Before deciding in undergoing the procedure for breast augmentation, firstly you will have to do some thorough research, finding the best specialist and of course you need to know what it costs.
Yes, it may seem impossible to find a reliable figure, you may not know the exact costs, and you could not find them online. Well, it has to do with the rules and regulations surgeons and other providers of medical services have to follow. According to the guidelines, “appropriate advertising may contain “ a statement about fees charged, bulk-billing arrangements, or other insurance plan arrangements and installment fee plans regularly accepted.” The Medical Board of Australia acknowledges that this put surgeons and doctors in a difficult position and the Guidelines themselves make this statement:
“It is generally difficult to provide an accurate price of a health service in an advertisement due to the personal nature of such services and the number of variables involved in the treatment of each person. Any person advertising regulated health services should be very careful when including price information in health service advertising due to the significant potential for such information to mislead or encourage the unnecessary use of health services.
“If fees and price information are to be advertised, then price information should be exact, with all fees for services clearly identifiable, and any conditions or other variables to an advertised price or fee disclosed.”
Surgeons can only give you estimate but the price may vary according to your choice of implants. If you want specific information, they advise having an initial consultation, which of course, costs money.
What makes up the total cost of a breast augmentation procedure?
The estimate costs are made up of a number of components:
- Surgeon’s fees – Approximately $6500 AUD
- Anesthetist’s fees – Approximately $1000 AUD
- Hospital costs – Approximately $1500 AUD
- Cost of implants – Approximately $950 AUD
- Ongoing check-up costs – Approximately $250 AUD per visit
- Grand Total – Around $10,000 – $15,000 AUD
Here are the components of the cost in details:
The surgeon’s fee usually includes the cost of the entire breast augmentation surgery, pre and post-operative care, no need to pay extra for the post-operative follow-up visits.
The surgeon’s fees for breast augmentation depend on the surgeon you choose. This varies on surgeon’s expertise in breast surgery, including professional qualifications, experience, professional recognition and popularity.
Each surgeon must provide a detailed breakdown of costs at the initial consultation.
Initial consultation fees
Consultation fees fall in the range of $50 to $500 (AUD). You will have to pay an initial consultation fee when you first see a surgeon regarding breast augmentation.
The fee depends on the qualifications on the anesthetist who will attend, whether it’s a GP or a qualified anesthetist who is performing the procedure.
On average, you expect this fee to be around $1,000 AUD, but may be variations. The anesthetist attending to you at your breast enhancement procedure is literally in charge of your life and vital functions during the time you are asleep. Besides safety, your anesthetist will also be a factor in making sure of your comfort both during and after the surgery.
Cost of breast implants
Usually, the surgeon will discuss these details with you. There are multiple implant brands sold in Australia, all of which have the approval if the Therapeutic Goods Administration. First, you need to select the type of implant that you want. Although the choice is between saline and silicone breast implants, most surgeons in Australia recommend silicone breast implants.
Also, prices may vary on the following:
- Brand, texture, and shape of the implants. Surgeon will help you determine the best texture and shape and will recommend a brand that he or she approves and has used before
- The size you choose. Size basically means the bra cup size you’d want to have after the breast enhancement operation. The larger the size, the higher your breast implant costs are going to be.
It is important to choose an accredited facility with well-trained staff and high standards. The fees vary significantly from facility to facility. Your health and safety during and after the procedure are at stake. Hospital fees can start at $1,500 AUD and vary can vary depending on the procedure, and how will you stay in the hospital.
There may be other costs involved, over and above the key components mentioned above. What might they be?
- Cost of medical tests, if any– Depending upon your health and any medical conditions you might have, certain medical tests may be necessary before surgery. You will have to pay for them separately.
- Supportive garments – You will need special garments to support your breasts until you have fully recovered. These, too, cost money, but it will be a relatively small amount.
- Revision surgery costs– If you or your surgeon feels there is a need for revision surgery, additional costs will obviously be involved, including another round of the above cost elements mentioned above. Check with your surgeon before your surgery about the cost of a revision, how it works and what might make revision procedures necessary.
Also, you need to clarify with your insurance if breast augmentation is covered, what exactly is and is not covered before booking the surgery. Medicare does not cover the costs of breast augmentation as it’s considered a purely cosmetic procedure.
If you are having difficulty for the funding of your procedure, you may consider acquiring a loan for the procedure at a cheaper interest rate. Ask us how!