Plastic Surgery and the Economy

A sour economy has in some ways been good for the cosmetic surgery industry, or rather the cosmetic surgery patient. With fewer consumer dollars available, plastic surgeons have had to become more competitive and willing to offer their highly skilled services at better rates or discount prices.

If competition is the spur to excellence it is also the key to making cosmetic surgery a more affordable option that is more accessible to the average consumer. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 13 million plastic surgery procedures performed in 2012 - up about 5 percent in a single year. Even though money is tight these days, people are still looking to find the right cosmetic surgeon and the right procedure done at the right price.

Companies such as Chase Health Advance and Health One Financial provide loans for cosmetic surgery, making cosmetic surgery a positive, attainable, and life-changing solution. In fact financing cosmetic surgery has become a much more popular and attainable option in recent years. It is now much more realistic to afford that rhinoplasty or facelift.

Even as the world economy has shrunk, the “medical tourism” industry has continued to thrive as people opt to travel overseas to have their cosmetic surgical procedures done at even lower cost. But there is a risk to the U.S. patient if the surgeon turns out to be less than qualified and the procedure goes awry. Having to redo facial surgery due to malpractice or medical error in a foreign country can end up being a costly hassle. A few more dollars spent at home may actually be worth the added cost of having a surgical procedure done correctly.

The old adage that you get what you pay for also applies to cosmetic surgery. It pays to shop around. But don't just go with just any cosmetic surgeon offering great results at a great price point. You could wind up paying far more than what you bargained for in a botched surgical procedure.

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