How much does Breast Reduction Surgery cost in Melbourne?
When considering Breast Reduction surgery, or any cosmetic procedure for that matter, pricing is often one of the most important factors. As you research your options, you may find that the cost and type of services offered vary significantly. With a multitude of options available when it comes to breast surgery, it’s important to understand what causes prices to differ, and what exactly you can expect from a low, mid-range and high-cost procedure.
This blog will discuss Breast Reduction prices in Melbourne, Australia in further detail, and explore the factors which impact the cost of surgery, including your Surgeon’s expertise and technical skill, pre and post-surgical care, the complexity of your procedure and more.
Why do prices vary?
The cost of Breast Reduction will often vary depending on seven important factors:
WHO is performing the surgery?
- Above all, you should consider your Surgeon’s level of expertise, training and qualifications.
- Is your Surgeon FRACS qualified and very experienced?
- Is your procedure fully customised for your breast condition and desired surgical outcome?
WHAT is included in your surgical quote or price estimate?
- Not every surgical quote may include all of the necessary aspects of your Breast Reduction surgery, such as anaesthetic costs, facility fees, post-operative care, surgery garments, medication, recovery aids and more.
- Be sure to review your price estimate, otherwise, you may be hit with unexpected expenses.
WHEN will your surgery be performed?
- If you are planning surgery several months or more in advance, be aware that prices and medicare rebate criteria may change.
- As a result, we recommend speaking to a member of our Patient Care Team about rapidly-changing hospital fees and criteria for medically-indicated breast surgery.
WHY are you are having the procedure?
- Is your Breast Reduction procedure for purely cosmetic reasons or do you require a medically-indicated surgery?
WHERE will your surgery be performed?
- Will you be under General Anaesthetic in a hospital or under Local Anaesthetic in a clinic back room?
HOW long will your surgery take in theatre?
- The duration of your surgery often depends on the complexity of your chosen procedure. A more complex surgery, for example, to correct severe breast ptosis (drooping), may require additional theatre time. This, in turn, can impact on the price of your procedure.
- The complexity of your Breast Reduction procedure will depend on several factors, including your overall health, existing proportions, skin and breast tissue condition, level of breast ptosis (sagging), nipple position and more.
- A more complex surgery will involve a higher level of planning and surgical expertise to achieve a successful result.
Average price ranges for Breast Reduction
1. Low-cost: prices typically range from $8,000 to $10,000
Low-cost surgery is usually performed in a clinic backroom using ‘awake’ or “twilight’ anaesthetic by a GP or other doctor without RACS recognition.
Surgery in this price range will not be carried out by an accredited Plastic Surgeon in a Hospital, and General Anaesthetic typically is not used. As a result, the procedure may not be fully customised to address your concerns and your ‘Surgeon’ may not have hospital admitting rights should something not go to plan.
Also, patients may experience unexpected out-of-pocket costs, limited post-operative care and no recovery aids or surgical scar management.
If you’re considering backroom surgery options to reduce Breast Reduction costs, we recommend you view the ABC FOUR CORNERS special report on back-room operations.
2. Mid-range: prices typically range from $1o,000 to $14,500
Mid-range surgery may or may not be performed by a genuine Plastic Surgeon in an accredited Hospital. Therefore, be sure to check your Surgeon’s qualifications, expertise and accreditations. It is also important to ask whether they will perform your procedure in a Hospital or clinic back room. If your Surgeon doesn’t use a hospital setting, ask if they have hospital admitting rights should something not go to plan.
Surgery in this price range may not include post-operative care, recovery aids and scar management.
3. Premium surgery: prices typically range from $15,000 to $22,000 or higher
Premium level surgery is typically performed by a highly-regarded Breast Reduction Surgery expert with full FRACS. (A Specialist Plastic Surgery recognition including Cosmetic and Reconstructive).
As a result, you can expect your Surgeon to have advanced training and extensive experience, and to perform your procedure in an accredited hospital.
Surgery in this price range will often include General Anaesthetic administered by a seasoned Anaesthetic team, as well as quality scar minimisation and pain management, an overnight hospital stay, post-operative garments and extensive follow-up care.
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