Friday, June 14, 2013

How to get the best price on plastic surgery without sacrificing results.

Individuals that consider plastic surgery have many decisions to make. You must choose a procedure, find a nearby facility and find a surgeon you trust. During your plastic surgery consultation, you'll likely have many other concerns to bring up. With all this planning, the last thing you may want to worry about is how much it will cost you and if you are getting the lowest price i keeping with quality.. Here are some tips on how you can make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck without sacrificing quality or safety:

Shop around

Before you agree to a plastic surgery procedure, do some researchinto the average cost of the operation you are considering. The best time to do this is early on in your planning oprocess.Price may help you decide what type of procedure you want. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAP) has a web page that lists average costs for the most popular procedures. You may find that Botox injections, which have an average costy of $328 per injection are more within your budget. The web page includeslinks to descriptions of each procedure, so you can decide if a facelift, with a higher average cost of $6,408, is better value because of its longer-lasting results.

Speaking of research, research your doctor, too. Not all doctors are equal. They have different training, different expereience, different certification and different patient approval ratings. Your best coice is a board certified plastic surgeon.

Don't be taken in by credit card offers.

Some doctors may encourage you to open a health credit card account to cover some of the costs of your cosmetic surgery. While these credit cards may be useful for some patients, they can be as seductive as any other credit card account. They often have unanticipated consequances, such as rapidly increasing interest rates. Your plastic surgeon can advise youabout financing your surgery, but he or she should not encourae you to take on more debt than you realistically can afford.

Impulse purchases are dangerous.

Emails from companies like Groupon and Living Social often temptingly promote discounted plastic surgery procedures. These may be okay for you IF you alreasdy have done your homework. Don't let the offer substitute for your good judgement. The decisio othave plastic surgery should only be made after discusssing your options with  board certified plastic surgeon, not just because you have been offered a "great" deal.

Beware of "too good to be true" 

If a plaastic surgery deal sounds too good to be true, it probaly is. Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals will try to make a quaick buck with "back-alley" plastic surgeries. They rarely have the training or experience to perform a successful surgical procedure. They must be avoided. ASAPS offers a "find-a-surgeon" tool on its website. Use it to find a qualified board certified cosmetic surgeon in your locale.

No insurance? You still may be able to negotiate.

Unless your plastic surgery is a medical neccessity, it will not becovered by insurance. Your fees will have to be borne by you personally. There is an up-side your plastic surgeon your pto this. Since he or she is not bound to insurance reimbursement rates, your plastic surgeon may be able to offer a good price, or suggest alternative approaches that will achieve your desired reslts at lower cost. 

As a plastic surgeon in Southwest Florida, I encourage my patients to give me a ball park estimate of what they are prepared to invest in looking and feeling better. Then we try to workout something that both meets thir desire and their budget.



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