Price shopping for surgery. Does it really save you money in the long run?


This is an article generated out of the numerous patients seen for revision surgery.  Whether it's revision breast surgery, body contouring, or facial surgery, the fact is there are more consultations with patient's who are dissatisfied from their original operations.  Why is there an increase incidence with this patient population?  I can only speculate, but there are increasing pressures for physicians to attempt to generate more revenue in their practices and this is due to lower reimbursement rates from insurance companies.  As a result, more and more non-surgeon physicians, and even non-plastic surgeons, are seeking new ways to improve their revenue.   Whether its adding anti-aging care to their patients or taking a weekend course on body contouring and claiming they are cosmetic surgeons, it's happening in increasing numbers around the country.  For example, family practice physicians performing liposuction.  OB/GYN performing tummy tucks.  General surgeons performing breast augmentation.

What stems from this emerging competition of non-plastic surgeons is unorthodox surgery that is priced low to attract new patients.  As a result, because these doctors are not officially trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery, they tend to have poorer results.  With increasing numbers of dissatisfied patients having either less than adequate results or complications, these people go to the more credible surgeons in their community for revision.  The problem is (1) more financial obligations for the patient and time off work leading to increased in overall expense, more than going to a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the first place.  (2) Revision surgery is never as optimal as performing surgery the first time on someone. 
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Bay Area Plastic Surgeon