Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgeries today. By altering breast shape and size, breast augmentation can help correct under-development or asymmetrical breasts, replace volume lost from breastfeeding or weight loss, and reconstruct tissues after mastectomy. If you want a fuller, more shapely bustline and are considering breast augmentation, you will want to know all the facts about the procedure, including costs and payment options.
Treatment Costs and Payment Options
The average cost of breast augmentation in Australia ranges from $10,000 to $18,000, depending on the type of implants, the surgeon and anesthesiologist, and the facility where the surgery will be performed. Other costs may include pain medication, garments, and lab tests. Some surgeons include everything in their fee, while others don’t. When you’re evaluating your options and comparing surgeons and locations, be sure to ask whether the price you’re quoted includes all fees, including replacement costs or follow-up visits. Our breast implants are covered by a lifetime manufacturer’s policy of free implant replacement if there is any loss of implant integrity. As an elective surgery, the cost of breast augmentation is not usually covered by health insurance, except in cases of reconstructive surgery after mastectomy. We accept other payment methods, including major credit cards, personal checks, and cash. For an exact price quote, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Once we evaluate your medical history and agree on the desired outcome, we will be able to outline the costs of your individualized treatment plan and discuss which payment options might be best for you.
Silicone versus Saline
The type of implants you choose affects the total treatment cost, with silicone implants typically costing more. Both implants have a soft silicone outer shell, but one is filled with silicone gel and the other is filled with a saline (saltwater) solution. Some people believe that implants filled with silicone gel are softer and more natural-feeling, but studies have shown that when implants are placed behind the muscle, it’s very difficult to tell the difference, unless you’re an experience surgeon. It’s worth remembering, too, that leaks from silicone implants can be hard to detect and end up in the lymph nodes. That’s why silicone implants should be checked with an MRI every two years. Saline implants have obvious safety advantages, since the saltwater solution is very similar to our body’s natural composition.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery to help you feel more confident and beautiful, the last thing you want is a bad outcome that looks unnatural. To find the most qualified doctor, you should compare training, experience, and proven success. Our skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, Mr. Allan Kalus, has performed over 3,000 breast enlargement procedures in Melbourne. He has the highest professional qualifications, as a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of The Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Mr. Kalus will take plenty of time to understand your goals and provide an expert recommendation to achieve the size, shape, and feel you desire. At Avenue Plastic Surgery, we have been performing breast enlargement surgery for over 20 years. Most surgeries can be performed as a Day Case, which means you will be able to go home by 4.00 pm the same day. We are registered with the Department of Human Services of Victoria as a Private Hospital and Accredited by Global Mark to ISO International Standards. You’ll appreciate our friendly, compassionate staff and fully equipped, private operating theatre.
A Note about Holiday Surgeries
Although many Australians are booking discount cosmetic surgery holidays in Asia, we strongly advise against that treatment option. It may seem like a bargain to take a pampered spa trip and return with a new figure, but low fees for plastic surgery can mean that one or more aspects of your care – such as the surgeon’s experience or the facility’s standards – has been compromised. Don’t put your health at risk.
Learn More about Breast Augmentation
For more information about breast augmentation or breast implants in Melbourne or regional Victoria, we invite you to contact us at Avenue Plastic Surgery today. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream figure!