Plastic Surgery Costs: Price Vs. Quality

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When it comes to elective cosmetic surgery, cost should not be the deciding factor in which doctor you go with. Anyone offering "basement bargain" prices on nose jobs or facelifts likely isn't the most qualified person to be performing a potentially life-threatening and life-altering procedure. With that said, the actual cost of plastic surgery can vary greatly and it is possible to get great results for a little less, if you know the right questions to ask. So how can you not cut quality corners and safely save on a procedure?

First, do research and know what the ballpark price is for the specific procedure you want. USA Today reported that the Healthcare Blue Book offers prices for procedures in your area like Kelly Blue Book does for your car.

Then, find a hand full of board-certified plastic surgeons you would feel safe and comfortable working with in your city and schedule consultations. Once you have selected surgeons you would chose no matter the price, make the appointment. Most doctors offer free consultations to assess what you want done and will quote you a price on the procedure, which could possibly vary by the hundreds or even thousands. Also remember, because elective surgery isn’t covered by insurance, prices may be negotiable and cash will be preferred over a payment plan.

Whatever you do, don't fall for coupons and deals on sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, which nowadays have low prices for things like injectables and fillers and even "liquid facelifts". You only get this one body, treat it like it is—worth every penny. 

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8 Comments
  • Juanita Thomas
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    I am losing weight and will need a tummy tuck. I am looking into getting it done in India. Is there any way to find good recommended doctor there?

  • Countess De La Rochelle
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    I have an acquaintance who had tummy tuck. It looks like someone sliced her with a knife. She is so upset, she said it was worse than before. I saw it, and it really looks like a butcher's job. Awful.

  • mema
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    I had a hernia repair in 2002, well the surgeon did it wrong. I had a mesh implanted . I still have the bulge (Ball ) on my upper abdomin and have pain. I spoke to a well know Plastic Surgeon I was told that the hernia repair includes the Tummy Tuck.. I am 60 yrs old now and afraid I have HMO. any advice Thank you

  • Stacy
    Posted on

    Somethings are more important than saving money - I think your life and face/body should be included onthat list! Don't look for a bargain, look for an expert you trust. i found my surgeon on this website and couldn't be happier with my out come. He was more expensive than I wanted to pay, but worth every penny.

  • Jj
    Posted on

    I was living in Taiwan, had lost quite a bit of weight, and decided to get lypo on the hanging down part of my belly. The plastic surgeon recommended a tummy tuck. OMG . . . the results were awful. Like suzen, I had post surgical complications that nearly resulted in my death, and the final look? Well, if one doesn't mind two bulges that she forgot to suction (she admitted that), and a giant scar where she removed my umbilicus and simply stitched it back together, after which it became necrotic and infected and required further surgery, it's simply beautiful. My advice? Just don't do it.

  • suzen johnson
    Posted on

    I wish I would have used Dr. Jack with Dr. Posner,,l had the WORST TUMMY TUCK AND BREAST LIFE WITH CLEVELAND CLINIC IN WESTON ,, FLORIDA...... THE WORST OF COMPLICATIONS AND RESULT... RUINED MY LIFE AND IT IS 2.5 YEARS LATER AND STILL REPERCUSSIONS.... TERRIBLE DECISION... DID NOT DO MY RESEARCH... DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE,, I WAITED ALL MY LIFE FOR A REDUCTION AND HAVE AND WILL HAVE TO CORRECT AND FORGET THE TUMMY TUCK,,,, THE WORST .. A SMALL PERSON WITH NO STOMACH AND NOW MY LIFE IS ABSOLUTELY RUINED... CAN NOT EVEN EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT AND MORE

  • Dr. Abyl Yaskermann
    Posted on

    Yes, its works good!

  • Dr. Megan Jack
    Posted on

    Agree 100% and something I preach to my family, friends, patients, etc! Thank you for this post!

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