Getting the best price on plastic surgery without sacrificing quality
May 30, 2013
Individuals who are considering plastic surgery have many decisions to make. They must choose a procedure, locate a facility near their home and find a surgeon they trust. During their plastic surgery consultation, they'll likely have many other questions and concerns they want to bring up. With all this planning, the last thing potential patients want to worry about is price. Here are some tips on how you can make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck without sacrificing quality or safety:
You'd better shop around
Before you sign up for a plastic surgery procedure, it's wise to do a little research into the average costs of the operation you're choosing. This is best done in the early planning stages, as price may help you decide on the type of procedure you want performed. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has a handy Web page that lists the average costs of the most popular procedures. Using these sheets, you may find that Botox injections, which have an average cost of $328, are more within your budget. The page includes links to descriptions of each service, meaning you can decide if a facelift, while more expensive at the average cost of $6,408, is a better deal because of its long-lasting results.
Avoid credit card offers
Some cosmetic surgeons may encourage you to open up a health care credit card account to cover some of the costs of your cosmetic surgery. While these cards may be useful for some, USA Today warns that they often have unforeseen drawbacks, such as interest rates that increase rapidly after a certain period of time. Remember that your plastic surgeon can give you advice on financing your surgery, but he or she should only encourage you to do what makes the most sense for your personal budget.
Impulse buys are never wise
If you receive daily emails from companies like Groupon or Living Social, you've probably seen discounted plastic surgery offerings. While these may be good for patients who have already done thorough research, they often are a ploy to encourage impulse buys, which are never a wise move. The decision to go under the knife should only be made after you've discussed your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon - never because you've spotted a good deal and decided to "just go with it."
Be wary of "too good to be true"
If you spot a plastic surgery deal that is too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous individuals who are trying to make a quick buck by offering back-alley plastic surgery. These people rarely have the training or experience necessary to perform a successful procedure, so they must be avoided at all cost. ASAPS offers a find-a-surgeon tool on its website that allows you to locate board-certified cosmetic surgeons, meaning you'll know you're in good hands when your day of surgery arrives.
No insurance, but negotiation is possible
Unfortunately, unless your plastic surgery is medically necessary, you will likely have to pay out of pocket. However, there is an upside to this - plastic surgeons aren't bound to insurers' rates, meaning it may be possible to negotiate price, according to USA Today. During your consultation, ask your plastic surgeon to give you a basic quote for your procedure, then ask if there are any negotiating points to see if you can lower the costs.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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