By buying a house, an auto or a watch it is normally so: the more you pay, the more you get. Is that valid when choosing a plastic surgeon or is it more likely a placebo effect? For instance, is there a real difference between a $5000 rhinoplasty and a $25000 one?
The More Expensive the Plastic Surgery, the Better the Results?
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Price of Plastic Surgery - Don't Compromise Safety or Results by Looking for a Bargain
The most expensive surgeon may not be the best. But the lowest priced surgeon is almost certainly cutting corners. The price for any plastic surgery includes a surgeons fee. A very highly trained experienced surgeon who can demonstrate wonderful results through many many photographs will often have higher prices. Other things to take into consideration are the surgical facility, the surgical team, and the anesthesiologist. What about post-operative appointments? There is much to consider. You have one face and one body. Don't select a plastic surgeon to perform a permanent change based on a low price
The following are a few things that can distinguish some surgeons from others
1) Graduating from a top tier medical school at the top of their class.
2) Membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. This is the medical honors society. Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to undergraduate universities.
3) Formal surgical training from prestigious medical universities. The minimum number of years of surgical training for plastic surgeons to be bord certified in five years. Some physicians have as many as ten years of formal surgical training. There simply is no substitute for stelar academic and practical surgical training.
4) Very experienced surgeons with meticulous surgical technique and natural looking outcomes will have photgraphic evidence of their work. Patients should be able to view many photos of the surgery of interest, photgraphed from three different perspectives all with similar lighting, distance from the camera and cropping
The elite experience extends beyond the surgeon to the facility, and the surgical team. You should be able to see the surgical theater and know who else will be in the OR with you during surgery. The Joint Commission (JCAHO) is an organization that provides certification to hospital OR's. The Joint Commission and AAAASF are two of the organizations that can provide certification to surgical suites. Some plastic surgeons, myself included, elect to have their surgery centers dually certified.
The anesthesia experience is critical to a safe and comfortable surgical experience. A board certified anesthesiologist can administer general or MAC anesthesia. My preference is to have a board-certified anesthesiologist at the bedside of my patients for the duration of surgery.
Plastic surgeons who cater to high profile individuals who place a high value on privacy will have a private first floor entrance and exit so patients never need to be in a public lobby or elevator for pre-operative or post operative visits.
Is a Surgeon Who Charges More, Better?
I think that surgeon's fees are the most variable part of surgery. For instance a saline breast augmentation in Northern Virgina is anywhere from $4800 to $8000. Are the higher charging surgeons any better? Or are their egos just bigger? Usually the second is more the case. Some surgeons look at how much they have to make on each case to meet accounts payables. Others look as how much they think they're worth per hour. I tend to look at how difficult the surgery is price according to that.
There are expensive surgeons who are bad and less expensive surgeons who are very good. It's how you feel about your surgeon that matters.
Higher price does not always mean better quality.
There is no definitive answer. Generally a surgeon who charges alot does so because he/she is in demand but that does not necessarily make them good. Such is the case with the "plastic surgeon" who injected Priscilla Presley. It was recently discovered that he did not even hold a valid medical license let alone have a plastic surgery degree, He apparently was charging up to $7000 for silicone injections. This is quite an outlandish price but it does not mean that he was great,
Expense vs. Experience
The more expensive the plastic surgery, the better the results?
Experience should not be measured solely by the age of the surgeon or how many years s/he has been in practice. Checking the education and training is more valuable - a Board Certified MD plastic surgeon who was accepted to and completed an integrated plastic surgery residency, in today's day and age, are excellent choices. Those are the top students who have superior training at top institutes. Plastic Surgery is NOT a fellowship...it is a residency. Those surgeons who have actually successfully completed additional fellowship training beyond the plastic surgery residency are also passionate about that area and will likely have the most recent, innovative, and up to date techniques. These are usually the younger surgeons, who are still readily willing and competent to continue to strive for the newest material and remain up to date on literature and conferences.
You must decide for yourself who you are most comfortable with and confident with who will meet your goals and expectations. Cost may differ just on expertise and the aforementioned additional training ad what that additional expertise training has afforded to his/her patients. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Surgical fees will vary dramatically across the country and even in the same city. Beware of surgeon's fees which are not dramatically higher or lower than the norm for your area. If it is too high, then the surgeon may have lost passion in performing surgery. If it is too low, then the surgeon may be cutting corners and sacrificing quality/safety.
Plastic Surgery Fees
Yes and no. You can get good plastic surgery for less and bad plastic surgery for more. It really depends on who does your surgery.
Just remember: look for a plastic surgeon that you feel comfortable with and look at the before and after and the work they have done. The last thing you look at is the price. You are having surgery on your body and is a life long investment, so dont go price shopping, go surgeon shopping!
Fees and plastic surgery
While the highest fee for surgery in a given area of the country does not always guarantee a perfect or better result, the opposite may be more likely. Cheap surgery in a given area of the country may be cheap for a good reason to encourage people to come to that specific doctor and more likely an inexperienced one.
Plastic Surgery Fee Variation
No. Results are not directly correlated with the price of surgery.
Plastic surgery fees vary based on several factors including:
- specific cosmetic procedure
- potential insurance coverage for part of procedure
- difficulty of procedure
- special equipment or implants
- training and expertise of plastic surgeon
- reputation of plastic surgeon
The surgeon's fee is just one factor which affects the decision in choosing a plastic surgeon for cosmetic surgery. One must look at everything. Best of luck.
Many considerations go into any particular surgeon's fees
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