Guide to Melbourne Breast Reduction Prices
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. Below is a list of questions you should have the answers to before you have your surgery.
First of all, WHO is performing the surgery?
- Is you surgeon a qualified Plastic Surgeon?
- What is their level of training and expertise?
- Qualifications – what do they have?
- Does your Surgeon have FRACS recognition?
- Is your procedure fully customised to you?
Second, you need to ask WHAT is included in your surgical quote/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. So, 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. Or, you can get hit with unexpected expenses.
Third, you need to ask WHEN your surgery will 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.
Then ask WHY 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.
Next, is WHERE your surgery will 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 can, in turn, affect the cost.
Finally, the complexity of your Breast Reduction procedure can impact the price. The complexity of your surgery will depend on several factors including your level of breast ptosis (sagging) and nipple position, as well as, your skin and breast tissue condition. Overall health and other factor can also impact on the complexity of your surgery.
The more complex your surgery is the more planning and surgical expertise required to achieve a successful result.
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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 not only your wants but also your needs. You might also discover that they do not have Hospital admitting rights if there are 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.
While it may be true that the low-cost can seem appealing, for obvious reasons, 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
In truth, the Mid-range surgery is harder to break down as it has more variables. With this in mind, if you go for Breast Reduction Surgery in this price range you need to ask questions accordingly.
In other words, you need to ensure you know what you are paying for, your surgery might or might not be performed by a genuine Plastic Surgeon.
It could be performed in an accredited hospital or a clinic backroom. Is it’s being performed in a backroom because your surgeon does not have hospital admitting rights if something goes wrong?
Also, make sure you check not only your Surgeon’s qualifications and expertise but their accreditations as well.
Similarly, we highly recommend getting your quote broken down. At any rate, you should ask if your post-operative care, recovery aids and scar management are included, or if they incur 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.*
* To clarify, FRACS recognition is only given to surgeons that have completed a minimum, 12 years of surgical and medical education. As well as a minimum of 5 years of specialist postgrad training.*
Because of your surgeons level of training and experience, you can expect your procedure to be performed in an accredited hospital. You can also expect;
- General Anaesthetic, administered by a seasoned Anaesthetic team.
- Management of your pain
- An overnight hospital stay
- Post-operative garments
- Extensive follow-up care
- Quality scar management
Most quotes in this range are ‘inclusive’. In other words, they don’t have hidden fees (unlike the low and mid-price range) however we still advise getting a quote brake down so you are aware of the costs and can ask any relevant questions before your surgery.
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