The cost of plastic surgery varies from state to state and here in Hawaii, from island to island. S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS understands that costs are an important factor when considering plastic surgery, but in addition to cost, there are several other things that are important to keep in mind.
First, remember to always choose a plastic surgeon that is board certified in plastic surgery, and not just any board of medicine. Also looking for plastic surgeons who are members of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is also important as they have stringent requirements for membership and continued membership.
Next, take a look through their website and before/after galleries. These things can help you determine whether or not the plastic surgeon shares your aesthetic tastes and sensibilities. Plastic surgeons will always have galleries of images that will help you get an idea of that surgeon’s skill and accomplishments. Their website may also give you a glimpse into their style and attention to detail knowing that first impressions mean a lot.
Remember that the most expensive plastic surgeon may or may not be the ideal surgeon for you, and extremely discounted pricing may often be an attempt to fill an empty schedule. In the same way, a very low price may not include other costs associated with plastic surgery like anesthesia, facility fees, etc… At our Hawaii plastic surgery practice, for example, there is a standard cost of breast augmentation but costs can vary depending on the type of implant used.
In order to avoid being surprised with the final cost of plastic surgery, remember to always ask if there are additional potential charges for pre or post-operative visits, or post-op garments. Also ask if there will be additional charges for office visits after the surgery.
Again, please do not make your decision on the plastic surgeon based on cost alone. Take into account the whole picture and take time researching to find the right plastic surgeon for you. You’ll never regret asking to see as many photographs as possible, speaking to other clients or asking your own physician about any plastic surgeon you are considering.