If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, cost and prices are things that are no doubt on your mind.
The costs of plastic surgery vary greatly, depending on the type of procedure being undertaken. Cosmetic surgery costs will also reflect the level of expertise, experience, and often the level of safety provided by the surgeon.
Why do cosmetic surgery prices differ so much?
Put simply, there isn’t an average cost on cosmetic procedures for a number of reasons. Most plastic and cosmetic surgeons work to recommended schedule set out by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and Australian Medical Association, which provides a correlation without unifying costs across procedures. The cost of cosmetic surgery will vary based on your needs and the complexity of the procedure, and most procedures actually have four different, variable costs:
- Surgeon’s Fee – The surgeon’s fee for cosmetic procedures will vary according to the complexity and duration required to complete the surgery
- Theatre Cost – Relates to how long you spend in the operating theatre. This is often called the theatre fee
- Anaesthesia – These charges are based on the type of anaesthesia required, be it local or general, along with the operating procedures of the anaesthetist
- Devices – Breast implants, cheek and chin implants and injectables such as fillers and anti wrinkle injections are referred to as ‘devices’, with prices varying in line with what you require
- You get what you pay for – The best result needs the best surgeon and the best care
A surgeon with the highest qualifications such as Fellow Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS), and Member Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), who uses a fully qualified anaesthetist and operates in a fully accredited hospital will have a higher overall fee, but will offer greater safety, surgical experience and expertise.
Be sure that the fee you think you are paying is the total cost of surgery. A cheaper cost may seem appealing but might not include the fees required from hospitals and support medical practitioners such as anaesthetists.
Questions to Ask About Plastic Surgery Costs
When considering plastic surgery, be sure to consult with a fully qualified plastic surgeon.
Two of the most important cost-related questions you should ask your surgeon during your initial consultation are:
What is included in the fee?
Are payment or finance plans available?
Shopping around and choosing an experienced, qualified cosmetic surgeon to undertake your procedure will ensure that you can enjoy your plastic surgery results without complications.
Dr. Jeremy Hunt is a member of FRACS & ASPS, and has years of experience providing expert cosmetic and plastic surgery solutions in Sydney. Book a consultation with Dr Jeremy today to find out more about the costs of your cosmetic surgery – call (02) 9327 1733.