The big new price war: 9 questions you need to ask when comparing boob job prices!
We all love a bargain! The words SALE, FYE SALE and END OF SEASON SALE excites most of us, ok some more than others!
With breast augmentation being the most popular surgery performed globally amongst woman of all ages it is therefore not surprising breast augmentation surgery has entered the world of “retail” and patients have started shopping around for the best price.
It is important however to remember that when it comes to surgery and your body the words SALE or DISCOUNT should be carefully considered.
At no point am I advocating that should you find a cheaper, less expensive price you should not consider the offer, what I am requesting is to compare “apples with apples” and ensure that your less expensive offer/option provide the same quality and standards as the more expensive offer for your own safety.
During your research make sure to ask the
1. Who will be doing the surgery?
Establish upfront that the plastic and cosmetic surgeon you are consulting with is indeed going to be the surgeon doing the procedure.
Secondly confirm the surgeon is working as a plastic and cosmetic surgeon and routinely performs breast augmentation surgery.
2. What technique do you use and why?
There is no one size technique that fits all breast augmentations. The general questions normally are under the muscle or over the muscle? I choose to perform breast augmentation underneath the muscle (sub muscular placement) for the following reasons:
- To camouflage the implant by providing better tissue coverage.
- To allow a better relationship between the implant, breast tissue, muscle and skin by utilising a dual plane two technique.
- To provide a long lasting result by providing support for the implant.
Certainly in the world of breast augmentation sub muscular placement (underneath the muscle) is generally becoming accepted as the gold standard. Beware of surgeons who spruik “over the muscle” technique as they may not have the skill required for the dual-plane two technique.
3. What type of implants do you provide and are they tga approved?
Find out the name and type of implants that is being offered. Ensure they are high quality well known implants and are supported with a “quality guarantee” endorsement as well as approved by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association). It is illegal to use breast implants that are not approved by the TGA.
4. What type of anaesthetic will I be receiving?
Offering breast augmentation surgery under local anaesthetic or twilight is in my opinion dangerous. The space dissected to allow placement of the implants is very large and to try and use local anaesthetic will result in an overdose. I do not perform breast surgery under local anaesthetic.
Be very clear on which type of anaesthetic you will be receiving.
5. Is the anaesthetist required to be present all the time?
It is required by law for the anaesthetist to be present during a general anaesthetic. It is not however under local or twilight sedation.
Be very clear on where your anaesthetist will be during your surgery.
6. How many breast augmentations do you do and what is your success rate?
Some plastic surgeons do one or two a week, some do one or two a month and some do one or two a year. Some surgeons do dozens a year. This question is to ascertain your surgeons experience in breast augmentation and whether he is a specialist in this procedure. Choose accordingly.
7. Where will the procedure be done and is it an accredited hospital facility?
More and more breast augmentations are done in boutique private day hospitals, and the days of overnight stay is not required anymore. Find out if the hospital facility is an accredited facility meaning approved by the Health Department which also specify all staff employed are fully credentialed and up to date with all training.
Ensure you are familiar with the duration of your surgery, the recovery period and the care that will be given by the facility and staff during your recovery period.
8. What happens if something goes wrong?
Legitimate plastic surgeons would be very happy to discuss the risk of complications and to inform a patient of all risks. No surgeon can give a 100% guarantee as surgery is a complex issue.
What is the process in place should you need to get hold of your surgeon after hours?
9. What follow up care and post-operative garment is provided?
Adequate pain management, good wound care and emotional support all add to a smooth recovery. Ensure your 6 weeks post -operative care management appointments are included in your price.
A post-operative bra is required after your surgery and some practices include this in the price.