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Purchasing Power or “How
Each patient looking for plastic cosmetic
surgery has purchasing power, or the potential to obtain
for the price or fees quoted for plastic surgery from the
surgeon or practice.
Listed below are potential ideas to
discuss with your surgeon. Keep in mind that you are unique,
and the fees
prices quoted to you will be the physician's prices plus
any additional service required for your circumstance. This
why the consultation is essential to learn about the unique
services to be provided to you and how much they are likely
Also, keep in mind that costs or fees
or prices quoted are only quotes or estimates. There may
costs incurred due to untoward events or undetermined difficulties
encountered during surgery.
There are possibilities for reducing costs
or obtaining discounts from your provider. We have heard of
the following possibilities from many patients:
- Group rates.
Sometimes attending the consultation and scheduling surgery
in a group of family members or close friends entitles
patients to a discount.
Referring a friend or family member may encourage the doctor
to grant a discount to you and/or the referral.
- Release for Publishing
Before and After Images.
Physicians may wish to publish before and after pictures
or have them available in office books for review by potential
patients. By offering to have your pictures included in
any materials published, you may get a discount in return.
- Package pricing.
Some Practices may give a discount for packaging a series
of on-going treatments or procedures to be paid for in advance
of services. Many times the benefit of getting fees upfront
will offset the discount the physician offers. This can
be mutually beneficial.
- Seasonality or Booking the Procedure
in a Timely Basis.
Some practices will offer promotions or discounts
to those that make a timely commitment to go forward with
the procedure. This is in return for helping the practice
smooth out its procedure or surgery schedule or aid in filling
in slower times due to seasonal flux.
Many other ideas may be possible. Please share your experiences
or ideas in our forum.