Plastic surgeons are like any other business. They sort of charge what they can charge. If your surgery schedule is full and you’re booking months out in advance, then you're going to raise your price. And if your surgery schedule isn't full, you'll lower your price to do more surgery.
So, part of the price of surgery is just related to how busy the surgeon is and what fees that surgeon can command. Some of it depends upon the affluence of their community. I mean, a plastic surgeon in the upper east side of Manhattan, if he had somebody equally as good that was in Queens, the guy in the upper east side is going to charge more. There are more affluent people. But, it's also true that rent is higher on 72nd and Madison than it is just about anywhere or probably anywhere in Queens. He may be paying his nurses more. Everything may cost a lot more money. So, there are some issues with the fixed cost, as well. As people start being a lot less expensive than other people, you're going to start seeing things like nurse anesthetists, instead of anesthesiologists, and this isn't necessarily true. So, don't anybody take this as a, as a blanket statement. But, you know, you may not be having the same quality registered nurses.
For instance, I always overstaff my O.R. I want to always have someone, an R.N. in recovery, an R.N. in the operating room, a scrub tech in the operating room, that's required. But then, I always have another R.N., just to make sure. The anesthesia drugs I give cost more than what some places give. There are things like that that can be cinched on, and you want to be sure you're not getting cinched. I get the feeling that some of the very highest fees I've seen for breast augmentation, it differs with other procedures, or with plastic surgeons who could have carved this niche out for themselves of being very, very high priced. And, they get people, a lot of patients, from Europe and the Middle East, who are used to paying these very high prices. Some of them are excellent. Some of them, in my opinion, aren't excellent. I don't think that that is a guarantee that you’re going to be getting the best surgeon. I mean, no price is a guarantee. The plastic surgeons whom I most respect, on a personal level, for breast augmentation, I would say, are sort of like in the upper area of average. They're not these crazy high-out liars that maybe do one breast augmentation a month on some European Royalty. They're certainly not the people scraping the bottom, but they're sort of like, upper normal.

Why Does One Doctor Cost More Than Another?

Doctor Steven Teitelbaum covers what affects the differences in pricing between doctors.

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Thanks for posting this it was really helpful
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Gives me more insight on choosing a doctor. I made the mistake of having facial blazer procedure with a health and beauty institute (hense the name), and it was a total waste of $3800.00. You really need a doctor not an institute. It is like going to a beauty school when you need a salon. Shouldn't put yourself in the hands of someone in training. Especially your face.
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Don't trust any doctor either. I gone to a self proclaimed eyelid doctor and he aged me over 35 years. The law is to relax that allows many doctors to practice comestic/plastic surgery on people. Many doctors are learning comestic/plastic surgery luring unspecific victims to their practice by offering good deals. Some can do this because they do eyelids surgery out of their own office cutting the hospital/clinic cost that a patient have to paid if it was not done at the doctor's office. People need to realize also doctors' doing this may not be cleaning their equipments properly. I paid for eyelid surgery by an oculoplastic surgeon whom only had 1 year of eye tumor surgery traing and very little comestic eyelids surgeon. He practiced using m face. He made pleats, divots, indentations,cuts, very noticeable stitch marks all over the top part of m face. HE made pleats on my eyelids a different angles, he made deep "11s" between my eyebrows, He stitch my forehead to make pleats. He made wrinkles on my forehead. At first most plasic surgeon I told this story to me just smile. They thought I was joking, but carefully examining me up close they realize I was not joking. THe next thing the asked me was "Who done this to you?" Is he a doctor?" Then the next question is "Is he board certified??" No doctors can understand why he done this to me. It makes no sense because what he done to me was the opposite of what anyone would want comestic surgery for. He mutilated my face and deny it. My eyelids are very ugly, and I used to wear heavy bangs. This doctor is known to be very good with botox an good with givng shots that you cannot even feel. That part is true. He must have numbed me up really good and I didn't even know he worked on my forehead when I paid for eyelid surgery. After this doctor quack remove my stitches , I got extremel depress. I never looked at my forehead until it was too late to sue him in court. I paid for eyelids surgery and he made a lot of scars all over the top part of my face. I am telling my story , so people can be extra careful. My worst nightmare couldn't be this bad. This doctor made dynamic wrinkles on my eyelid area (during expression or frowning, etc.) permanently onto my eyelids. I have really ugly cuts all over the place. I am looking for a reporter or someone that is very good in writing to tell my story to the world and to make a HD video to show what this monster done to my face. Some people emailed me and told me they think he maybe on drug or both (alchol and illegal drug). This happen to me a long time ago , but I want to warn people and hopefully can have someone to help me to put a video together on eyelid surgery done without informed consent. Even at my age, My eyelid shouldn't look like this. No one in my family have such aging eye. No one in my family ever had any comestic surgery. None of my older or younger siblings have "11's", wrinkles in the foreheads, crow's feet, etc. This doctor publicly deny it on several review sites. It is shameful that he cannot accept responsibility for what he had done to my face. The public need to see the upper part of my face. This happen at the time when there was no internet for the general public to use. I didn' realize what he done to my face was illegal. I paid or eyelid surgery and he had no business cutting and stitching up my eyebrows and forehead. My eyelids started to have webbing when I was in my early 40's. If what I am saying isn't true then why don't he take me to court and let the jurors decide rather he was guilty of practicing comestic surgery on my upper part of my face without informed consent. This is also considered battery. How I wish I knew about all this information back then , then he wouldn't be bragging today that he has no malpractice cases against him.
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Can you please share his name?
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You should slander publically his name and hopefully he will take you to court. You may even win with a settlement and have reconstructive surgery by a reputable surgeon. Good luck.
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