Most people today consider the cost to be a major factor in deciding whether or not to have a cosmetic surgery performed. Dr. Kevin Sadati recognizes that people will want to know what the price of a surgery will be in the end, but he also feels it is important that patients understand the factors that contribute to that final price point. A cosmetic surgery is a major medical procedure, and patients should not choose an inexperienced surgeon simply because they cost less money. To help his patients prepare financially for surgery — be it a primary or a revision procedure — he provides a breakdown of the factors that make up the cost for Orange County patients who frequent his Newport Beach practice.
Surgeon Fee — The bulk of any plastic surgery cost is going to be the fee for the surgeon who will be performing the procedure. An experienced surgeon will charge more money, but this same expert will provide much better results. Working with an experienced surgeon significantly lowers the risk of revision.
Facility Fee — This is another major portion of the price for the procedure. If patients choose to have the surgery at a hospital, they can expect the fee to be very high. In-office procedures might be available, and these are not expensive at all, however, there is some risk involved in having a surgery performed in an office. Dr. Sadati often recommends surgical centers to his patients, as they provide a safe alternative to a hospital room but have a moderate cost associated with them.
Complexity of the Surgery — Less extensive surgeries take less time to perform; therefore, they will not cost as much money. A revision surgery, on the other hand, tends to be a more complex operation that requires more time. A revision procedure will be more expensive than a primary rhinoplasty.
Anesthesiologist Fee — Most rhinoplasty procedures will require an anesthesiologist to be present. The patient must pay for this service. Most revision patients will have to be placed under general anesthesia, which is the most expensive option. Patients can discuss other anesthesia options with the surgeon if they wish.
Patients who are considering a rhinoplasty or any other cosmetic work should know that there is a certain level of monetary investment involved. While it might be tempting to look for a cheaper price, remember that what you really want is results that look good and last a long time.