Tanya Ayre has spent the past 10 years working with plastic surgeons in Queensland, Australia, and has discovered there is an astonishing price difference between what she pays and what some other patients pay.
“They have an amazing array of surgeries and ear implants, which can be around $500,000, and I’m talking about the ear,” Ms Ayre said.
“But I think it’s only the most expensive surgery that people pay.”
The other thing is that it costs a lot of money to pay a plastic surgeon and they have to do the surgery on your face, they can’t just have your jaw removed.
“Ms Ayres is not alone.
Many people who undergo plastic surgery don’t know about the difference.
She had been using a laser on her eyelids for years and it had been surgically removed.”‘”
The plastic surgeon had to shave your face and remove your eyelashes,” Ms Chitrabarti said.
“She had been using a laser on her eyelids for years and it had been surgically removed.”‘
It’s very expensive’ Ms Chisararti and her husband have recently been able to pay the bill for their new ears and face using their personal savings account, which allows them to pay for the procedure on a one-off basis.
“We can afford to do it, but it’s very costly,” Ms Phipps said.
A plastic surgeon at Sydney’s Royal Melbourne Hospital says plastic surgery is a ‘very expensive’ process.
The Surgeon General of Australia, Professor Dr Andrew Roberts, said it was not the first time plastic surgery had been cost-saving.
“We all know that the cost of plastic surgery has been falling over the years,” Professor Roberts said.”[But] it’s important to recognise that there are people who have a high cost of getting their ears, or facial reconstruction, done, and we all know how difficult that is to do.”
Plastic surgery is expensive because the surgeon needs to get a patient to have a certain degree of cosmetic surgery done, with a very specific goal.
“I would argue it’s about 40 per cent of the price of a cosmetic surgeon,” Professor Robertson said.’
They’ve got an awful lot of plastic’ Plastic surgeons say the reason the average cost of a plastic surgery procedure was so high was because there was so much competition.
“There’s a whole market for plastic surgery that’s very competitive, and so it’s just a case of a very small number of people can make a lot,” Professor Phipp said.
‘You need to be very careful’ Plastic surgery in Queensland is not a new trend in Australia, with the state’s plastic surgeon, Dr Stephen Pemberton, previously describing the costs of plastic surgeons’ work.
“It’s a very expensive business, they’re very busy, they have an awful amount of plastic work done,” Dr Pemberman said.
Professor Phips and Mr Ayre both said the cost to their ears was not uncommon.
“My husband had a nose job in Queensland a few years ago, I had a chin job in the past, but I had ear surgery in Australia before,” Ms Chalas said.
Ms Chalases ear surgery was done by Dr Phipp and Ms Ayles husband, who had also previously had ear implants done.
Ms Phisars husband has also undergone plastic surgery in his life, and had to pay $5,000 for his ears, and $10,000 to remove them.
“He has had to go through an operation and he’s going to have to have an ear implant removed,” Ms Myslop said.
While the cost is significant, plastic surgeons say it is important to be aware of the risks of plastic surgeries.
“Some people think that the only way to get it done is to get plastic surgery and they get an awful big bang for their buck,” Professor Pember said.
He said it is “a bit of a gamble” to have any type of surgery done.
“You have to be careful with what you put into your body, and you’re not going to get the perfect result from just doing a facelift,” Professor Robert said.