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How Much Does Plastic Surgery Cost in Melbourne, Australia?
Average prices for cosmetic and plastic surgery cost vary significantly. Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomical considerations and varying surgery needs.
We fully customise all our quotes and estimates for potential patients plastic surgery procedures through a confidential consultation.
There is no pressure from Dr Sackelariou to proceed with surgery. This is to simply start your journey and provide you with accurate information and cost for the procedure.
Plastic and Cosmetic surgery can be expensive. This is due to the multi-faceted cost structure that is normally involved.
It is usual in Cosmetic Surgery throughout the world for all fees including; implants, surgical, anaesthetic and hospital fees, to be paid in advance of your surgery.
Surgery Cost Breakdown
Essentially there are three or four cost aspects to Cosmetic Surgery pricing.
1. Surgical Fees
Firstly, there are the surgical fees. These are fixed and based on an estimate of the time it will take in theatre.
However, these fees will differ from surgeon to surgeon depending on their experience and skill.
Make sure you choose a genuine specialist plastic surgeon and not just a doctor.
Dr Sackelariou and his staff will provide you with an estimation of fees at your consultation.
2. Anaesthetic Costs
Secondly, is the anaesthetist fee. This is the person who administers your general anaesthetic and monitors your wellbeing during the procedure. You will also receive an estimation of these fees prior to your procedure.
Please note – Dr Sackelariou performs all surgeries under general anaesthetic.
3. Hospital Fees
Thirdly, is the hospital fees. All surgeons and anaesthetists are “independent contractors” who utilise the facilities of private hospitals.
Surgeons do not have any financial arrangements with private hospitals. As such they are not part of or have knowledge of the arrangements that private hospitals make with patients. In other words, Dr Sackelariou’s practice is unable to negotiate, discuss or agree on any financial arrangements in regards to hospital fees.
4. Extra Costs – Breast Implants or other Specialised Equipment
Lastly, there are the extra costs.
This includes breast Implants. Most, if not all, Australian surgeons now use implants with a gel filling instead of saline (saltwater) implants.
Although gel implants are more costly, they have a very, low rate of;
- Wrinkling and rippling (seeing or feeling the prosthesis)
- Capsular contracture (hardening of the breasts).
Furthermore, there is a variation in cost between the teardrop anatomical and round implants.
Please note other equipment may also be necessary. For example, a Pain block or Fat Filtering device etc.
Your quote will break down these extra costs.
Paying for your Plastic Surgery
- Payment methods may include; bank transfer, credit card or cash.
- We require a deposit payment to secure surgery theatre dates.
- We also require the full payment at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery theatre date.
- Payment methods we accept, include; MasterCard, Visa, American Express (1.5% surcharge applies), third party financers and direct deposit.
In our clinic, we also accept payment from legitimate third party financers such as TLC (Total Lifestyle Credit).
We suggest you research these companies by Googling medical loans. You may also wish to speak with your financial institution about a personal loan or a low-interest credit card to help assist funding and make a decision that is in your best interest.
Dr Richard Sackelariou has no affiliation with nor does he endorse any particular financing company.
Depending on your procedure your Private Health Insurer and Medicare may also contribute to the funding of your procedure.
Our staff can help explain this to you either over the phone, via an online enquiry or at your initial consultation.
Does Dr Richard Sackelariou ‘Bulk Bill’ Or Offer ‘No Gap’ Surgeries?
Unfortunately, Dr Sackelariou is unable to offer a ‘Bulk Billing’ or ‘No Gap’ service. For a range of procedures, there may be a Medicare rebate available to claim once you have had your surgery.
How do I claim Medicare rebates?
If you have had a procedure that attracts a Medicare item number we will issue you with a receipt for the procedure after your surgery. You will then be able to take that receipt to Medicare for assessment and if eligible process the rebate for you.
After Medicare has assessed and processed your claim, you can then take the Statement of Claim and Benefit Payment to your health fund. Generally, health funds will not pay a rebate on items that Medicare have not assigned a benefit on and if the primary purpose of the surgery was cosmetic they will refuse to pay any benefit.
What About My Superannuation, Can I Use That?
We have had patients over the years access their superannuation on compassionate grounds to pay for medical procedures that are recognised by Medicare. Access may be granted to patients who suffer from medical conditions causing ‘acute or chronic pain’ such as breast reduction and abdominoplasty.
It is not available to those patients wishing to fund cosmetic procedures. You can visit the ATO website for more information on whether you may be eligible.
Do You Offer Payment Plans for Surgery?
Yes! Patients can pay for their surgery in planned increments leading up to their surgery. A PRE payment plan. For example, if you are booked for our Breast Augmentation Complete package in four to six months we welcome you to make weekly payments. This gives patients peace of mind as they know that the total will be paid 2 weeks prior to their surgery date.
If you are interested in a POST payment plan or financed payment plan, we suggest you research by Googling medical finance loans.
When Will I Have To Pay My Surgical Fees?
Fees must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the scheduled procedure. This can be paid by MasterCard, Visa, American Express (1.5% surcharge applies), third party finance and direct deposit.
The fees for the anaesthetic and hospital service will be collected by the third-party providers and do not need to be paid to Dr Sackelariou. The anaesthetist will call you in the two weeks leading up to your surgery and your chosen hospital will take payment upon admission.
Regrettably, if these payments are not made by the due date, your operation will be cancelled.
Finance and Payment Plans for Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery
You can find a range of medical finance providers that offer finance and payment plans for plastic surgery by typing in ‘Medical Finance Australia’ into Google
Medipay and Total Lifestyle Credit may help finance your medical and surgery costs.
Want to learn more? Phone us today – we’re here to help.
Accessing Your Superannuation for Plastic Surgery
By applying through a special government process, Superannuation Funds can sometimes be accessed early to pay for life-changing surgery. This is likely to apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess Early Super Fund Access applications for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your Super Fund. Find out more by visiting the ATO website.
How Do I Get Started On My Surgical Journey?
If you have any further questions about plastic surgery costs including fees, surgery or booking an appointment to see Dr Richard Sackelariou discuss your options please feel free to contact us at any time. You can either contact us on 1300 264 811 or send an email through our website contact form.
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general. For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.