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Cosmetic Surgery Prices in Melbourne, Victoria

Understanding the factors contributing to the cost of procedures is essential for anyone considering cosmetic surgery.

The price of plastic surgery can vary significantly depending on various factors, by delving into these factors, patients can gain valuable insights into why plastic surgery costs what it does and make informed decisions about their treatment options.

Below, we explore the key factors that influence the price tag attached to plastic surgery, shedding light on the various elements that contribute to the overall cost.

Procedure complexity

The complexity of the plastic surgery procedure itself can influence the cost. More intricate or extensive surgeries typically require more time, resources, and expertise, resulting in higher costs.

Surgeon’s experience and expertise

Experienced and skilled surgeons often charge higher fees due to their expertise and reputation in the field.

Geographic location

The cost of plastic surgery can vary depending on the region or city where the procedure takes place. Areas with higher living costs or a higher demand for plastic surgery tend to have higher prices.

Facility fees

The fees associated with the surgical facility, including operating room expenses, equipment, and staff, can contribute to the overall cost.

Anesthesia fees

If the surgery requires anesthesia, the type of anesthesia and the anesthesiologist’s fees will be a factor into the overall cost.

Pre- and post-operative care

Consultations, medical tests, medications, post-operative garments, and follow-up appointments are additional factors that can influence the overall cost.

Additional procedures or treatments

If additional procedures are performed in conjunction with the primary surgery, such as; combining breast augmentation with a breast lift, it can affect the total cost.

Market demand and competition

In areas with a high demand for plastic surgery and a competitive market, surgeons may adjust their prices accordingly.

Reputation and credentials of the surgeon

Surgeons with specific credentials, memberships in professional organisations, or a high demand for their services may charge higher fees.

Surgical techniques and technology

Specific surgical techniques or the use of new technology can sometimes result in higher costs.

Insurance coverage

Plastic surgery procedures that are considered cosmetic in nature are typically not covered by insurance, so patients are responsible for the full cost. However, procedures performed for medical reasons may be partially or fully covered by insurance, reducing the out-of-pocket expenses for patients.

Individual patient factors

Specific patient factors, such as their unique anatomy, medical history, and desired outcomes, can also impact the cost of plastic surgery as personalised treatment plans may require additional considerations or resources.

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, 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/hidden costs.
  • Surgery will not be done by an experienced specialist plastic surgeon.
  • Or, it is no being done with a general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital.

It is important to be sure you’ve chosen a qualified surgeon. Look for someone who is AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) recognized as being a Specialist Plastic Surgeon rather than a ‘cosmetic doctor’ (a General Practitioner or skin doctor).

Why? There is often a difference in training and ongoing education for Plastic Surgeons vs other types of doctors who enter the cosmetic surgery field.

So, how can you tell? Generally, if they’re not a specialist Plastic Surgeon, they will tend to not have hospital operating and admitting rights.

In Australia, in order to be a plastic surgeon, they must have the following qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in medicine, typically a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.
  • A minimum of two years of general medical training as a junior hospital doctor.
  • Completion of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) surgical education and training program, which includes at least five years of accredited surgical training, with at least two years in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Plastic surgeons in Australia must also be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to the standards and guidelines set forth by the Medical Board of Australia.

Plastic Surgery 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 they do NOT involve a fully-accredited Australia private hospital theatre.
  • Usually NOT a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
    • Potentially a General Practitioner or skin doctor who hasn’t gotten accreditation and the training as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
    • Please note, most hospitals do not allow a General Practitioner (GP) or other non-FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons)cosmetic surgeon to operate in their theatre facilities.
  • Maybe overseas or a junior doctor rather than one holding Specialist medical and surgical qualifications monitored in Australia.
  • Moreover, they may use less expensive breast prosthesis rather higher rated breast implant types or brands,.
  • 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.awake anaesthetic (twilight) vs general anaesthetic.As well as, hidden costs for all follow-up care and limited post-op care. In fact you may have to pay extra for all post-operative care reviews.
    • no supply of recommended post-op garments.
    • Recovery pack or healing and recovery aids not provided.
    • no scar management.
  • Remember, a cosmetic surgeon is different to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in terms of accreditation, formal training, Medical Board and AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) recognition and surgical examinations.

Plastic surgery 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 surgical facility that meets accreditation.
    • Might be a clinic back room.
  • Might or might not involve an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
  • Possibility of a less expensive breast implant being used (breast prosthesis)
  • 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.
    • Recovery packages and other recovery aids may not be included.
    • Scar management may also not be included.
    • Often lacks extras that high cosmetic surgery prices and costs include in their Quotes.

Plastic Surgery Cost of Cosmetic Surgery – High Price Range

Typically involves surgery performed in a fully-accredited Australia Private Hospital (see list below).

  • An experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • A surgeon that typically has AHPRA accreditation and recognition as a genuine FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons) (Plas) – e.g., a bonafide Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon
  • Current membership in ASAPS (Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons ), ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and more.
  • The surgeon will have performed an large number of the procedure over many decades
  • 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 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, different quality breast implant.
  • A genuine accredited Private Hospital in Australia.
  • General Anaesthetic from a 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 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 Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 9 AM – 5 PM on Weekdays.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 Or Email us.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400.

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.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is essential (as of the 1st July 2023).
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.


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