According to a study by Dr. Meredith Jones of the University of Technology, over 15,000 Australians go overseas for cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgery and other forms of plastic surgery are much cheaper abroad, hence the attractiveness of medical tourism particularly for cosmetic procedures. Moreover, travelling interstate for cheaper prices and better services is also a common thing.
Every week, roughly 200 women pay at least $5,990 for breast augmentation surgery. Just a few years ago, the same procedure would’ve cost you up to thrice that amount ($10,000-15,000). However, since there are now more options and better technology, prices have dropped and services have improved.
How Does Breast Augmentation Work?
Breast augmentation (or mammoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure meant to either even out assymetrical breasts, change (often enlarge) breast size, increase breast firmness, and correct breast sagging.
It is done by inserting a breast implant through an incision either at the underside of the nipple, the bottom of the breast, or in the armpit. The procedure usually takes around an hour up to an hour and a half. Most who undergo breast augmentation do so under general anaesthetic.
Here are some of the things you may need to know before deciding on getting breast augmentation surgery:
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
- You are not a smoker
- You are physically fit
- You are not allergic to general anaesthetic
- You are mentally stable and psychologically prepared
- You want to change your current breast size and shape
- Your breasts are asymmetrical
- You’ve experienced problems with your breasts after giving birth
Where can I get breast augmentation surgery?
You can undergo breast augmentation surgery either in a private clinic or at a hospital.
What type of anesthesia will be used?
Depending on the needs of the patient, the attending surgeon may use either local or general anesthetic.
How long will it take for me to recover?
Although recovery time is usually a case-to-case basis, patients are advised to rest for at least a week and put of strenuous exercise for at least six weeks.
Will breast augmentation affect my ability to breastfeed in the future?
Breast enhancement does not affect breastfeeding because it does not harm or damage the breast ducts and glands.
Back to the original topic of this article: Is it advisable to travel for breast augmentation to get better prices?
While breast augmentation is often a satisfying and life-changing decision, it does come with a hefty price tag. However, price is not the only factor you should consider. There are other important things such as the quality of the surgery, the credentials and capabilities of the attending surgeon, the safety of the procedure and the implants, and many more.
Furthermore, travelling for cosmetic surgery often creates a lot of logistical problems and several additional costs. If you choose to have your procedure done away from home, you’ll likely need to pay for a plane (or train) ticket, at least a week’s hotel stay, meals, and other related expenses. If all the problems are worth the savings, then travelling might be your best option; if not, then it’s probably best to stay close to home.
It’s important to remember that quality care does come at a price. More experienced and better-credentialed surgeons usually charge a premium for their services. While we encourage everyone to look for a breast augmentation procedure within their means, it should not come at the expense of safety and quality service. To get the best care at the best price, it’s important that you look at all available options and find the one that meets your expectations and fits your budget.