Guide to Breast Reduction Prices in Melbourne
If you’re considering getting a Breast Reduction chances are you’ve already researched how much it could cost you and found that the prices can vary drastically, this may have left you feeling confused and unsure as to why there is such a price variance for what seems to be the same procedure. We want you to be as informed as possible so you know what you’re paying for. This blog will break down and explain the different factors that impact the three main price points for Breast Reduction surgery in Melbourne, Australia. We aim to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.
Why do prices vary?
THE COST OF BREAST REDUCTION surgery will often Vary depending on Seven Important Factors
Who, What, Where, When, Why, How and Complexity. It’s important to know all these aspects before you make your final decision.
WHO is performing the surgery?
- Who is your surgeon?
- Are they a qualified Plastic Surgeon?
- What is their level of training and expertise?
- What are their qualifications?
- Does your Surgeon have FRACS recognition?
- Has your procedure been fully customised to you and your needs?
WHAT is included in your surgical quote or price estimate?
- Not all quotes are ‘all-inclusive’ and transparent with total costs.
- Some surgical quotes will not include all of the necessary aspects of your Breast Reduction Make sure your quote includes costs like;
- – Anaesthetic.
- – Facility fees.
- – Surgical garments.
- – Medication.
- – Recovery Aids.
- – Post-operative care.
- Make sure you review and understand your price estimate otherwise; you could be hit with unexpected expenses.
WHEN will your surgery be performed?
Have you booked it a few months or even further in advance? Medicare rebate criteria can change quickly and could impact on your cost. You can talk to our Patient Care Team about rapidly-changing hospital fees and criteria for medically-indicated breast surgery.
WHY are you are having the procedure?
Are you having your Breast Reduction procedure because of medical reasons or for purely cosmetic ones? If your surgery is for medical reasons it may require more consultations and planning which could increase the price.
WHERE will your surgery be performed?
Will you be in a hospital under General Anaesthetic or will your surgery be performed in a Clinic backroom with Local Anaesthetic or ‘twilight’ sedation?
HOW long will a breast reduction take in theatre?
Is your procedure straight forward or complicated? Is your surgeon experienced? Are they a qualified Plastic Surgeon? How many times have they performed this surgery? All of these factors can affect the time you spend on the operating table. Which in turn can affect the cost?
The complexity of your Breast Reduction procedure can impact the price. The complexity of your surgery will also depend on several factors, level of breast ptosis (sagging), nipple position, your skin and breast tissue condition, overall health and more. The more complex your surgery is the more planning and surgical expertise required to achieve a successful result.
Average price ranges for Breast Reduction
LOW-COST: PRICES TYPICALLY RANGE FROM $8,000 TO $12,000
- Performed in a clinic backroom.
- Surgery will be performed by a GP or Doctor without RACS recognition.
- Local Anaesthetic
- Awake/twilight sedation.
Surgery performed in this price range will not be carried out by an accredited Plastic Surgeon, under General Anaesthetic in a Hospital. It may be performed by a GP or doctor who specialises in an area other than Plastic Surgery. Because of this your ‘Surgeon’ might not have the skills required to customise your procedure to your wants and needs, you might also find they do not have Hospital admitting rights should you have complications during surgery.
As a Patient in the low-cost category you might discover that there are things that are not included that you would expect to be, such as but not restricted to;
– Limited post-operative care.
– Unplanned out-of-pocket costs.
– No recovery aids.
– No surgical scar management.
We know that the low-cost can seem appealing, for obvious reasons, but we highly recommend you view the ABC FOUR CORNERS special report on back-room operations before you make your decision.
MID-RANGE: PRICES TYPICALLY RANGE FROM $10,000 to $14,500
Mid-range surgery is a bit harder to break down as it has more variables. If you go for Breast Reduction Surgery in this price range you need to ask questions to ensure you know what you are paying for.
Your surgery might or might not be performed by a genuine Plastic Surgeon and could be performed in an accredited hospital or a clinic backroom if it’s being performed in a backroom does your surgeon have hospital admitting rights if something goes wrong. Also, make sure you check not only your Surgeon’s qualifications and expertise but also their accreditations.
You must get your quote broken down and ask if your post-operative care, recovery aids and scar management are included, or if these are an additional cost.
PREMIUM BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY: PRICES TYPICALLY RANGE FROM $15,000 to upwards of $22,000
In the Premium price range, your surgery will typically be performed by a Highly-skilled Breast Reduction Surgeon that has full FRACS recognition.
FRACS recognition is only given to surgeons that have completed at least 12 years of surgical and medical education, as well as a minimum of 5 years specialist postgrad training.
Because of your surgeons level of training and experience, you can expect your procedure to be performed in an accredited hospital, with your General Anaesthetic being administered by a seasoned Anaesthetic team, as well as management of your pain, an overnight hospital stay, post-operative garments, extensive follow-up care and quality scar management. All of which are commonly covered in your quoted cost. Most quotes in this range are ‘inclusive’ and don’t have hidden fees (unlike the low and mid-price range) however it is advisable to get your quote broken down so you are aware of the costs and can ask any relevant questions before your surgery.