Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Procedures - Costs
There are many factors that ultimately determine the costs involved in undertaking an aesthetic plastic surgery procedure.
Firstly if the procedure is deemed purely aesthetic, no Medicare rebate will be payable by the Health Insurance Commission and therefore no coverage for private medical insurers would be applicable either. In this situation the procedure is viewed by the Australian Tax Office as a commodity and therefore Goods and Services Tax is also applicable. Finally more recent changes in the Australian tax law prevent the cost of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures being deductible against income.
Despite this considerable additional tax impost on these procedures, patients need to be aware that there are several procedures that are rebatable by Medicare, allowing private insurance to be used considerably decreasing the out of pocket cost for these procedures.
Procedures that are partially covered by insurance can include upper eyelid blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, otoplasty, reduction mammaplasty, abdominoplasty, body lift, arm lift and thigh lift in extensive weight loss patients, as well as correction of gynaecomastia, revisional breast augmentation surgery and breast reconstruction after prophylactic mastectomies.
The commonest aesthetic plastic surgery procedures which are not covered by private health insurance and require GST contribution include primary breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, liposuction, facelift and other facial rejuvenation procedures, fat transfer and other facial augmentation procedures. For the reasons above the out of pocket costs for these procedures will be considerably higher especially to patients who have private medical insurance they cannot use.
Prospective patients will also notice a considerable variation in cost between Plastic Surgeons for similar procedures, which they might find difficult to understand. Generally the cost of the procedure will not determine the likely success of the procedure but there is no doubt Plastic Surgeons with more experience and higher practice/business overheads will tend to charge more to cover their costs. Practice costs are determined by amongst other things, the size and location of their practice premise, number of staff employed, equipment owned and operated by the practice as well as their advertising and promotional budget. Other costs that also impact on the price of procedures are the hospital and anaesthetic costs, which is determined by the duration of the procedure as well as location of institution as costs seem to be higher in central locations.
At Bayside Plastic Surgery we are proud that have been able to keep our costs at a reasonable level by minimising our practice costs, having good agreements with our hospitals and anaesthetists as well as operating quickly and efficiently to minimise our procedure times.
If you have been given a quote for your surgical procedure, which appears excessive to your expectations we would be happy to discuss the situation with you for comparison. However you will need to understand that we are unable to give any sort of binding quote for your procedure until you have presented for a full aesthetic assessment and a management plan has been formulated and costed. Should you require any further information on the costs involved in aesthetic plastic surgery procedures please contact our Bayside Plastic Surgery office in Brighton, Victoria.