When will I find out how much my procedure costs?
While plastic surgery has become more available and accessible nowadays in countries all over the world, the cost of plastic surgery is still a major concern for people. In the past, plastic surgery was considered an option only for the rich and famous while regular people didn’t even dream about improving their body with plastic surgery. Now most plastic surgeons will offer different payment methods, and there are financial companies offering loans. Nowadays it is not necessarily a question of being able to pay for plastic surgery but rather if the patient is willing to do it. However, this doesn’t mean that plastic surgery is cheap, as this is far from being true.
The cost of the plastic surgery will often include the hospitalization fee, costs of the materials needed, the anesthetist’s fee, and the fee of the plastic surgeon. Other costs might also be included, depending on the procedure. This means that the cost of a certain plastic surgery procedure can be different from one plastic surgeon to the other, but also from one medical facility to the other as it varies according to the factors mentioned above.
It is normal and natural for patients to want to know as soon as possible how much the procedure they are interested in will cost. However, patients need to understand that the cost isn’t something that can be discussed over the phone. Each plastic surgeon will have a range of prices for the same procedure. For example, breast implant surgery is between $4,500 – $6,000. This means that you can find out these margins even before contacting the plastic surgeon. But for an exact estimate, you will need to schedule a pre-operative consultation with the plastic surgeon.
During the pre-operative consultation, the plastic surgeon will perform a medical examination and also discuss your goals and expectations, medical history and potential allergies. All these details will help him form an opinion about what is the most suitable procedure for your particular case. The next step would be to present you with his recommendation and to tell you what would be the cost, which usually happens during the pre-operative consultation. The plastic surgeon will also talk to you about payment options, in case you are interested in finding out how you can pay for the procedure.
Keep in mind that you should always be aware when the surgeon offers you a huge discount or his fees are much smaller than other surgeons in the area. There might be a reason behind this such as a lack of experience, and this is something you don’t want when undergoing plastic surgery.