Cosmetic Surgery: Considering the Costs
Americans spent $10.5 billion dollars on plastic surgery in 2009, according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. That was down 20 percent from 2008, as the state of the economy has affected those considering cosmetic surgery. As personal finances improve, this trend will bounce back. People of all ages are beginning to invest again in their appearance, particularly while presenting themselves to the job market. But cost remains an issue for many of patients.
Cost is one factor in considering the desire to attain a fresh confidant look. The cost of procedures depends of multiple variables. One effect on cost is the area or areas to be treated. If you are considering liposuction for instance, in more than one area, it may be more practical to do several parts of the body at once, as opposed to one area at a time. The cost is higher for larger body areas. Liposuction of the abdomen, for example, will cost significantly more than liposuction of the outer thigh.
The expertise and experience of the physician is very important to consider. Although the most expensive surgeon may not be the best, be cautious of any surgeon who gives you a quote that is significantly below the average in your geographical area. Overhead is also has an impact on cost. The amount of time and effort required of the surgeon, the cost of anesthesiologists services, as well as operating room and lab fees.
In our practice, we have full disclosure when it comes to the cost, and our patient coordinator will work with patients to determine the best way for them to pay for their desired procedure.