Cost Variations in Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery is a vast field today, with effective procedures in place for nearly every part of the body to achieve aesthetic improvement or perform repair and reconstruction. The cost of each procedure performed by a cosmetic surgeon is different because the skills, time and resources involved in each procedure are different. Some procedures such as breast reconstruction or breast revision surgery may require longer and more intricate attention than others. The costs will usually go up for such procedures that are fairly complex to perform.
Similarly, the costs will vary depending on how extensive or how minor a procedure is. For instance, a mommy makeover procedure may cost a lot more than a single procedure such as tummy tuck or facelift. Mommy makeover may include a combination of tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation or reduction surgery, liposuction, and even more. In terms of cost effectiveness, a combined procedure may be more cost effective, but in absolute terms it is likely to cost more than a single procedure.
Patients Needs a Variable
Another example is body lift or body contouring plastic surgery. The cost will vary on the basis of the unique needs and aesthetic goals of the patient. If the procedure will include several major areas of the body, the cost will go up in proportion to the extent of surgery involved. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Hubbard discusses various treatment options and potential costs with his patients in Dallas, Frisco, Plano, and other areas. He will help a patient make informed decisions within their budget for treatment.
Many cosmetic surgery procedures today are performed on an outpatient basis because of sophisticated surgical techniques involved that produce conservative outcomes. This brings down the cost of treatment. However, for an extensive procedure, the patient may have to stay overnight at the facility, which will add to the cost of treatment. Some procedures may have to be performed over a period of two days. For instance, extensive liposuction may have to be spread over two days to achieve safe and conservative results. The cost will go up accordingly in such situations.
Common Factors Affecting the Cost
Certain factors are common to every minor and major procedure that will impact the cost of treatment. The first is the geographical location of the practice where the surgery is performed. The average cost of living in that region will have an impact on the costs prevailing for various professional services, including plastic or reconstructive surgery. The second factor is the skills and experience of the operating cosmetic surgeon. A highly reputed and busy surgeon’s fee may be higher, which will impact the overall cost of the procedure.
Another key factor that will affect the cost is the kind of techniques and technologies used at a particular practice, state of the art equipment, skill and experience of the support staff and other members of the doctor’s team, and the quality of comforts and convenience offered by the practice. If the procedure involves general anesthesia, the cost will go up again. The fee of the anesthesiologist will also usually depend on his or her skills and experience. Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute strives to provide state of the art treatments to patients in and around Dallas, Plano and Frisco at competitive costs.
Average Costs of Plastic Surgery Procedures
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) collects data for various plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures performed each year in the United States. It compiles the average costs of each procedure to provide an indicative price guideline to new patients. According to the 2012 statistics with ASPS, the average cost of a tummy tuck surgery is $5,241. This is the national average cost, which does not include the cost of anesthesia, operating room facilities or any other related costs.
Similar data for breast augmentation surgery reveal that the average cost of breast augmentation in 2012 was $3,543. However, the cost may vary on the basis of the type of implants chosen and various other factors. The average cost of breast lift surgery in 2012 as per the ASPS data was $4,332 and for liposuction surgery, the cost came to $2,852. Patients should also consider costs of prescription drugs, post-surgical garments, medical tests, and anesthesia fees.
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