The first operation is the patient’s best opportunity to get a great result. It becomes increasingly difficult to achieve this with each successive procedure. This has to do with the surgeon’s ability to correct and control the scar tissue which forms in the
Paramus, NJ (Vocus) February 18, 2010
Money is always a factor when shopping for big ticket items and cosmetic surgery certainly can be included in that category. “It’s important for patients to differentiate between price and cost. If you go with the cheapest price, you may put yourself at unnecessary risk for unexpected costs in the long term. Complication rates, extended recovery time, poor results and secondary corrective surgery are too high a price to pay for a ‘bargain.’ Choosing a surgeon who offers breast augmentation at a dramatically reduced cost can be a bad decision,” says Dr. Parker, board-certified, New Jersey plastic surgeon.
In the hands of a well trained and experienced plastic surgeon, state of the art breast augmentation today should be a straightforward procedure. This means a well educated patient, knowledgeable about the type and size implant they want, a well executed surgical procedure associated with a rapid, pain free recovery and natural appearing, soft breasts.
“If the price sounds too good to be true… then Buyer, in this case, Patient beware,” says Dr. Paul M. Parker, Medical Director of The Parker Center for Plastic Surgery in Paramus, NJ.
Unfortunately, bargain breast augmentation is often accompanied by one or more of the following: a more prolonged or painful recovery than is necessary requiring additional time out of work and poor results. These cause the costs of the procedure to increase above and beyond what was paid for the initial surgery-- the cost of another procedure and the costs associated with recovery from another procedure including taking time off from work or school.
“The first operation is the patient’s best opportunity to get a great result. It becomes increasingly difficult to achieve this with each successive procedure. This has to do with the surgeon’s ability to correct and control the scar tissue which forms in the “breast pocket” around the breast implant,” says Dr. Parker. He also notes that some revisions are impossible because too much damage has been done.
When searching for a cosmetic surgeon in New Jersey, Dr. Parker urges patients to comparison shop, but not just on cost. “It is important to compare the surgeon’s credentials, experience facilities, and the testimonials from former patients,” he says.
He warns potential patients that “just because a doctor calls himself a cosmetic surgeon, he may not be thoroughly trained as one.” The first qualification for choosing a surgeon is to make sure he or she is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This ensures a surgeon has received specific and rigorous surgical training, and then passed both written and oral board examinations in plastic surgery. Secondly, the surgeon should be experienced in performing breast augmentation. You can evaluate this by asking to see before and after results of their patients who have had breast augmentation. In addition, ask to speak with several of these patients to hear what their experience and recovery were like. Thirdly, make sure you feel comfortable with the surgeon. Be sure that when you ask them a question, they look you in the eye and give an answer that makes sense to you. All relationships, including the doctor patient relationship, require effective communication and trust—be sure these exist with your surgeon. Finally, be sure you are comfortable with the surgeon’s staff and surgical facility where the procedure will be performed; that the facility should be fully certified for outpatient surgery.
The average total cost of a New Jersey breast augmentation is around $7,370 for both breasts. When comparison shopping, it is important to compare apples to apples. The patient should be sure they receive a written quotation from each surgeon they visit. This should include, at a minimum, the following: the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee and the cost of the breast implants. Without a detailed quote, patients could be getting more or less for their money. At The Parker Center, breast augmentation surgeries are priced fairly and associated with significant value.
Here’s what’s included at the Parker Center for every patient having breast augmentation to insure a great experience at an affordable cost:
- An in-depth initial consultation with Dr. Parker about breast augmentation surgery options
- Time spent with Dr. Parker’s staff carefully reviewing many Before and After photos of breast augmentation patients
- Time spent with Dr. Parker’s staff reviewing video and written testimonials by former breast augmentation patients of Dr. Parker’s and the opportunity to speak with them about their experience and results
- Several Sizing and Shaping Sessions with Dr. Parker’s experienced nurses to determine implant size/type
- A face to face Pre-op Education Session with Dr. Parker’s Nurse Educator prior to surgery
- A comfortable, fully-certified onsite ambulatory surgical facility where surgery is performed
- An experienced surgical team led by Dr. Parker, employing state of the art surgical techniques to create soft, natural appearing breasts
- Board Certified Anesthesiologists who work daily with Dr. Parker and have for years, to administer appropriate anesthesia for surgery
- Signature “Rapid Recovery Program” to help bring about a quick, pain free recovery with careful postoperative follow up by Dr. Parker and his experienced team of nurturing nurses
- Attractive financing packages to help make the surgery more affordable
When seeking New Jersey breast augmentation, choose a surgeon who is board certified, experienced, professional, surrounded by a good team. Be confident that they will give you a good result and value for your money. Be cautious of the surgeon who offers breast augmentation at bargain prices in order to avoid the unnecessary risk for unexpected costs in the long run.
About Dr. Paul M. Parker:
Dr. Parker is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He holds a certificate of advanced education in cosmetic surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Additionally, he has been selected as one of the top surgeons in his field by Consumer’s Research Council of America and has been named one of “America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly. He has also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center.
About The Parker Center:
Located in Paramus, New Jersey, The Parker Center is a 15,000 square foot facility boasting an AAAASF and Medicare certified surgical center, state of the art medi-spa and circuit training gym. The Parker Center for Plastic Surgery New Jersey prides itself on enhancing their patient’s lives through individualized support and impeccable attention to detail.