Groupon is great for getting a deal on your next pizza delivery – not for your face
lift or tummy tuck. It is truly unfortunate to see people looking for the “best deal”
they can get for their plastic surgery procedure. Radio advertisements offering
unbelievable prices, Groupon deals, and “coupons” for plastic surgery are,
unfortunately, everywhere now.
You Get What You Pay For
Remember, when you purchase a procedure, what you are really “buying” is the
doctor who is performing the procedure and the facility it is being performed in.
Unfortunately, in the United States, any doctor can perform any kind of procedure
whether or not they have been appropriately trained in that particular specialty or
not. The laws really leave it up to patients to do their research on what they are
paying for. Hospitals generally won’t allow surgeons to do procedures that are
not part of their particular specialty, but that doesn’t prevent the doctor from
doing it in his or her office.
There are many things to keep in mind when considering the costs of a plastic
surgery procedure. In general, the total cost is usually presented as a total of
multiple charges. One is the cost of the surgeon to perform the procedure itself.
Then there is the cost of the operating room, which includes the sutures, gauzes,
nurses, and all the supplies and people needed to perform the surgery in a safe
environment. You must also factor in the cost of the anesthesiologist, who
watches over you to be sure you are safely asleep for the surgery. Finally, there
is the cost of any implants to be used, the cost of garments, the cost of blood
work, and the cost of medications you will need after surgery. When you get a
quotation for a procedure, you want all those costs to be included in the quote and explained in detail.
To do it right requires the appropriate cost. Understand the appropriate amounts to expect for all plastic surgery procedures and how to find the right surgeon by getting your own copy of my book, “Making the Cut” available for purchase on Amazon.