Price of Cosmetic Surgery in Australia – Costs

How much does cosmetic surgery cost? This helpful resource will discuss average Prices of Cosmetic Surgery in Australia and reasons behind differences in plastic surgery costs. Page updated on 20 November 2018.

Average Price of Cosmetic Surgery in Australia: Explanation of Cost Differences

Significant price differences for cosmetic surgery in Australia may seem confusing to some patients – until they discover what’s covered (and NOT covered) when evaluating cosmetic surgery price differences. How to spot a misleading low-cost advertisement for breast augmentation and other low-rate cosmetic surgery procedures.

It’s important to review what actually covered in your cosmetic surgery price QUOTE – before deciding on a Surgeon. Here’s why.

Price of Cosmetic Surgery in Australia – Average Costs and Ranges

  • You may have noticed DIFFERENCES in prices of cosmetic surgery performed across Australia.
    • you may have seen low cost advertisements for cosmetic surgery and/or
    • ‘breast surgery specials’ and discounted consultations
  • Inducements to surgery such as “specials” are actually against most Australian medical codes for cosmetic surgery.
  • But more significantly, they can lead patients to shop on price rather than quality, which can result in disappointment with surgical results and safety standards.

Below we review average price ranges for cosmetic surgery in Australia including average breast augmentation prices in Melbourne (updated 20 November 2018).

  • Everyone wants an online bargain – but price shopping for cosmetic surgery is NOT recommended.
  • Discounted or low-cost cosmetic surgery (so called ‘specials’) may leave many patients with something they DIDN’T bargain for – an unsatisfactory surgery results, potential disfigurement – or worse.
  • Surgeon TIP: A body, face or nose is NOT replaceable – so shopping on price is NOT recommended. Remember, you can’t ‘return the operation’ once it’s completed.
  • You may have to live with those results for a lifetime.
  • We feel it’s best to choose a reputable surgeon with procedure expertise, rather than go with a discounted ad for a breast augmentation – as patients discuss in the FOUR CORNER’s report on outcomes from low-cost cosmetic surgery (discounted specials).

More importantly, low cost cosmetic surgery v’s premium breast surgery advertisements may be misleading to the general public.

Consumers often remain unaware of differences in surgery types and pricing differences or types of Surgeons who provide these services. This Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Price PAGE is a resource for patients wanting to become informed consumers of Plastic Surgery offers in Australia.

Overview of Price Differences and Australia Cosmetic Surgery Costs (Averages)

We cover price difference and average price ranges below. Before you review average price ranges, recognise Cosmetic Surgery price differences usually reflect:

  • experience of the Surgeon in that procedure
  • formal training and qualifications
  • degree of customisation, advanced techniques and suturing, safety measures and other surgical components
  • hospital operating privileges
  • types of anaesthesia and pain management
  • premium vs cheap brands (breast implants), drains vs no drains
  • incision placement, incision healing aids and rapid-recovery protocols
  • follow-up care
  • post-op necessities
    • garments
    • scar management
    • healing reviews

Consumer warning: Most low-cost procedures are advertised by NON-Specialist surgeons, e.g. a doctor who does NOT have recognition by AHPRA as being a bonafide Plastic Surgeon.


More on cosmetic surgery price differences and cost ranges in Australia:

Low rate cosmetic surgery costs – average prices, cost differences

In general in Australia, cost differences relate to major DIFFERENCES in the operation components which we’ve classified below as:

  • Low Cost Surgery Options
  • Mid-range Priced Cosmetic Surgery Options
  • Premier Plastic Surgery for Cosmetic Procedures

These surgery pricing classifications are outlined below.

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“Choosing a low cost option MAY mean that a less experienced doctor is operating on you, or that they are using cheap implants or less advanced techniques or ‘awake’ surgery methods if they do not operate in an accredited private Hospital.”

Stay informed as a consumer:

Cost Classifications for average Cosmetic Surgery Price Ranges | Plastic Surgeons Resources

+-Low Cost Cosmetic Surgery - Price Ranges and Classifications

Low Cost Cosmetic Surgery – offered as discounts or specials in advertisements – may indicate the following:

  • Usually do not involve a genuine, fully-accredited Australia hospital theatre
    • May be a back room only vs St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Epworth, Masada and St John of God (Berwick).
  • Usually NOT a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
    • Potentially a General Practitioner or skin doctor who may have taken a year-long course but who never gained accreditation and training as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
    • NOTE: most hospitals do not allow a GP or other non-FRACS cosmetic surgeon to operate in their theatre facilities
    • That’s because they are not actual Specialists and
    • Because they do not meet operating qualifications criteria in Australia hospitals
  • May be overseas or a junior doctor rather than one holding Specialist medical and surgical qualifications monitored in Australia.
  • May use less expensive low-quality breast prosthesis rather than reputable brands and highly rated breast implant types or brands, supplied by well-respected manufacturers in Australia.
  • For example, an average low cost or discounted price for Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant Surgery) might be advertised as being from around $7ooo to $9000; and may potentially involve:
    • non-hospital operating conditions (clinic back room – not the best for an emergency situation as shown in ABC’s Four Corners story)
    • awake anaesthetic (twilight) vs general anaesthetic
    • hidden costs for all follow-up care
    • limited post-op care or being charged for all post-operative care reviews
    • no supply of recommended post-op garments
    • no Rapid Recovery pack or healing and recovery aids
    • no scar management such
  • Remember, a cosmetic surgeon is not equal to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in terms of accreditation, formal training, Medical Board and AHPRA recognition and surgical examinations.
  • Suggestion: search our pages for articles Cosmetic Vs Plastic Surgeon.

+-Mid-Range Cosmetic Surgery - Price Ranges and Classifications.

Mid-range cosmetic surgery costs –  average prices, cost differences

  • May – or may not – involve a fully-accredited Australia Private Hospital such as St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Epworth, Masada and St John of God (Berwick).
    • If not in a hospital, may use a high-tech surgical facility that meets accreditation
    • Might be a clinic back room that lacks specialised equipment or sanitation monitoring
  • May or may not involve a highly experienced Plastic Surgeon
    • Check education and AHPRA accreditation and memberships
    • Also check how many operations they have performed
    • Review how long that Surgeon has been in practice in Australia
    • Read their Plastic Surgery Google Reviews and other online social media reviews – hear what patients say
  • May involve a less expensive breast implant (breast prosthesis)
  • May involve a lower-cost breast implant
    • Motiva breast implants are currently the most costly breast augmentation implant options in Australia, yet Motiva has been reported to offer certain advantages
    • Motiva brand implants are ONLY available from certified Plastic Surgeons because manufacturers do not allow Cosmetic Doctors to purchase them because they are not FRACS (Plas)
    • Mentor is also a reputable and reliable brand of breast implants in Australia
  • For example, a mid-range cost Breast Augmentation or mid-rate price for a breast augmentation might be advertised as being from around $9500 to $13,000.
  • A mid-range priced Breast Augmentation under $13,000 MAY potentially involve:

+-Premium Quality Cosmetic Surgery - Price Ranges and Classifications.

Premium quality cosmetic surgery costs  – average prices, cost differences

  • Typically involves surgery performed in a fully-accredited Australia Private Hospital (see list below).
    • A highly-experienced and popular Specialist Plastic Surgeon
    • Surgeon has long-standing reputation in Australia and a local clinic that has positive online reviews
    • Surgeon typically has AHPRA accreditation and recognition as a genuine FRACS (Plas) – e.g., a bonafide Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon
    • Surgeon tends to have current membership in ASAPS, ASPS, ISAPS and more.
    • Surgeon will have performed an extensive numbers of the procedure over many decades (verifiable expertise)
    • Online REVIEWS of the Plastic Surgeon across social media platforms report ‘highly recommended’ and 5-star patient care standards
    • Scars and recovery are properly managed by the Plastic Surgeon and his or her skilled Surgical Nurses rather than Junior Surgeons or practice managers/receptionists
    • TIP: review your Plastic Surgeon’s Google Reviews and other social media reviews – hear what patients say AND ask friends for a recommendation
    • Recognise Cosmetic doctors are NOT equal to Plastic Surgeons in terms of training/accreditation/medical board recognition.
  • May involve a higher cost, premium quality breast implant (e.g., a Motiva breast prosthesis or Mentor implants)
    • Motiva breast implants are the most expensive breast augmentation implant in Australia, however, Motiva has been reported to offer certain advantages
    • Motiva brand implants are ONLY available through certified Plastic Surgeons
      • Manufacturers do not allow general Cosmetic Doctors or non-Plastic Surgeons to offer these premium breast implant brands
    • Mentor is another highly reputable and reliable brand of breast implants in Australia and is slightly lower in cost than Motiva – both are popular with Plastic Surgeons and cosmetic surgery patients Australia
  • For example, a mid-range cost Breast Augmentation or mid-rate price for a breast augmentation might be advertised as being from around $14,000 to $19,000; and may potentially involve:



GUIDES for Plastic Surgery including different types of Surgeons in Melbourne and Sydney

Guide Books for Breast Surgery Processes, Techniques and Recovery Times including returning to exercising

  • Are you looking for our Guide e-books to particular Surgery procedures?
  • Want to better understand details of surgery, including average surgery costs and comparisons of Surgeons in Melbourne and Sydney?
  • Do you want to know more about breast surgery recovery, risks and healing times?

Click here for the list of PDF Guides to explore your Surgery options and what’s involved – a great special resource for reading BEFORE your consultation date with a top Melbourne Surgeon or Sydney Surgeon.

You can also watch our Plastic Surgery VIDEOS or meet our Surgeons at an event.

Guide to cosmetic surgery for consumers


Breast Surgery Procedures in Australia – Top Blogs and Patient Case Study Videos

Read our top-rated Plastic Surgery blogs on the most popular cosmetic procedures in Australia.

Plastic Surgery VIDEOS from Australia’s most respected Surgeons.


Scientific Articles on Breast Reduction: Peer-Reviewed Journals and Publications

Reduction Mastopexy – Quality of Life/Medical Research


Scientific Articles on Breast Augmentation – Further Reading – Publications
American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2016. Plastic Surgery Statistics report 2016 .Retrieved from
Feingold, Alan; March 1992. APA Psychological Bulletin (Vol. 111, No. 2, pages 304-341).
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2015. Millennials, Cosmetic Surgery And Pouty Lips For Valentine’s Day.
Papadopulos, 2007. Quality of life following aesthetic plastic surgery: a prospective study . Source:  Authors: N.A.PapadopulosaL.KovacsaS.KrammerabP.HerschbachcG.HenrichcE.Biemera