in the training of junior medical staff and medical students of Monash University medical school through his public appointments.
In 2012, Frank founded Eastern Plastic Surgery, an association of fully qualified specialist plastic surgeons based in the new medical precinct of Epworth Eastern Hospital and the newly redeveloped Box Hill Hospital. Frank is available for private consultation at Epworth Eastern Hospital, Epworth Richmond Hospital, Western Private Hospital, Caroline Springs Specialist Centre and Werribee Surgical Group.
For Chinese speaking patients, Frank is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, and would be happy to assist patients who prefer these dialects. In his free time, Frank enjoys photography, tennis, skiing and spending time with his family.
Our new facility is located at 116-118 Thames St, Box Hill. Adjacent Box Hill Hospital.
Choosing Your Surgeon
What is a “fully qualified” plastic surgeon?
A fully qualified plastic surgeon, such as Mr Frank Lin, is a surgeon recognized by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). These are the peak national bodies that govern the training and practice of surgery in Australia.
All plastic surgeons at Eastern Plastic Surgery have undergone a minimum of 10 years of training since gaining their university degree to become a doctor. These include years of rigorous advanced surgical training and examinations accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In addition, Mr Lin has also undertaken further overseas fellowship training in sub-specialist areas of plastic surgery.
These specialist surgeons are entitled to have “FRACS” after their name, denoting their Fellowship within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
In Australia, like many other countries around the world, certain cosmetic surgery procedures can legally be performed by doctors who are not recognized by these peak governing bodies in their country. They may be called “cosmetic surgeons” and are not entitled to recognition by the RACS or ASPS.
In Australia, look for these affiliations as a sign that your surgeon is a specialist, fully qualified plastic surgeon.
Surgical Fees and Rebates
As a member of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Mr Lin adhere to strict guidelines governing medical practice and advertising. Our fees structure also follows the recommended guidelines set out by the Australian Medical Association (AMA fees).
- Mr Lin's standard consultation fee is $150 for an initial consultation.
- A medicare rebate of approximately $72 is available if you have been referred by your family doctor and hold a valid Medicare card.
- Often, the rebate can be processed on the day of your consultation.
- A special rate is available for pensioners who present a valid pension card.
Overall Cost of Surgery
Generally, the overall fees for surgery includes several components:
- Mr Lin's fee, which includes the routine post-operative follow up for six weeks. See section below.
- The anaesthetist’s fee.
- The hospital or day surgery fee.
- Pathology (where applicable).
- Others: which may include cost of implants, prosthesis, etc.
- For privately insured patients, your private insurance will generally cover part of your surgeon’s fees.
- The remainder, also known as the “gap”, covers for the costs of providing specialist health care where Medicare and private insurance rebates have consistently failed to keep up with inflation.
- The amount of the “gap” varies depending on the nature and complexity of the surgery.In all instances, a written estimate is provided prior to the procedure being scheduled.
- We would strongly recommend all patients check with their private health fund to establish whether other costs may apply.
- For certain cosmetic procedures eg. facelift, lower eyelid surgery, no rebates are provided by either Medicare or your private health fund.
- In these cases, a written estimate will be provided prior to the procedure being scheduled.
Please feel free to raise any questions you may have. Mr Lin and our practice staff will be more than happy to discuss these with you.
Your First Consultation
At your first consultation you will be asked to
- Complete a patient registration form and a general health questionnaire.
- You may choose to download and bring the completed form with you to save time on the day.
This information forms part of your overall medical records and are stored securely by our staff.
What should I bring to my appointment?
- Your referral letter from your GP.
- All X-rays, CT or ultrasound scans, recent blood tests.
- Your regular medications (or a list of your medications).
- Your Medicare card.
- If applicable, your private health insurance card, health care card, pension card, etc.
- If you are a workcover or TAC patient please bring your employer/insurer details including your claim number. If you do not have a claim number you would be required to pay for your consultation on the day.
- We recommend you bring a list of any questions you may have, in case you forget to ask.
- Please feel free to download and complete our patient registration form prior to your appointment and bring this in with you on the day.