As the adage goes, "everyone loves a bargain." After all, what’s not to love about saving money? But sometimes that great deal isn’t so great after all. Take plastic surgery, for example. While patients may think they are being smart consumers by calling around to find the best price, that can easily backfire. Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada, explains why.
"The problem with doctor-shopping for plastic surgeons is that the fee you pay is based on the doctor’s skill," he says. "It’s not like getting a good deal on a toaster. You’re not getting an identical product for less by going with the lowest price."
According to Mitchell, some of the things that factor into the fee for procedures also include the doctor’s insurance, memberships to professional accreditation organizations, continuing education, staff, and fees for equipment, tools and surgical facilities.
"All of these costs add up, but generally speaking the more you pay, the higher level of skill your surgeon should have, and the better experience you can expect," Mitchell says.