San Diego Plastic Surgeon Explains Cost of Surgery
Everyone loves a deal. The success of Groupon validates that idiom. But when it comes to plastic surgery getting a “deal” may end up being a bad deal. Gilbert Lee, MD, FACS launched his practice, Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, in 1994. Superior results, a high level of patient satisfaction and consistent peer recognition as a Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery has positioned Dr. Lee above many in his field.
So what’s the deal with cost? Most patients do a fair amount of pricing when selecting a plastic surgeon and often have several consultations before making their final choice. Patients obtain surgical quotes from each consultation and from there cost comparison becomes a big deal.
The best explanation for the cost of his surgical procedures comes from Dr. Lee himself in the following quote:
“People seek out my services because I offer a great expertise and value in the field of plastic surgery. When I state value, I don’t mean that I am the cheapest in town, but I offer a very artistic, thoughtful, well planned, and well executed rejuvenation, which is well worth the price paid. I have a reputation for consistently producing quality results with few complications. I pride myself in the detail work that goes behind the scenes in every procedure and makes you proud that you have had the procedure done. I do not take shortcuts, nor do I tolerate substandard work. And, I set the bar high for myself; I stand behind my work. “
Plastic surgery is highly individualized – the same surgical strategy cannot be applied across the board for each patient in a cookie cutter /assembly line fashion. If it were, perhaps it would lend itself to group discounts and price cutting. Maybe even get a Groupon deal.
In plastic surgery, like in many fields, you get what you pay for. When researching plastic surgeons, don’t get stuck on price shopping. Take into account the surgeon’s professional history, board certifications, education, case results and his attention to individualized planning and execution. You may pay a little more but it is a very good deal when your results are priceless.