Guide to Melbourne Breast Lift Prices – Breast Lift Surgery Cost
When it comes to breast lift surgery, there are a number of variables that can impact the price. Like a lot of plastic surgery, there is a major price variance when it comes to getting a breast lift. This is because there are multiple factors to consider, including your surgeon’s qualifications, the technique they use, and where your surgery is carried out. Also, whether Medicare or your Private Health Fund will cover some of your costs.
Why Do Breast Lift Prices Vary?
There are 7 main factors that impact the cost of Breast Lift Surgery:
1. WHO will be performing your surgery?
- Is it a GP Doctor or ‘cosmetic surgeon’, a General Surgeon, a Dermatologist or a Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
- What is their level of experience?
- What are their professional accreditations and training qualifications? Are they FRACS, ASPS or ASAPS?
- What are their technical skills? Can they show you many photos of their previous patient results?
- How much long-term patient experience do they have? How long have they been performing this procedure?
2. WHAT exactly is included in Your Surgery Quote / Price Estimate?
- Not all quotes include all the costs you will incur for your breast lift surgery. Are recovery aids, post-operative care, medication, surgery garments, facility fees, anaesthetic cost and other elements covered?
- It’s important that you carefully review your quote, ensuring you can clear up any uncertainties you might have and make sure you aren’t hit with unexpected additions to your bill, post-surgery.
3. WHERE will your surgery be performed?
- Will your surgery take place in a premier accredited hospital under general anaesthetic with an overnight hospital stay for observation and pain management?
- Will you be ‘awake’ during your breast lift using local anaesthetic and sedatives in a clinic backroom or day clinic? – While this option is cheaper, it puts you in a higher risk category. Which can lead to increased discomfort and the chance of complications
- You need to ask yourself if you want to be ‘awake’ during your breast lift, or would you prefer to be in a hospital under general anaesthesia.
4. WHEN will your surgery be performed?
- Are you planning your surgery several months or even further in advance? If you are, you must be aware that prices and Medicare rebate criteria can change. You should consider talking to a member of our Patient Care Team about the criteria for medically indicated breast surgery as well as hospital fees.
5. WHY are you having the procedure?
- Are you having a breast lift procedure, solely for cosmetic reasons, or is it a medically indicated surgery?
- If you are having your Mastopexy surgery for corrective/medical reasons, it might increase the cost of your procedure as it may be more complicated than a standard Breast lift.
6. HOW will your surgery be planned and performed?
- How long is your breast lift procedure going to take? Has your surgeon fully customised, planned and tailored your surgery to you?
- Breast lift surgery generally takes between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure (new doctors up to 4 hours). Of course, the time it takes to complete your procedure depends on what type of breast surgery you have chosen.
- There are many variations, and the type you choose can affect how long you spend in the theatre.
- Breast lifts that are more complex need more planning before surgery. They also require more surgical skills and potentially need more theatre time. All these factors can result in a higher cost.
7. YOU – Complexity of your case
- Your Breast lift price may reflect the complexity of your case, your anatomy, pre-existing medical conditions or whether it is a revisionary abdominal surgery.
- The cost of a mastopexy depends on multiple factors. It is not just your surgeon’s level of experience, but also what you want and what you need.
Average Price Ranges for Breast Lift in Melbourne
If you’ve done research into the cost of breast lift surgery already, you may have come across prices ranging anywhere from $9,000 to $15,000 or even higher. This is a significant price difference, which can cause confusion and uncertainty as to the reason for the price difference. While it can be a bit difficult to navigate the price ranges and what makes them different, finding the reasons for the different price ranges can help you make an informed decision.
Below you will find the three categories broken down and explained. However, they are just an estimate and a price guide. All patients require a consultation to get a detailed and accurate assessment of their requirements and surgery options.
Low-Cost Breast Lift Prices in Melbourne
- Most of the ‘surgeons’ in this category are actually GPs and general surgeons and are NOT FRACS Accredited Plastic Surgeons.
- Your ‘surgeon’ might not have the skills required to customise your procedure to you and your needs.
- You may also find that, as they aren’t accredited, they will not have hospital admitting rights, should something not go to plan.
- This surgery is typically not performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital, but rather in a clinic backroom using ‘awake’ or ‘twilight’ anaesthetic.
- It’s also common for Patients to be hit with unexpected out-of-pocket costs, including but not limited to recovery aids, surgical scar management and limited post-operative care.
Mid-Range Breast Lift Prices in Melbourne
In this price range, you can generally expect your breast lift surgery to be performed by a FRACS recognised plastic surgeon but maybe less experienced in breast lift surgery.
Surgery costs will vary depending on other factors, including:
- Surgical Experience and technique (i.e. Anchor or Lollipop technique)
- Is it a revision surgery from a previous procedure?
- What are the patient follow-up care standards and post-surgery recovery aids?
- Are garments provided after surgery to assist in recovery?
- Scar Management treatments post-op.
Premier Breast Lift Surgery Prices in Melbourne
- It will be expertly planned and carried out by a plastic surgeon with FRACS recognition.
- You will typically receive advanced and fully customised breast lift surgery including more modern techniques like the LeJour Lollipop Breast Lift (reduced scarring).
- It will take place in a premier hospital under General Anaesthetic.
What is included in a Quote for Breast Lift Surgery – Mastopexy?
As part of your financial informed consent, your breast lift quote may include fees and costs such as:
- Your Surgeon’s Fee
- Assistant’s Fee
- Anaesthetists Fee
- Surgical Theatre Fee
- Hospital Room Fee – for staying in hospital – 1 or more nights
- Breast Implants if you are having a Breast Lift with Implants Surgery (Augmentation Mastopexy)
- Surgical Extras like a Pain block, Extra Medications etc
- Patient Extras Provided – Post-op Garments, Scar Treatments, After Care etc
Not all quotes are transparent. In other words, not everything is being covered. You could incur extra costs for things like:
- Hospital or day room fees
- Post-operative care
- Surgery garments
- Scar treatments and more
Avoid being hit with unexpected costs post-surgery by making sure you review your price estimate and ask your surgeon any questions to get clarification.
At Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery, we strive to be transparent with all our clients. Our quotes are itemised so you know exactly what you are paying for.
Always Choose a Qualified Plastic Surgeon
- Do NOT choose any doctor who cannot customise your procedure to your wants and needs. No two breasts are the same and therefore no two surgeries should be the same.
- ALL cosmetic surgery is invasive and carries risk. It’s important to know the risks and discuss them with your surgeon so you know what can happen and if they can be minimised.
When choosing a plastic surgeon, this short checklist can help you eliminate ‘surgeons’ that you don’t find suitable:
- Do they have FRACS recognition? (All of Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery Surgeons are Royal Australian College of Surgeons members.)
- Is your surgery going to be fully customised? In other words, will it take your health, skin condition and surgical preferences into account?
- Do they listen to you and respect your views?
- Do they answer any questions or concerns you have?
- Have they provided you with information (written and verbal) about possible risks during your surgery and your recovery?
- Have they communicated openly with you about what surgery can and cannot achieve?
- Do they give expert science-based advice and care?
Furthermore, do not hesitate to ‘shop’ around, and schedule ‘no obligation’ consult appointments with multiple surgeons. Ask them questions and research your options before deciding on what’s right for you and your body.
Will Medicare or Private Health Insurance Cover your Breast Lift Surgery?
Usually, to get coverage from your Private Health Fund, you will need an MBS Item number and the right level of cover.
Medicare covers some Breast Lift patients based on meeting strict criteria. You will most likely only be partially covered for the cost of the surgery.
Choosing a Qualified Plastic Surgeon for your Mastopexy
- It’s important to remember that all cosmetic surgery is invasive and has an element of risk.
- Surgery should always be planned, customised and performed by an accredited plastic surgeon. This reduces risks and needs for revision surgery.
- Everyone is different, and every surgery will be different. Never accept a one-size-fits-all approach.
- For a successful, long-lasting result, a customised procedure is essential.
Read about our Melbourne-based breast lift surgeons and ask us about other surgeons who have FRACS recognition and trusted patient reviews.
About Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is an experienced Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon for breast and abdominoplasty surgery.
Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised abdominoplasty surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery.
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Next Steps in Your Surgical Journey
Want more information about your Procedure?
- Download a Free Procedure Guide on your chosen surgery.
- Visit the FAQs and read patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
- For more information about pricing visit our cost page.
- You can also talk to our Patient Care Team from 9 to 5 pm Monday to Friday on 1300 599 990
About Your First Consultation
- Dr Rubinstein’s Consultation fee is $300.
- A referral from your GP or specialist is essential.
- A referral helps when claiming Medicare or Private Health Insurance coverage.
- Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.
What to Bring to Your Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided.
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.