PSC No Spin LIVE

Is Cheaper Better? Why the Right Plastic Surgeon is Worth the Cost!

Is Cheaper Better? Why the Right Plastic Surgeon is Worth the Cost!

Plastic surgery can be expensive and prices will vary depending on what you want done and where you go to have the surgery. When you’re presented with a bargain price, it may be hard to pass up.  But are you really saving money? Dr. Bruce Van Natta, a board certified plastic surgeon from Indianapolis, Indiana, discusses how patients getting a good deal may lead to bad results.

By Bruce Van Natta, MD
and Susan Kamyab
ThePlasticSurgeryChannel.com

iStock_000005332991SmallSkip the Medical Tourism Trip

To avoid the high cost of plastic surgery procedures, some patients will look into medical tourism as an option.  Medical tourism has become popular for many who want certain procedures but don’t want to pay or don’t have the money for the traditionally higher prices you’ll find here in the U.S.  Some will look to other areas of the world for medical care with a lower price. For example, a breast augmentation procedure that might cost $6,000 in the U.S. can be done for about $2,200 in India.  Sadly, in many cases, the cheaper price could end up costing you more in the long run.

Dr. Van Natta recently had a patient who experienced a bad outcome with her medical tourism experience.  After having bariatric surgery and losing  weight, she decided to have plastic surgery outside of the U.S. because it was such a better deal.  She ended up getting a tummy tuck, a breast lift with implants, and a thigh lift at a really good price.  However, her results were not good.  Sometimes the results can be good, but what happens when that’s not the case?

The problem is, many patients do not really know who is performing the surgeries.  All they hear is the price and they’re not asking the plastic surgeon the important questions.  Are they board certified?  Are they qualified?  In the case of Dr. Van Natta’s patient, they were not qualified.  “Now she has come to me and is looking at spending, thousands and thousands of dollars to try to fix things.  And quite honestly she has got some things that I may not be able to fix.”

Do the research, and know your doctor!

Countries that offer medical tourism are typically located in Africa, the Middle East, South America, Asia, and Europe.  Although these destination countries promote a safe procedure and a relaxing vacation, patients need to be more careful. Van Natta says patients should think about the potential risks and follow-up care that come with medical tourism.  Plastic surgery is still surgery!

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), “Before surgery, patients should research the potential plastic surgery risks and side effects for their particular procedure.  Your surgeon should discuss what you can expect during recovery, and what you can do to minimize risk.”  If you are going to travel out of the United States really do your homework.  You might end-up saving more money by staying here and seeing a trusted, board certified plastic surgeon.

 

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

PSC No Spin LIVE

More in PSC No Spin LIVE

Macro-Textured Implants and Breast Implant-Associated ALCL.

Macro-Textured Implants and Breast Implant-Associated ALCL

William P. Adams, Jr., MDNovember 16, 2017
19-year-old "Dr. Kitty" Busted for Cosmetic "Practice" in her Basement.

19-year-old “Dr. Kitty” Busted for Cosmetic “Practice” in her Basement

Louis Bucky, MDNovember 13, 2017
Do Plastic Surgeons Have Surgery Themselves?

Do Plastic Surgeons Have Surgery Themselves?

Ashley Gordon, MDNovember 3, 2017

Over-Filled Lips are a Freaky Predicament

William P. Adams, Jr., MDOctober 31, 2017
Family Doctor Sued by 15 Women After Plastic Surgery Complications.

Family Doctor Sued by 15 Women After Plastic Surgery Complications

Ashley Gordon, MDOctober 27, 2017
A Facelift vs. Mini Facelift Discussion.

A Facelift vs. Mini Facelift Discussion

Charles Messa III, MDOctober 12, 2017
A prize from labiaplasty - your labia necklace.

A Prize from Labiaplasty – Your Labia Necklace

Tiffany McCormack, MDOctober 9, 2017
Jane Fonda pestered over plastic surgery past.

Jane Fonda Pestered Over Plastic Surgery Past

Tiffany McCormack, MDOctober 6, 2017
The Media Claims Surgeons Fix More Procedures Than Not Afterwards.

The Media Claims Surgeons Fix More Procedures Than Not Afterwards

Daniel A. Del Vecchio, MDSeptember 29, 2017