Plastic Surgery Costs

Plastic Surgery Costs

Cosmetic surgery is one of the most highly marketed topics in today’s world. From the internet to television and the media, there are doctors and companies continually marketing themselves as the best in their field, with the best results, at a superb price.

This can be quite confusing for the prospective patient. Although it is normal to seek out the best price for the things we buy, cars,clothing, groceries, etc…It is important to remember that plastic surgery is a medical and surgical intervention. Although it is considered mostly an elective procedure, we chose to alter ourselves surgically at the hands of a doctor claiming to be the best in his field…sometimes at bargain.

Patients frequently ask about discounted fees for surgery and if this is possible. Most credible, well trained, skilled surgeons in the field are against advertising prices or bargains…it is actually frowned upon and considered unethical and unprofessional in certain groups and arenas. However, with the introduction of sites such as Groupon and the surge in social media, there seems to be more confusion for consumers than ever before.

When you have elective surgery, you are not just paying the surgeon. You are paying the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and the operating room fees, which cover the staff and supplies. Therefore, when asking for a discount, you are not only asking the surgeon to cut his cost, but also the outer people involved in your procedure to discount their services. In addition, there are some surgeons who operate faster than others. Some surgeons can easily perform multiple surgeries in one day, and some only do one or two per day. In my experience, the surgeons who can do multiple cases are usually are a bit cheaper. Why? High volume, shorter OR and anesthesia time.

It is up to the surgeon to decide if he wishes to offer any type of discount for his fee only.

Sites like Groupon and “Deal” sites are not necessarily in bad taste, in fact they are a wonderful option for services such as fillers and lasers which are offered as a product, are in a different category, and can be a great way to test out a new office or practitioner.

The horror stories that we read about online and on the news are consistently connected with people who are seeking out a surgical procedure at a discounted rate, who do not do their homework.

Remember, you get what you pay for! Do your research, and if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.