The Dangerously High Cost of Cheap Plastic Surgery

Board-certified Schenectady plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce K. Barach believes in a personal approach to cosmetic surgery that takes into account your individual physical needs and aesthetic goals.As the popularity of cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tucks have increased, so have the number of low-cost, high-volume plastic surgery centers that favor quantity over quality and safety. A Sept. 20, 2011, USA Today article titled “Cosmetic surgery gets cheaper, faster, scarier” focuses on the complications that can occur when patients choose bargain-basement cosmetic surgery over procedures performed by experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons who focus on individualized attention.The article features a number of cautionary cosmetic surgery tales, including that of a 32-year-old single mother who chose to undergo liposuction and fat-transfer surgery at a plastic surgery clinic because of a lower cost than that offered by the practices of board-certified plastic surgeons. She suffered severe complications that necessitated two blood transfusions and a hospital stay.

The woman’s problems from the botched procedures cost her nearly $50,000 in medical bills, which her insurance will not cover because the cosmetic surgery procedures were elective.

When you’re considering cosmetic surgery, it’s advisable to schedule one-on-one consultations with prospective surgeons and to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will take the time to understand your personal desires, discuss your procedure or procedures with you in detail, and explain the potential risks associated with your cosmetic surgery procedures.

If you live in the Albany, Schenectady or Saratoga Springs, New York, areas and are considering plastic surgery, pleasecontact the office of Dr. Bruce K. Barach to schedule your personal consultation.