Summary: Getting a deal on plastic surgery can be a good thing, right? After all, who doesn’t like to save a few bucks. But is that really a good thing? After all, we often talk about how plastic surgery tourism (which people employ to save a few bucks) is probably not the best idea. So what about Black Friday deals on plastic surgery?
Evaluating Black Friday Deals on Plastic Surgery
Thanksgiving is an almost sacred American holiday. It celebrates peace and togetherness (however short lived that peace was). It is a cause to give thanks for what you have in your life. And it’s also a cause to covet what you don’t have—after all, Thanksgiving also heralds the arrival of the Black Friday circular.
It’s not uncommon, these days, to spend a least a portion of Thanksgiving looking at great Black Friday deals. And those Black Friday deals can really apply to anything: mattresses, toys, cars, plastic surgery. Wait, plastic surgery?
I guess that’s the question: Is a Black Friday deal on plastic surgery a good idea? Or is it something that should be avoided? Well, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of Black Friday deals on plastic surgery.
The Good About Black Friday Deals on Plastic Surgery
If you want a brand new television and you only pay half price for it, it’s the same television. You can verify the brand, you can verify the quality (read some reviews, maybe). That feels like a discount. But there’s a human element to deals on something like plastic surgery that might make one pause.
After all, if you pay half the price for your breast augmentation, are you still getting the same results? It’s worth noting that plastic surgeons—especially board certified plastic surgeons—are always trying to give patients the best results possible. In other words, reputable surgeons won’t try to cut corners because you’re paying a discounted price. That’s just not the way they work.
In fact, one of the reasons that surgeons have deals of any kind is the same reason that any other business will have a sale: supply and demand. Surgeons have to stock up on a wide variety of products, and sometimes they tend to accumulate an excess of those products (anything from breast implants to Botox).
If you want to clear inventory, the best way is to have a sale!
Take the Same Steps You Would With Any Procedure
However, if you’re worried about the quality of the final result, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and make sure you’re getting the best possible deal. Now, if you’ve read some of our other articles, many of these steps will not come as a shock. Indeed, they might seem a bit familiar because they aren’t different from the usual advice we give out:
- Check before and after photos: This is the best way to see what a surgeon’s work looks like when everything is all said and done. And it’s not unlikely that some patients in the before and after gallery got their procedure done during a promotion of some kind.
- Check the credentials of the surgeon: Whenever possible, ask your surgeon if he or she is board certified. And if they are not board certified ask why. There might be logical explanations, and it never hurts to know. Certification is simply a way of verifying a surgeon’s experience and expertise. Board certification is something you can almost always check on.
- Check out reviews and ask for referrals: This is another great way to check not only on the results your surgeon provides but also to see how patients are treated. If you find a patient that raves about a particular surgeon, that’s usually a good sign. You can even ask that patient about whether they received their procedure at a discounted price for whatever reason.
It’s Not All About Price
There’s no getting around the fact that there is always a certain price and a certain cost associated with plastic surgery. It’s a medical procedure and it’s not covered by medical insurance (in most cases), so whether you’re getting a breast augmentation in New Jersey or a facelift in Los Angeles, it’s going to affect your pocketbook.
That’s, in fact, why many surgeons offer discounts in the first place. They want patients to get great results. In lieu of discounts, many surgeons will offer financing. It’s not the same thing, of course, but sometimes it’s easier for surgeons to offer discounts through financing than through the baseline cost.
Regardless of whether you decide to go in for some Black Friday deals on plastic surgery or wait until the shopping frenzy dies down, you’re the one that should be setting the pace for your procedure. You should move ahead only when you’re ready. Of course, sometimes the timing of a deal is just perfect.