Breast Augmentation Price: Is it Negotiable?

Is it rude or disrespectful to negotiate on the surgeons fees? Especially, when the prices vary so much from one surgeon to the next. You would think a doctor would be willing to negotiate a little, when weighed with the overall outcome of profit, the business he would gain and even the prospects of re-business he would have. I have been told by several that price is always negotiable, seeing many insurance companies and family health providers practicing these measures.

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Breast Augmentation Prices: Do you REALLY want the plastic surgeon willing to discount their fees?

Breast Augmentation Discount
Discounting the value of professional services, especially surgery, is not good marketing - it is a sign of desperation. In my practice, we do offer small professional price consideration to the following groups
1) Clergy- My father is a minister
2)Teachers - My mother-in-law was a teacher
3) Medical professionals - My mother was a nurse
4) Military - My father-in-law was a veteran
We offer these discounts as a way to honor my family and to show appreciation for people who serve our country and community. However, prices for surgery are not negotiable.

The best plastic surgeons are still busy in this contracting economy, and they are not discounting their fees. At the same time, the most expensive surgeon is not necessarily the most talented, so as a consumer you still have to research this carefully. There is much more to consider than just the price in dollars that you pay: is your surgeon actually listening to you, do they truly understand the appearance that you hope to achieve, do you feel that he or she will be easily available and attentive once the surgery has been performed. If you don't have a good feeling, don't stick around to 'save money', go somewhere else.

 


Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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In my office, no

I am speaking only for myself obviously. We , as plastic surgeons, realize that the economy is down and finances are diminished as well. Having said this there are a number of costs involved that we have no real control over. Your plastic surgeon still needs to pay their bills, care for their staff, continue to pay for all of our professional costs (insurance, society membership, etc.) . My promise to my patients is that I will provide them with the best care I can and give the best result I can to my abilities.

The other question to ask is, do you ask for a discount at your dentist, pediatrician, etc? I assure you your plumber or electrician will be reluctant as well to do the same.

Having said all of this there are on occasion discounts for cash payments, etc. Please realize that when you finance a procedure there are fairly steep finance charges that your plastic surgeon pays.

I hope this has been helpful and I don't want to come across as cold and insensitive.

Dr Edwards

Doesn't hurt to ask

Price is a variable. It is partly controlled by business models of fixed cost, profit margins, revenue goal. But it is also partly determined by intangibles such as reputation, demand for specific services or surgeon, motivation, etc. It never hurts to ask but don't always expect discounts. However, I think more doctors are willing to negotiate depending on how eager they are to work on you.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Asking the surgeon for discounts in breast augmentation

While you are entitled to ask for whatever you choose, the busiest and best surgeons don't need to adjust their fees to satisfy your request.   There are so many costs in doing the surgery for you with the very best equipment, products, staff and anesthesia and the margin isn't as much as you would think when you look at the price you pay.

Remember always that having to revise a poor result after going to a lesser surgeon will be much more expensive that going to a better doctor for the best result your body will allow.

The price for breast augmentation may be negotiable

Hi,

Thank you for your question.

Some surgeons may be willing to negotiate while others will not. You may even get lucky and get a discount or find out about specials. However, there is usually a reason why the fees are set at a certain price.

The surgeon has to make a living and pay his or her staff. There are fees for materials and other various things for surgery. It does require a certain amount of money to ensure that you are getting the best care, so keep that in mind if the surgeon isn't willing to negotiate the price.

Overall, most real board certified plastic surgeons charge about the same in any given area. In general, most do find it offensive and most will not move forward with patients who are bargain shopping or trying to get a better deal. In general, non plastic surgeons charge much cheaper prices.

Thanks for your question. Have a great day!

Best regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Basic economic rules of supply and demand will apply

Hi there-

There are many fixed and variable details that will contribute to the overall costs presented to you by any particular surgeon. These include:

Geographic location

Type of anesthesia and qualifications of the anesthesia provider- I firmly believe that safety should always come first. Having a Board Certified Anesthesiologist supervise your procedure may cost a few more dollars, but in the end is in your best interests.

The facility- Not all facilities are created equal, and it is just as important to do your homework here as anywhere else... make sure the facility is accredited by the AAAASF or AHCA. Some facility costs will be higher than others, and often hospitals are relatively expensive.

Finally, the largest variable is the education, training, experience, and reputation of the surgeon. It would not be reasonable to expect to pay the same amount for your favorite pair of well-made, designer jeans as for a pair of inexpensively made ones at a discount store... In this situation you expect to get what you pay for, right? Another example would be the work product of an artist... you could not realistically expect to pay the same amount for the work of Picasso or Matisse as you would for the work of a talented but unknown artist... supply and demand, and the reputation of the former artists dictate the higher prices that their works demand.

The work of qualified, board certified plastic surgeons is not much different... The prices we ask for our services are in large part going to be determined by our education, training, experience, and reputations, and the demand for our services. If you want your breast augmentation to be performed by the surgeon in your area with an MD from the top medical school, who did the most training in breast surgery, and who has the best reputation for reliably producing the best outcomes with the best experience for his patients, you should expect to pay more. Only you can decide what the knowledge that you are in the hands of this surgeon is worth to you.

I can tell you, though, that I have many patients who wish their initial choice of surgeon had not been made on the basis of cost, as having to then pay someone else to improve their outcome ends up costing them much more in the end.

You will generally get what you pay for.

Do not bargain with your outcome

The cost of breast augmentation - although important - should be the last factor considered when choosing a surgeon. First find a board certified plastic surgeon with a good reputation in the area that has been referred by other patients and doctors. Getting a second opinion or sometimes a third is a good idea. Once you have narrowed down your search to two surgeons, then consider the cost. If one sureon, however, stands out as the best in the area, don't bargain with your outcome - go with the one who will give you the best outcome and after care. Be careful of offices that bargain with you or try to beat other offices fees just to get your business. Choosing a surgeon based purely on fees is not a good path to take. Choose your surgeon based on qualifications and ability first. That is the most important.

Some people will negotiate.

Sometimes it is negotiable. Some plastic surgeons will give a better price for cash or check as they do not lose money to a credit card company or financing company. As individual physicians have their own policies, this varies office to office. Often the most experienced, qualified physicians may have the highest prices, but they have the most experience. Sometimes, young physicians and non plastic surgeons have bargain prices, but remember, often, you get what you pay for.

Certain parts of the surgical price are fixed -- the anesthesia charges, the operating room charges and the cost of the implants are often fixed. It is the doctors fee that can be negotiable.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Breast Augmentation Price: Is it Negotiable

Prices for cosmetic work follow supply and demand like any industry. Areas such as South Florida with a large number of board certified plastic surgeons will have lower fees than areas with fewer surgeons. It is possible to negotiate to a certain degree (generally a few hundred dollars), but the costs need to be met to warrant doing the surgery. Ensure that you are choosing an experienced board certified plastic surgeon and that the practice will provide you the safety and individual attention that you deserve.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Pricing For Cosmetic Surgery Has Some Wiggle Room

Usually, pricing for cosmetic surgery has a little wiggle room.Most plastic surgeons would be open to some negotiation on fees, but usually there needs to be some reason to consider giving a discount.Frequently, the surgeon will give a discount for military service, for patients in the medical profession or if you are having multiple procedures at the same time.I would caution you not to decide on price alone.Sometimes there is a reason that one surgeon charges less than another.One may use a lesser quality or “off brand” implant or may not have an anesthesiologist to give your anesthesia or may not operate in an accredited facility.These things would lower the price, but certainly would not improve the quality of your results!Just be smart and research the surgeon you choose and the facility where it is to be done.Don’t worry that it would be rude to ask about consideration in the price but realize that there may be a reason for the fee being what it is.

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