In today’s economic climate, it is understandable that many patients want to find the most cost effective way to have a cosmetic surgery completed. While it is only natural to consider the price point of any surgery, it is important to recognize that this is not always a good place to try and save a few dollars. Dr. Kevin Sadati, a board certified facial plastic surgeon based out of Newport Beach, makes it a priority to keep plastic surgery affordable but also warns patients of the risks associated with going to low cost clinics. The bottom line, cosmetic surgery is an investment in yourself and you get what you pay for at the end of the day.
Recognizing the cost is an important factor for his Orange County patients, Dr. Sadati finds it important to outline what goes into the final price of any surgery. The following are the major factors that influence the price.
Surgeon Fee — The fee for the surgeon makes up the bulk of the price for the surgery. A less experienced surgeon will cost less money, but a patient will likely be disappointed in the results. An expert facial plastic surgeon will cost more money, but the results will be natural-looking and will last a long time.
Facility Fee — The place where the surgery is performed will also have a large impact on the cost of the surgery. A hospital is the most expensive place to have a cosmetic surgery done. Dr. Sadati prefers to work in surgical centers, where patients can find moderate prices but rest easy knowing they are in a safe, clean and healthy environment. The cheapest option is an in-office procedure, and this is not always the safest route to go.
Anesthesiologist Fee — In addition to the surgeon, an anesthesiologist must be present for the procedure. General anesthesia is the most expensive option, but it is commonly used in most cosmetic surgery procedures. Twilight anesthesia is another option that does not cost as much money, but the patient needs to consult with the surgeon as to what type of anesthesia will be best for them.
Operation Complexity — The overall complexity of the surgery effects the price because it impacts how long the surgery will take. A simple procedure that does not take very long will cost a patient less money, where as a complicated revision procedure could take several hours and, therefore, cost more money.
At the end of the day, cost needs to be considered, but it should not be the only determining factor when choosing a surgeon. A patient needs to work with a safe, skilled and trustworthy surgeon who has his or her best interest in mind.