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What is the Cost of Breast Implants and Who Is the Best Surgeon?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

If you are interested in breast augmentation with breast implants you probably have many questions. The following are some of the questions we will be answering in our future blogs.

  • What is the cost of breast implant surgery?
  • Who is the best plastic surgeon to perform breast implant surgery?
  • What is the best breast implant (saline or silicone)?
  • What size breast implants would be best for me?
  • How is breast implant surgery performed?
  • What is the recovery after breast implant surgery?
  • What are the risks of breast implant surgery?
What is the cost of breast implant surgery?

When inquiring about breast implant surgery you are likely to discover a wide range of costs.  You must, therefore, make sure that the quote is all inclusive.

The cost of breast implant surgery includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee, the cost of the implants, the bed and theatre fee, the GST and all normal aftercare including your post-operative visits, your post-operative medication, dressings and bra.

In some cases (such as where the breasts at least 10% unequal in size) Medicare and your health insurance organization (if you are insured) will pay for part of the cost and GST may not be applicable.

When you call Avenue Plastic Surgery, we will provide you with a total out-of-pocket cost and will be able to advise you if any rebates are applicable.

Who is the best plastic surgeon to perform breast implant surgery?

There are many plastic surgeons in Australia who are skilled and experienced in breast implant surgery.  The qualifications to check for are that they are a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). These are the minimum requirements.

Your General Practitioner may be a good source of information as to who is a reputable plastic surgeon in your area.  You may also be recommended to a plastic surgeon by a friend or relative.

It may be useful to obtain a second opinion from another plastic surgeon (not just their patient counselor) and then decide for yourself who is the best plastic surgeon for you.  The most expensive is not necessarily the best nor is the cheapest always the worst! Advertisements and advice given in the Media can be misleading. You should take into account a surgeon’s qualifications, their experience, the quality of information provided, their accessibility, and even the surgeon’s personality and how well you get along. Remember that you will have to rely on your surgeon and you must be confident in his or her skill, judgment and commitment – especially if you have any post-operative complications or concerns. Having breast implants is not just about the surgery as the after care is very important. You may have concerns after many years and need expert advice. This is why travelling overseas for breast implants may not be wise. Travelling to Asia for a combined operation and holiday may seem cheaper than surgery in Australia but what do you do if you develop a complication months or years later? Will the surgeon be able to see you and offer advice? The reality is that it is difficult to ascertain even the type of implant that was inserted, let alone the size and the operative details. Certain implants inserted overseas have failed registration requirements in Australia and are not covered by our normal product guarantee.

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