How can I compare prices for cosmetic procedures?Price is important, yes, but so is the end result
When you are comparing prices by telephone and you do receive the price for a cosmetic procedure, it generally means that the centre only has one treatment to treat many issues. It is easy to give a cost for a treatment, as the operator feels that all cosmetic treatments should be treated the same. We can compare this scenario to the purchase of a photocopier. We know that most photocopies are able to scan and fax, as well as copy. However; if we attempt to scan or fax with this photocopier, we will be very disappointed with the results. In effect, all photocopiers are not the same. We were blind sided by our beliefs and purchased the cheaper model without investigating its options.
The same is true with buying a home; specific features of the house determine the cost. The cost is reflected in the location, size, and the seller’s determination of value. It is for these reasons we would not consider purchasing a home, sight unseen. The cheapest or most expensive house listed may or may not be our best suited option.
Cosmetic procedures are not any different; relying on a price to determine where we will have our treatment, it would be like our photocopier – it only does one thing. Like the purchase of a home or the photocopier, we need to investigate the options personally. By consulting with a specialist, we are able to determine if we will be receiving the best treatment available for the price we are willing to pay.
To start your investigation, the most important step would be to consult with a cosmetic specialist; preferably one that has been referred to you. The consultation allows you to scrutinize the specialist, the clinic, and determine, first hand, whether your chosen treatment will be appropriate for you. At one time, the only treatment available for the aging skin of the face; was a face lift. A very invasive, long time, recovery treatment – and the results were not always complimentary.
Today, the treatments for facial and body concerns are endless. Lasers, fillers and Botox have made the cosmetic transition, affordable, and with a lot less downtime. Lasers can now treat many skin conditions including wrinkles, loose skin, pigmentation damage, acne, uneven complexion, and age spots, to name a few maladies.
Fillers, like Juvederm, no longer are a one-size-fits-all; they have become specific to the area of treatment. For instance; Volbella is for the lips, Volift works in the nasal fold area and, for the cheeks, where more volume is generally needed, Voluma does the job nicely. There is even a product specifically created for the undereye; Redensity II, its main objective is to reduce the hollows beneath the eye and smooth out the fine lines and build the integrity of the skin in that area.
Even Botox, the line and wrinkle treating drug, comes in a few vintages; Dysport, and Xeomin. We are told that they are all the same; so why they all aren’t called Botox?
Like everything else; we need to know which one works best for me. Price is important, yes, but so is the end result. You may end up paying for the consultation and spending a few extra moments of your time; but really, isn’t it worth it? After all, it is your face and body.
Dr. John Curry is the Medical Director of BEAUTI-MED Laser Skin Care Centreand he understands how deeply problem skin can affect our well-being. During his general and surgical practice, he consulted time and again with patients requesting treatment that would effectively rejuvenate and correct skin – without the cost and recovery time of cosmetic surgery.
Dr. John Curry, MRCS, LRCP, DRCOG, has received extensive training and has performed major and cosmetic surgery for over 25 years. His memberships and qualifications includes The Royal College of Surgeons, The International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.