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Did you know that the most popular Google searches regarding plastic surgery is "plastic surgery costs"?  In fact, plastic surgery cost is so paramount, that if you listen to some of my friends it seems that cost is so often the only determinant factor indicating the performance of the surgery or not. So, in light of these glaring facts, I thought I would let everyone know just what the fees associated with plastic surgery are.

In performing cosmetic and plastic surgery there are three basic fees that must be considered: 1) the surgical fee, 2) anesthesia fee, and 3) facility fee and materials cost.

The simplist of the three to understand is the surgical fee.  Basically, it is what the surgeon takes home.  From this fee the surgeon pays for all the costs incurred in becoming and being a surgeon.  This could include school loans, malpractice insurance fees, office rent or mortgage, staff salaries, and other costs, just to name a few.  The surgical fee is determined by the judgement of one person alone, the surgeon. Depending on his or her practice expenses, they determine the fee.

The fee often overlooked by many is the anesthesia fee.  This is what the anesthesiologist takes home.  This fee may depend on several factors, including the nature of the surgery, the nature of the anesthesia administered (local, regional or general), the time needed for the surgery as well as other technical issues.  This fee is usually determined before the surgery between the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and the surgical facility. 

The fee most often misunderstood and hard to generate is the facility fee.  It is composed of many elements that may not be readily seen, including cost of nursing care, medical materials and drugs used for the surgery, and other costs that are associated with running an ambulatory surgery facility.  This price is usually fixed.  Additional material fees may be added, an example being when using breast or facial implants or other materials related to specific cosmetic surgery. 

When discussing the cost of surgery with your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation it is always a good idea to ask about each of these fees.  Cosmetic surgery is not covered by medical insurance, thus making it a  luxery item paid for by discretionary income has contributed to it becoming affordable and within reach to larger segments of the population.  The more knowledgeable and informed you are, the better the chances you will get a "better product" so to speak and a "bigger bang for your buck" if I may say.  However, I want to caution you, in that in plastic surgery, as is in most industries, you get what you pay for.  Qaulity assurance is the doctor's creditionals and bedside manner, their board certification in plastic and cosmetic surgery and surgical center accreditation. 

Well, my friends, I hope I have cleared some of the questions up about what you are infact paying for when having plastic surgery.  Remember, just because it is more expensive at one physicians office and less at another does not mean the more expensive surgeon is the best.  YOU have to decide the right fit for you!   And the fee goes to...

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