Plastic surgery is expensive. It is natural for someone to hunt around for the best deal on a procedure because insurance companies often do not pay for these surgeries. Having to pay out of pocket will inspire anyone to look for a deal. However, you should remember that there are no savings in getting inappropriate procedures or undergoing hurried surgeries with a surgeon who is worried about money and has one eye on the clock because he or she has to fit so many surgeries into a day.

When you look for affordable cosmetic surgery, remember to watch out for a few key things. You should be looking very closely, as usual, at the qualifications of your surgeon. You should also consider which professional is the best suited for the procedure that you are seeking.

Credentials and Qualifications

When you find a great, low price for the cosmetic surgery that you need, stop and think about the background of the surgeon before anything else. Most surgeons are quite proud of their credentials and will post them on the walls of their offices and lobbies. If you cannot see your surgeon’s diplomas and degrees, that should be a warning for you. He or she almost certainly has a medical degree, but there may be something that is not reassuring to patients, such as a lack of specialized training. Look to see if your surgeon is certified by the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board certification in this profession shows that a surgeon has completed the rigorous training to achieve optimal performance in cosmetic surgery. Most patients don’t realize that only plastic surgeons are allowed to do cosmetic surgery in hospital operating rooms. Cosmetic surgery requires skill and experience. Do not be afraid to ask for confirmation of credentials.

Is He or She Right for the Procedure?

Sometimes, you find a great price for a procedure, but you have to wonder if the right person is offering it. This happens often with Botox injections. You can find incredibly inexpensive options for this procedure in malls and informal clinics. However, you should consider whether it is a good idea to get these injections from narrowly trained technicians rather than fully qualified surgeons.

You should not rush into affordable cosmetic surgery. Slow down after you find a deal or discount. Verify that the surgeon behind the deal is going to save you real money in the long-term with skill and accountability.

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Dr. Elizabeth Harris is retiring, she will no longer be doing surgeries, but she will be available for existing patients until January 31st, 2023.DIRECTIONS