Cosmetic surgeries can be used to improve one’s appearance, to solve some medical issues, to regain a youthful look and even to repair injuries. However, many potential candidates run the other way when they consider the cost of these procedures, feeling that it is just not worth it. Many cosmetic procedures can be surprisingly affordable when patients stop to consider these few tips.
- First, patients should contact their insurance companies. Many people assume that all cosmetic surgeries have to be paid out of pocket, but this is simply not the case for surgeries performed for medical reasons. For example, septoplasties are often performed to improve breathing, and eyelid surgeries may be performed to improve eyesight. In addition, some procedures, such as rhinoplasties, are performed to correct injures from car accidents or sports. Procedures performed for documented medical issues are often covered under most insurance plans.
- Second, patients should consider combining two procedures. Instead of having the procedures performed at separate times, patients can have them performed simultaneously to decrease anesthesia and operating room costs and even charges from the surgeon, Dr. Tavoussi. In addition, many patients feel that this decreases their anxiety levels.
- Third, patients should ask for a payment plan. We often offer qualifying patients who are going to pay out of pocket a payment plan that works for them. Payments can be divided up over several months to help patients fit costs into their budgets. Individuals can ask our office manager about this option.
- Finally, patients should consider the intrinsic worth of the procedure to their emotional health. While some cosmetic procedures, such as tummy tucks or facelifts, may not be seen as medically necessary for physical reasons, they can do much to affect the patient’s emotional, social and even mental well-being. Our Orange County cosmetic procedures can improve confidence in public, raise self-esteem and help patients feel youthful. These are benefits that cannot be measured in dollar signs.