Given the complexity of plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures and the various professionals involved in making it happen, it should come as no surprise as to why there are several things to consider when it comes to the costs involved. We spoke to Dr Patrick Briggs from Subiaco, WA who understands it can be hard for patients to wrap their head around the costs and wanted to help us break them down.
Each surgeon has his or her own fixed fee for every procedure. Do not hesitate to enquire about what this might be upfront, at your first consult. Dr Patrick Briggs also advises that you take time to ask the surgeon, or his staff, for a breakdown of costs that will be involved should you choose to go with that particular surgeon. Some surgeons will quote you their fee only (exclusive of the other cost considerations we have listed below) and some will have “package” prices that include all or most of what we have listed below.
Usually, charges are made on a per-hour basis. Learn the payment terms in detail.
The cost of your hospital stay can vary greatly. It depends on some important factors: the complexity of the procedure, the time it takes to perform the procedure, the qualifications/location of the hospital itself, as well as the actual time you will need to spend in hospital (per night).
Availability of Medicare and Other Health Funds
On average, funding costs are expected to differ based on the hospital and patient’s coverage. Not all procedures are qualified for Medicare funding – in fact, very few cosmetic surgery procedures are. Should your procedure be considered eligible, your health fund may cover a portion of your fees. To clarify your exact level of cost, review your policy thoroughly.
Dr Briggs suggests, “If a Medicare item number is applicable then a health fund will usually contribute towards your fees, depending on your policy and level of cover. Prices vary as they depend on the hospital used and individual’s level of cover. If you wish to obtain an estimation of fees my staff will always endeavour to give you a fair idea of what costs may be involved. Prices are often customised for multiple procedure surgeries depending on the patient’s needs and desires. Finalisation of costs of some procedures however may require a consultation, examination and determination of the applicability of a Medicare item number.”
Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Packages
Some surgeons, such as Dr Briggs, offer plastic and cosmetic surgery packages. These packages simplify the costings so you know how much you will be up for when it comes to the cost of your surgery. Dr Briggs’ packages cover the his fees, the anesthetist fees, your hospital fees plus 6 weeks of post-operative care. These are Dr Briggs’ prices only, and any packages that other surgeons offer may vary in price.
• Breast Augmentation Complete – $9,800
• Mastopexy (Breast Lift) – $10,000
• Mastopexy and Breast Augmentation – $15,500
• Bilateral Upper Blepharoplasty (Eyelids) – $3,500
• Bilateral Lower Blepharoplasty (Eyelids) – $3,500
• Bilateral Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (Eyelids) – $5,800
Not all surgeons offer packages, so you need to check what’s included in any price that is quoted to you when you are researching your surgeon.
If you’d like to arrange a consultation with him phone (08) 9381 9300 or email email@example.com.
*This blog is written by Trish Hammond, founder of Plastic Surgery Hub with the help of information from Dr Patrick Briggs. We have very gratefully reposted her work to inform and educate our customers. You can find more of Trish’s wonderful articles at: www.plasticsurgeryhub.com.au
Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn’t mind a little bit of ‘help’ from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.