About Price Shopping
Every plastic surgeon charges a different price and the total cost also involves the operating room charges as well as anesthesia. Some are cheap and some a very expensive. You don’t want to compromise your health for a few dollars, but then you don’t want to be overcharged either. So how do you decide? Here are a few thoughts to help you put things into perspective.
Price Shopping for Cosmetic Surgery
When you are checking around to see who should perform your surgery, the cost of the procedure should not be the most important thing. In fact, it should be pretty far down the list. Since this is an elective procedure that you do not have to have done, your safety and health should be of the most concern. Cosmetic surgery must not be regarded as a commodity, such as an airline ticket, but rather as a medical treatment that must be carefully researched before being undertaken.
- You should have a good understanding of the procedure including the possible risks or complications involved and what to expect during the recovery period.
- You should have a good understanding of what result you can realistically expect to get and what other choices you may have.
- You should know what your doctor’s credentials are; whether he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or if it is some other specialty that does not have training in cosmetic surgery.
- Does he have any experience in the specific procedure you are interested in? Does he have privileges to do that procedure in any local hospitals?
- You should know about the facility where your operation is going to be performed. Is it a certified facility where all the safety systems have been established or is it in the doctor’s office?
- Is your anesthesia going to be given by a nurse or a trained anesthesiologist or by some other doctor?
- If you are getting implants, are they high quality implants from a large reputable company or are they made by some other “cheaper” company whose quality control may be suspect?
Remember, this is an elective operation and the consequences of a “bad” result can be worse than not having had any surgery at all. We are committed to enabling patients to fully understand the procedure they are considering, which is an informed decision to proceed with a medical treatment or surgical procedure, by providing all the facts and information necessary to make an educated decision.
Please feel free to call our office at 615-327-0201 and ask to speak with one of our patient counselors about the procedure, costs and financing options.