The Cost of Beauty – What Cosmetic Procedures Really Cost

One of the most common questions prospective patients have regarding cosmetic surgery and other aesthetic enhancement treatments is, “What is it going to cost?” It’s an excellent question, because a complete and thorough understanding of the financial commitment associated with cosmetic enhancement is part of the recipe for a successful outcome.

Average Costs of Top Cosmetic Procedures in Oz

According to our research here are some average costs of the most popular cosmetic enhancement procedures offered by AAFPS members:

Rhinoplasty: $8,000 – $20,000

  • Surgeon’s fees –$5,000 to $15,000, depending on the exact procedure needed
  • Anaesthetist’s fees – $1,250
  • Hospital costs –$1,500 

Average Surgical Costs for a Facelift: $6,500 – $30,000

  • Short scar facelift or endoscopic facelift, – $6,500 to $12,000
  • SMAS facelift and necklift – $17,000 to $25,000
  • Deep plane facelift, $20,000 to $30,000

Liposuction –  $3,000 to $15,000

  • One area of the body – $3,000 – $5,000
  • Two areas of the body – $5,000 – $6,500
  • Three areas of the body – $6,500 – $8,000
  • Four, five or six areas – $9,500 to $15,000

What Affects the Cost of Cosmetic Enhancement in Australia

There is no way to quote an average cost of cosmetic enhancement procedures in general.  How much you will spend varies greatly depending upon several factors.

For example non-surgical cosmetic enhancement costs are determined by

  • The number of areas on the face or body that are being treated.
  • The number of treatment sessions that are required.

For cosmetic surgery procedures, you will need to factor in these four, highly variable costs:

  • Surgeon’s Fee – varies based on the complexity of the procedure and the time that is required. 
  • Day Surgery Costs 
  • Anaesthesiologist Fees 
  • Cosmetic Enhancement Device Costs (e.g., breast implants, injectable cosmetic medicine) 
  • After-Care Costs (special creams, prescription medications, post-op tests, stockings, or pressure bandages/suits that assist the outcome of a procedure)

Insurance reimbursement can also affect the cost of cosmetic surgery in Australia. A procedure that is done solely to improve physical appearance may not be covered by insurance. By contrast, surgery that is reconstructive or necessary to improve the function of a body part may be covered.

Cosmetic Enhancement Price Advice

Whatever procedure you may be considering, it is wise to visit many surgeons’ websites and create a short list of surgeons that stand out for their superior training, experience, results, and reputation. Based on these factors, you may find that the most expensive surgeon is not the ideal surgeon for you.

Your research will also help you establish an average cost for the procedure you want. This will allow you to avoid any practitioner offering lowball pricing. Artificially low prices are often an attempt to fill the empty O.R. schedule of an unpopular surgeon, or may not be the inclusive cost of surgery.

A reminder: GST must be added to all costs quoted.

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