Dr. Jennifer Hein is a medical professional who strongly encourages her patients to educate themselves regarding the risks, benefits, and costs associated with the procedures in which they are interested. A recent article published by USA Today explains that cost, in particular, is an issue that individuals should consider before they commit to having a particular procedure completed. The article provides several different tips for making an informed decision with regard to the financial side of cosmetic surgery and Dr. Hein believes that these suggestions are wonderful for virtually any individual who is thinking about getting plastic surgery. Here, Dr. Hein recounts these tips and provides her own insight to help individuals take an organized and financially responsible approach to cosmetic surgery.
According to the article, “The cost of cosmetic procedures can vary widely. Costs tend to be higher when doctors are board-certified in plastic surgery, procedures are performed in hospitals or accredited surgical facilities and done under intravenous or general anesthesia.” As such, individuals may be quoted a wide range of prices for the same procedure, depending upon where they turn for medical services.
The first tip the article offers is to create a list of prices that are quoted by local surgeons. The Healthcare Blue Book is a wonderful place to start, as it offers information based on location and can provide patients with a good idea regarding how much they can expect to spend on the procedure in which they are interested. But Dr. Hein asserts that patients should take this a step further and actually talk with individual surgeons in their area. By scheduling a consultation with these surgical offices, individuals can talk one on one with surgical professionals to receive an estimate targeted to their personal needs. Additionally, Dr. Hein adds, meeting with these professionals in person allows individuals to decide if they get along well with these surgeons and if they trust them enough to undergo surgery at their hands.
The next tip that the article provides is to remember that prices are, in some cases, negotiable. The article explains: “Because plastic surgery procedures are generally elective, they’re usually not covered by insurance unless they are medically necessary. Because the doctor performing the procedure doesn’t have to deal with insurance rates, prices may be more negotiable, and cash can be king with discounts for immediate payment.”
Dr. Jennifer Hein believes that negotiating prices can be an acceptable practice—to a certain extent. She warns individuals not to negotiate to the point where they begin to compromise the quality of the surgery they will receive for a deeper discount. Additionally, she reminds individuals that the equipment and resources used during their surgery can be expensive and that doctors do need to make a profit in order to continue to run their practices, so expecting too much of a discount may be unrealistic. She further states that patients need to keep in mind that some top plastic surgeons may have very full schedules and because of this have no need to negotiate much and can demand a slightly higher price. She says there may also be a reason why some surgeons have to offer bargain basement prices to get patients in the door.”
The article also encourages individuals to avoid credit card offers, as these financing options may have wonderful sign on incentives but may rapidly increase in the rates that they charge patients. Dr. Hein believes that, when it comes to elective cosmetic surgery, if someone needs to pay via credit card or financing, it is best to make sure the rates are reasonable and if not, they may wish to wait until they have the funds necessary to cover the operation.
The article also warns individuals against impulse shopping. With cosmetic surgery becoming increasingly mainstream, websites like Groupon and LivingSocial are offering deals on Botox, laser hair removal, and other cosmetic procedures. These websites, though they mean well by offering heavy discounts, require individuals to commit to the procedure before they have had a consultation or met their doctor. This can prove dangerous, as not everyone is a good candidate for every procedure. Dr. Hein encourages patients to never make price the primary reason for choosing to have a procedure and of whom with.
Finally, the article encourages individuals to remember that quality is essential. The goal is to find a board-certified surgeon who is experienced in the procedure that individuals are looking for and is backed up by a license, a clean disciplinary record, and an accredited medical facility. This is true for all procedures, from the minimally invasive Botox to the highly invasive abdominoplasty.
“Quality is the utmost concern when it comes to plastic surgery,” asserts Dr. Jennifer Hein. “When you allow a surgeon to perform a procedure, you are putting your health, your wellbeing, your appearance and your life into their hands. If you opt to work with a surgeon who slashed their prices but doesn’t have the high quality standards that many cosmetic professionals do you could be putting yourself at risk of a poor outcome, health risks or even death. A botched surgery can cause lifelong consequences, including disfigurement and pain. I urge individuals who are looking for a surgeon to spend a little more if need be for a quality operation rather than risk going under the knife of a doctor who has not had the necessary experience, training or uses a substandard facility.”
Dr. Hein encourages individuals who are considering plastic surgery to ask friends and family members for recommendations of doctors that they can trust. Additionally, she urges patients to ask surgeons about their qualifications, including their education, training, and subsequent experience. By doing so, Dr. Hein understands that individuals can learn more about the doctors into whose hands they may be placing their lives. Cosmetic surgery, whether minor or major in nature, is a significant decision that patients make. Dr. Hein urges individuals to take the time to research their options and choose the surgeon that will best care for them.
Dr. Jennifer Hein is the founder of the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. A medical facility, this organization offers an all-female surgical staff that provides cosmetic and laser procedures, including microdermabrasion, liposuction, breast augmentation, dermal fillers, abdominoplasty, chemical peels, rhinoplasty, facelifts, Botox, eyelid surgery, wrinkle reduction, and more. Dr. Hein and the rest of the medical team at the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery promote the education of patients and assist all individuals in learning the risks and benefits of each procedure before committing to a certain surgical option. This state-of-the-art facility urges patients to opt for medical treatments that are backed by science and can offer long-term results.