Meet Clare Delany, a registered nurse who is renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Dilip Gahankari’s right hand woman. Having lived on the Gold Coast for over 15 years, Clare has been a part of Dr. Dilip Gahankari’s Advanced Aesthetics team for almost 10 years.

With Clare’s invaluable experience in cosmetic surgery we sat down for a little chat with her and found out about how Clare got to where she is now with her career and picked her brains on what she knows of the cosmetic surgery industry.

Clare says she completed her nurse training “old school style” at Ipswich General Hospital and later completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing at Monash University in Melbourne. From here her transgression into cosmetic surgery was natural.

“I have had a growing interest in the cosmetic surgery field ever since I first became a nurse. This type of surgery can impact one’s life greatly if it is done for the right reasons.” Explained Clare.

“Great outcomes can increase self confidence and positive self worth.”

Prior to working for Dr. Dilip Gahankari, Clare was appointed the position of Director of Nursing at a private Hospital in Melbourne –“Hard work, long hours but a fabulous experience.” Explained Clare on her time as the director of nursing.

She also owned her own cosmetic laser business on the Sunshine Coast several years ago.

clare2“It was a steep learning curve but I gained some valuable skills.” Explained Clare. “But working with Dr Dilip was one of my best career decisions!”

Clare specializes in preoperative consultation for all breast surgery including enhancement, breast lift, tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty), liposculpting and body contouring surgery following weight loss. Laser procedures for skin rejuvenation, hair removal, tattoo removal and anti-aging injections.

Apart from these roles at the Advanced Aesthetics clinic, Claire is also responsible for assisting in patient’s post-op care.

“I guide the patient through their journey from when they first enter our door, tailoring their preoperative consultation to best suit their needs and desires and provide them with the knowledge to make an informed decision. Following surgery, frequent, regular and thorough aftercare is of prime importance for an optimal outcome; something that we pride ourselves on at Advanced Aesthetics.” Explained Clare.

Clare told us that her favourite part of her job is knowing that she has helped play a part in a successful surgery.

“Knowing that I have provided the patient with valuable, thorough information so as their decision to proceed with surgery is as stress free as possible – and of course happy and grateful patients following their recovery is always the best part.” Explained Clare.

Clare is one busy woman with a thriving career she also has a family with two daughters… one clare3 of them Catherine also works at the Advanced Aesthetics Clinic as well.

Her favourite way to switch off is yoga and she says she is “thoroughly enjoying the ‘chill out’ time.”

Any chance she gets she says she makes the most of the area that she lives in by spending time with her family on the beach “Family time is very precious to me – I especially love our Saturday morning beach walks, rain, hail or shine.”

Before we said goodbye to Clare and let her get on with her busy schedule we asked her what her advice would be to anyone who is looking to undergo a major surgery.

“This is a very important decision and can be life changing, the best advice I can give is research, research, research. Firstly you must feel comfortable with the decision to have cosmetic surgery, have realistic expectations and confidence in the people you have chosen to take the best care of you. If in any doubt- more research if needed.”

And on the subject of preparing for surgery Clare added – “It is important to be as healthy as possible prior to any surgery- quit smoking, aim to be at your optimal weight, allow yourself enough recovery time- rest is important for recovery. Inform your doctor of any medication you are taking, including herbs, vitamins and minerals. Some supplements such as fish oils, evening primrose oil, garlic oil (in fact all the ‘oils’) can increase the risk of bruising post op so good idea to stop taking these1 week prior to surgery. Oral Arnica may be helpful post operatively to reduce bruising.”

Click here if you would like to book a consultation with Clare or Dr. Dilip Ghankari.


Nina is a TV presenter focusing on beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands and a freelance writer. She is passionate about the welfare of animals, loves to surf, and lives in beautiful Byron Bay.

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