How much does Breast Augmentation Cost?

How much does Breast Augmentation Cost?

Hey folks,

I thought this blog post might help clarify a few things regarding how much your breast augmentation procedure will cost. From start to finish.

  • The cost of a consultation is $250 and that covers a 1 hour consultation with me, plus any further pre-op visits. This includes the use of the 3D Vectra camera, the external sizing  kit and of course a thorough clinical assessment.
  • Should you decide to proceed to surgery, then you get another 1 hour consultation with my practice nurse at no extra cost to you. She will go through everything with you. Including medications, fitting of post-operative garments and of course how to reach me (anytime) during your recovery period.
  • So lets get down to cost of surgery and what you need to be aware of when you shop around for a surgeon. I know there are other surgeons who offer financing. Such as $4900 up front and $100/week for 2 years, which adds up to a lot more than you think. My personal belief is that surgeons should not offer financing for an operation because lets be frank we are not selling a car. Breast augmentation is an elective procedure and you shouldn’t have to put yourself in debt to pay for it.
  • It has been brought to my attention that there are practices in Sydney that offer $5900 for a breast augmentation. Somewhere along the clinical path they will be cutting costs. What they don’t tell you is:
    •  Who is doing the operation? They certainly are not plastic surgeons. Most likely GPs or other doctors who are not members of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon (RACS) (the only governing body for surgeons in Australia). Occasionally, they may be a member of RACS, but usually their qualifications are as a general surgeon and not a specialist plastic surgeon.
    • Where will the procedure be done? In facilities that aren’t accredited day surgeries or hospitals. These facilities don’t have a license to give general anaesthetic. So to save money the procedure is done whilst you are awake and heavily sedated, awesome!
    • What implants are used? Certainly not the best implants, usually the 2nd tier products that are considerably cheaper. There is a reason why a BMW costs more than a KIA! You get what you pay for.

So how much do I charge for a breast augmentation?

  • Hospital fee: I only use accredited facilities such as North Shore Specialist Day Hospital ($1800) or St Luke’s Hospital ($2200).  Almost everyone chooses North Shore, except if you are having another procedure such as a tummy tuck or rhinoplasty and wish to stay overnight. In that case St Luke’s is better because it has overnight facilities.
  • Anaesthetists fee: $600.
  • Implants: I only use the top 2 implant companies in Australia, Allergan and Mentor. The reason is simple, they have over 30 years of research and development behind each implant.  This gives me, and you assurance that they won’t cause you any ill-health in the future. (unlike the PIP French Implant saga that we have recently witnessed).
    • Allergan:
      • Anatomical $1500/implant
      • Round $1000/implant
  • Mentor:
    • Anatomical $1000/implant
    • Round $650/implant
  • My fees: Currently they sit around $5500. This includes every post-op visit for the entirety of your care.
  • Assistance fee: $200. I work at the 2 largest teaching hospitals in Sydney and each year I have 12 future plastic surgeons working with me. As part of this mentorship they assist me in the operating theatre. Their assistance in the operating is invaluable, well worth the $200.
  • I hope this has been helpful, I have summarised the fees once again below.

 

Round Mentor Anatomical Mentor Round Allergan Anatomical Allergan
 Theatre fee $1800 $1800 $1800 $1800
Anaesthetists  Fee $600 $600 $600 $600
Implant x2 $1300 $2000 $2000 $3000
Assistance Fee $200 $200 $200 $200
My fee $5500 $5500 $5500 $5500
TOTAL  $9400 $10,100 $10,100  $1100.00

 

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