While the price tag should ideally not be a primary factor in deciding whether to choose a cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation, it still remains a natural starting point for many women seeking to increase their breast size. During the initial consultation, the breast surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs.
Dr. Paul Fortes is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation and various other procedures. Dr. Fortes will address all questions related to cost, insurance and financing, and help the patient make an informed decision. He provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations.
One of the important components in the cost of breast augmentation plastic surgery is the fee charged by the surgeon. The fee may vary according to the skills, qualifications and reputation of a surgeon. The patient should entrust breast augmentation to surgeon with whom she feels comfortable, and whose credentials, track record of surgeries, and philosophy of practice are sound.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients should choose the right surgeon for their needs, and treat aspects such as the surgeon’s fee only as secondary considerations. A dedicated surgeon will invest in latest technologies and continuing education, and maintain high standards of care, even if the price tag of the procedure marginally goes up.
Surgical Facility Financial Factors
If the breast augmentation procedure is performed at a freestanding surgical facility, it should ideally be an accredited ambulatory center. The facility will be required to maintain stringent quality and safety standards and competent staff in order to maintain accreditation. The cost of a certified facility is likely to be a little higher than that of a non-certified facility.
Alternatively, if the cosmetic surgeon has staff privileges at a reputed local hospital, they may prefer to perform the procedure in the safe and well-equipped hospital environment. This can cost more, but the safety assurance is much higher. The patient should consider their choices after comparing the costs and benefits of each option.
Cost and Quality Relationship
Cost is not the sole determinant of quality because a highly qualified plastic surgeon may sometimes offer a lower cost than another surgeon who may have lesser qualifications or experience. However, if the sticker price indicated by a surgeon is exceptionally low, it should be viewed with some skepticism.
It is possible that some hidden expenses may be involved, which will be charged later, or the quality is being compromised at some state of the procedure. Patients should look at aspects such as whether general anesthesia will be performed by a qualified anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse, or whether the implants being offered are conventional saline or silicone implants or ultra-cohesive silicone implants.
Every element will have an impact on the overall sticker price of the procedure. The patient should also discuss about the insurance, payment, and financing aspects with the surgeon’s office well in advance. This will give her time to properly plan her budget for the procedure. Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for breast augmentation.