March 27, 2019
Dr. Anu Bajaj, M.D.
Plastic Surgery, cosmetic surgery, Trends in plastic surgery, Oklahoma Community

Everyone is Different: So is the Price for Plastic Surgery Procedures

Are you wanting to feel more confident, but just can’t lose those extra 10 pounds? Are you seeking out cosmetic surgery? Then you may want to know how much these procedures are going to cost you. Although that’s smart, there might be some frustration because there is no set price.

Understanding the price of a surgical procedure may help to alleviate your frustration. If you’ve ever Googled “price of cosmetic surgeries,” then you know how vague prices can be and how they can vary. For example, organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will try to list estimated prices, but ultimately cannot set a price. Rather, these organizations will list a range of prices for a particular procedure or what has been trending lately. There are few sites that give an actual price for any procedure. Ever wondered why?

It’s simple. Every individual is different, which makes each inquiry for the price of a cosmetic procedure different. “The cost of a procedure varies from patient to patient,” Dr. Anureet Bajaj said.

What affects the price?

Pricing is affected by the individual’s health and habits, geography, surgeon experience, and the amount of time and complexity involved in a particular surgical procedure. Below is a list of some factors that may affect the price of an aesthetic procedure.

  • General Health – Certain procedures are riskier for those who smoke or used to smoke. Because these procedures may have a higher complication rate, the cost of the procedure may be slightly higher to reflect the level of increased risk.
  • Procedure Time – Procedures like Botox injections or lip augmentations tend to last less than 30 minutes, while other procedures can be hours long, like breast lifts or liposuction. Ultimately, a procedure that is three hours will cost more than a procedure that is one hour.
  • Procedure Complexity – An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck in an individual who has lost 100 pounds is a more complex procedure than one performed for a “standard” mommy makeover. Similarly, a face lift on an individual who has had a previous face lift is more complex because of the presence of scar tissue.
  • Geographic Region – Each state may have lower or higher pricing for procedures depending on the economic standard and cost-of-living in those regions.
  • Hospital vs. Office – Usually at a hospital facility, the charges for recovery rooms, anesthesia, or other fees can end up being more than what you would be charged at a plastic surgeon’s office or outpatient surgery center.
  • Surgeon Experience – Some surgeons who are in high demand or considered “experts” may charge more. For example, designer shoes or handbags are more expensive than those available at Target or Wal-Mart.

According to Dr. Bajaj, “The reason that the patient’s unique health history plays a role is that certain conditions are known to be associated with a higher complication rate.”

The overall price of any plastic or cosmetic surgery takes into account many different factors that benefit the patient’s comfort, procedure, and recovery. A surgeon takes into consideration whether you’re a good fit for the type of surgery you’re interested in as well as your age, health, the time required for this type of procedure, etc.

What does the price include?

Again, each procedure is different depending on the individual, but there are common fees that affect the overall price. The breakdown of different facility or fee charges can be helpful to understand what your money is being spent on, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Remember, these fees may or may not apply depending on the type of surgery you want and which surgeon you decide to go with.

  • Surgeon Fees – A plastic surgeon gets paid for the work they do, just like everyone else. The price will vary depending on type of surgery, complexity of the operation, and the techniques the surgeon uses. You should look for a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and one with whom you feel comfortable.
  • Facility Fees – This includes the operating room and associated costs of that facility. Remember it includes building maintenance, electricity, staff time, and equipment maintenance, etc. This price will also differ if it’s at a hospital vs. a surgery center since hospitals typically have more expensive overhead.
  • Anesthesia Fees – If a surgical procedure requires an anesthesiologist to administer sedation or general anesthesia, there will also be an anesthesia fee. Some surgeons will have a nurse who sedates you to help decrease the cost. However, at Bajaj Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bajaj prefers to use only board-certified anesthesiologists to provide general anesthesia so she can focus on your surgery.
  • Procedure Related Fees – These fees depend on the surgery. Some procedures require implants, like breast surgeries. These can increase the price as you will pay for the type of implant you chose.
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Care-The price also includes your pre-operative consultation and post-operative follow-up for a procedure for at least one year. For women with breast implants, Dr. Bajaj asks them to follow-up annually; and this fee typically includes that follow-up.

“Most cosmetic procedures are all-inclusive, meaning that what you pay for the surgery includes your pre-operative and post-operative care, including the management of potential complications, “ Dr. Bajaj said. If you were to experience a complication, most surgeons do have a revision policy. It is typical for the surgeon to not have an associated surgeon’s fee, but you may be responsible for additional anesthesia or facility fees if another procedure is required.

How can you get a price?

It’s always better to call, email, and ask questions about the surgery instead of asking how much it’s going to cost. Below is an easy four-step process that will help guide your search. Dr. Bajaj is available and ready to help you feel more confident in your own skin. Call (405) 810- 8448 to schedule a consultation today or head to our website for more information. At Bajaj Plastic Surgery, there are no secrets about the procedure or the price. Dr. Bajaj will always have your best interest in mind. Visit the patient info page to see all requirements and documents to fill out before you head in for a consultation.

Also, keep in mind this information applies primarily to cosmetic procedures that are not covered by insurance. Prices for insurance-covered reconstructive procedures differ because they are dictated by the contracts that various insurance companies may have with providers and hospitals, as well as your specific insurance plan.