When considering cosmetic plastic surgery, there are many variables to consider:
- Is the plastic surgeon board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery?
- Will the procedure be performed in an accredited facility?
- What are the risks associated with the surgery?
- What is the downtime needed after the procedure?
- What can I expect from my procedure?
- What are the costs associated with the surgery?
Since most cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance, it is really important to consider all of the fees associated with the procedure in order to be financially prepared. The total cost of cosmetic surgery consists of 3 main components: professional fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees.
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons go through very competitive and expensive training. Certification specifically in plastic and reconstructive surgery indicates that a surgeon has completed extensive specialized training that not only shows his superior knowledge and experience, but also speaks of his commitment to excellence in the field. Remember, a ‘weekend seminar’ in liposuction doesn’t replace years of physician training! Because of the aforementioned, a board-certified surgeon will generally have a higher fee than a physician who is not board-certified. A more experienced plastic surgeon may charge more than a less experienced one. However, an overinflated price does not guarantee quality, outcome, nor a necessarily better surgeon. In contrast, a lower fee does not indicate an inferior surgeon. In general, it is wise to stay away from a surgeon whose fees are “too good to be true” as well as the extremely high priced.
Consider the specific surgery or surgeries being performed. Every year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons compiles a statistic report of plastic surgeons fees for various cosmetic procedures that can be used as a guideline and is easily accessible online.
In addition, the geographical location should be factored into the cost. Higher fees are common in major cities such as New York, Atlanta, and Dallas, to name a few.
The facility where your procedure will be performed should be accredited and adhere to national standards of safety and sterility. By choosing an accredited facility, your surgeon can assure you that the support staff is trained and qualified, the operating room is clean and fully equipped, and that there is adequate personnel and equipment to respond to any emergency situation.
Typically, the facility fee is based on the amount of time the surgeon will need in the operating room to perform your surgery.
When undergoing any procedure, your safety and comfort is of utmost importance. Similar to the facility fee, the anesthesia fee is generally based on the length of your surgery.
At Sood Center, we do not charge for the first consultation fee, nor is there a fee for follow-up visits after your surgery or procedure. All of our quotes are broken down for easy understanding of the charges, and any additional costs, such as scar treatments or garments are listed so there are no surprises. We also offer financing through Care Credit and can help you develop a plan to finance your surgery.