In our last post, we discussed some things to be aware of when looking for a cosmetic surgeon, including the difference between a plastic vs. cosmetic surgeon and how to look for a surgeon’s experience. This time, we are going to focus on a few more things. Remember, this is by no means an exhaustive list, but just a place to get started in your research.
Before you ever get to the topic of payment, you should have at least one consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. This is so they can get to know you as well you getting to know them. Most importantly, you want to find a surgeon who makes you feel comfortable. If this is your very first cosmetic procedure, you may be nervous – and that’s okay. A good surgeon will recognize this and help make you feel at ease. It also important that the surgeon does not make you feel pressured to perform a procedure. Part of the consultation is deciding not only if a surgeon is the right fit for you, but if the surgery itself is right, too.
Be wary of surgeons offering “one day only” pricing or other sleazy salesman techniques. Some offices use the technique of a “closer”, where the surgeon quotes one price, but then someone else comes in offering a better price to get you to sign on the spot. While a price and payment options may be discussed at your initial consultation, they should not be limited time offers. Surgeries are not purchases to be taken lightly, especially if you have been saving for some time. You should be allowed to think about it, and not required to make a decision on the spot.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Going in for your first consultation can be an intimidating thing. You may have a lot of questions to ask, but it can be easy to forget. Be sure to right down all of the questions and points you want to talk about. A good surgeon should not be afraid to answer anything. But what about what you don’t know? Not to worry – the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has an excellent article about all the things to look for in a cosmetic surgeon. They also include a handy checklist outlining all the things to look for when choosing you surgeon.