Cosmetic Surgery Prices in Melbourne, Victoria
Some of the factors that contribute to how much surgery costs, or how much a surgeon charges include:
Experience with the procedure (or less qualified doctor) in question. Formal training and qualifications. Customisation for advanced techniques and safety measures. Plus other surgical components including type and length of anaesthesia, pain management, follow-up care, and post op recovery aids.
Why do Cosmetic Surgery Prices Differ?
Major price differences for plastic cosmetic surgery procedures often reflect the type of Doctor or Surgeon who is performing the operation. For instance what their skills, expertise level and qualifications are.
While significant price differences may be confusing to cosmetic surgery patients at first, these differences typically indicate the surgery is either:
- Not inclusive of everything needed.
- Surgery will not be done by an expert specialist plastic surgeon.
- Or, it’s being done using local anaesthetic methods in a backroom clinic. NOT a general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital.
It is important to be sure you’ve chosen a genuinely qualified surgeon. Look for someone who is AHPRA-recognised as being a Specialist Plastic Surgeon rather than just a so-called ‘cosmetic doctor’ (a GP or skin disease doctor). Why? There is often a huge difference in training and ongoing education for Plastic Surgeons vs other types of doctors who enter the cosmetic surgery field.
Furthermore, Plastic Surgeons are typically the most qualified and/or extensively tested in surgical skills for cosmetic, plastic surgery and reconstructive procedures. If not, you may end up surprised at how little experience your Surgeon actually has in your procedure. If they’re not a specialist Plastic Surgeon, they will tend to not have hospital operating and admitting rights. In other words, they’ll only be able to operate in their own day surgery centres or back room (not recommended).
Cost of Cosmetic Surgery – Low Price Range
Low cost surgery offered as discounts or specials, surgery deals or packages in advertisements – may indicate the following:
- Usually do NOT involve a genuine, fully-accredited Australia private hospital theatre.
- Maybe a Day Surgery centre or a back room of a clinic with lower standards.
- 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-FRCS cosmetic surgeon to operate in their theatre facilities.
- This is due to the fact that they are not actual Specialists and
- Because they do not meet the operating qualifications criteria in Australia hospitals.
- Maybe overseas or a junior doctor rather than one holding Specialist medical and surgical qualifications monitored in Australia.
- Moreover, they 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 cosmetic Surgery may potentially involve:
- non-hospital operating conditions. For instance a 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.
- Rapid Recovery pack or healing and recovery aids not provided.
- no scar management.
- 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.
Cost of Cosmetic Surgery – Medium Price Range
- May or may not – involve operating in a fully-accredited Australia Private Hospital.
- 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.
- Might or might not involve a highly experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
- Check education and AHPRA registration, RACS 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.
- Possibility of a less expensive breast implant being used (breast prosthesis)
- Motiva breast implants are currently the most costly breast augmentation implant options in Australia, yet Motiva has been reported to offer certain advantages.
- A mid-range priced Cosmetic Surgery MAY potentially involve:
- A quality operating facility (private theatre) OR
- A genuine accredited Private Hospital in Australia.
- Twilight Anesthetic OR General Anaesthetic from a qualified Hospital Anaesthetist (facility dependent, may vary for mid-range priced cosmetic surgery offers).
- May or may not include follow up care and reviews – review your cosmetic surgery price quote.
- Likely to supply post-op garments (review your cosmetic surgery price quote for details).
- May or may not provide extras such as bandages.
- Rapid Recovery packages and other recovery aids may not be included.
- High-tech scar management may also not be included.
- Often lacks extras that premium cosmetic surgery prices and costs include in their Quotes.
Cost of Cosmetic Surgery – Premium Price Range
Typically involves surgery performed in a fully-accredited Australia Private Hospital (see list below).
- A highly-experienced and popular Specialist Plastic Surgeon
- That has a long-standing reputation in Australia and a local clinic that has positive online reviews
- A surgeon that typically has AHPRA accreditation and recognition as a genuine FRCS (Plas) – e.g., a bonafide Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon
- Current membership in ASAPS, ASPS, ISAPS and more.
- The surgeon will have performed an extensive number 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).
- A genuine accredited Private Hospital in Australia.
- General Anaesthetic from a skilled and fully-qualified Hospital Anaesthetist.
- Full Customisation: includes extensive measuring and planning including 3D imaging or scientifically-inspired implant size selection.
- May include a revision surgery clause or additional correctional surgery (such as inverted nipple correction or asymmetry correction for very uneven breasts).
- Follow up: often includes follow up care and post-op surgery reviews for a longer period of time.
- Initially recommended post-op garments for surgery are often provided (but check your quote for details).
- Should include Rapid Recovery package or other recovery aids.
- May also include high-tech scar management especially if the surgery is a breast lift with augmentation or a breast reduction.
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Dr Patrick Briggs
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
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*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general information only. For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.