Dr. H.M. Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing a wide range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures in Newport Beach, CA. He is also appointed as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. In 2007, he won the Sherrell Aston Award-American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Many patients of Dr. Seify in Newport Beach, CA, who are considering treatment from a cosmetic surgeon for the first time, are concerned about how much a particular surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure will cost. Dr. Seify addresses their concerns related to the procedure and the estimated costs in detail in order to help them make informed choices.
Is Plastic Surgery Expensive?
One of the common questions that any new patient usually asks is whether plastic or cosmetic surgery is an expensive treatment? The answer to this question can be highly subjective because the cost of each surgical procedure may vary. Even within the same procedure, the cost may vary from one geographical region to another and from one plastic surgery practice to another. With so many variations involved, sometimes it can be overwhelming for a patient to determine what how to obtain the best value for money for an elective surgery procedure.
Firstly, it is important to understand that plastic surgery is just like any other surgical procedure, and is likely to involve similar costs of treatment as any other medical surgery. Therefore, it is not something that is going to be exceptionally expensive. One of the key issues with any elective surgery is that the procedure may not be covered by the health insurance policy. That gives rise to the perception that the procedure is costly because it must be paid out of the patient’s pocket. Many plastic surgeons provide support in terms of financing of the treatment to help patients undergo the procedure of their choice.
Factors that Affect the Cost
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery advises that patients should consider all the cost components associated with a procedure. This will help them plan their finances properly well in advance before they go ahead with a surgical procedure.
The cost of a cosmetic surgery procedure will firstly depend on the geographical area where the practice is located. The cost is primarily in line with the average cost of living in a particular state or city. Average incomes of people are usually in proportion to the cost of living in a region, which allows people in that region to afford the cost of treatment.
Any expense that is related to health, well-being and physical appearance of an individual should not be seen only from a cost perspective. A qualified, experienced, highly skilled, and renowned plastic surgeon is likely to cost more in terms of fee. But the cost will be long forgotten, and the benefits will continue to accrue for years. On the other hand, a poorly performed procedure may cause constant dissatisfaction, and may even lead to more spending in terms of a revision surgery.
Cost of the hospital or the surgical facility where the cosmetic surgeon performs the procedure will make a difference. The facilities, equipment, technical support and the quality and experience of the staff and services influence the cost of a procedure. Another important component is the cost of anesthesia. Patients should also include an estimate of the cost of prescription drugs, cost of post-surgical garments, and cost of laboratory tests and evaluations that may be involved with the procedure.
Costs Vary for Different Procedures
Plastic surgery, whether it is performed in Newport Beach, CA or another location, and whether it is performed at an advanced, state of the art hospital facility or a less expensive practice, will also differ in terms of costs according to the nature of the operation. Some procedures such as breast lift, butt lift, brow lift, lip augmentation, eyelid lift, rhinoplasty, or ear surgery may be relatively lesser expensive because they are focused only on a single part of the face or body.
Similarly, partial procedures such as a partial facelift or mini tummy tuck may be less expensive compared to a full-fledged surgery. Liposuction, for instance, may usually cost more than a minor cosmetic procedure, but less than an extensive surgery such as breast augmentation with lift, or tummy tuck procedure. A comprehensive undertaking such as a mommy makeover may cost more because it involves multiple surgeries. Patients may also consider non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment options that are usually more affordable than going under the knife.
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