Plastic Surgery: Considering the Costs, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Robert Zubowski on What You Should Take Into Account

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Americans spent $10.5 billion dollars on plastic surgery in 2009, according to the latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. That was down 20 percent from the year before, as the economy took a toll on those opting for cosmetic surgery. That is likely to be reversed in 2010, as personal finances improve. “Based on what we’re seeing in our practice right now, people of all ages are beginning to invest again in their appearance, especially as they work to market themselves in the job world,” notes Dr. Robert Zubowski. “But cost remains a big issue for many of our patients.”

Dr. Robert Zubowski

“In our practice, we have full disclosure when it comes to the cost, and will work with patients to determine the best way for them to cover their procedures."

Americans spent $10.5 billion dollars on plastic surgery in 2009, according to the latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. That was down 20 percent from the year before, as the economy took a toll on those opting for cosmetic surgery. That is likely to be reversed in 2010, as personal finances improve. “Based on what we’re seeing in our practice right now, people of all ages are beginning to invest again in their appearance, especially as they work to market themselves in the job world,” notes Dr. Robert Zubowski. “But cost remains a big issue for many of our patients.”

Cost, of course, should be a key variable to weigh in the pursuit of ageless beauty. Dr. Zubowski notes that how much a procedure costs will vary greatly depending on several factors.

First to have an impact on cost: the area or areas to be treated. If you are considering liposuction in several areas, it may be more cost effective to do it on several parts of the body at once, rather than individually. Similarly, the cost is higher for larger body areas. Liposuction of the abdomen, for example, will cost significantly more than liposuction of the outer thigh.

The expertise and experience of the physician is something else you may want to take into account. “Although the most expensive surgeon may not be the best, be wary of any surgeon who gives you a quote that is significantly below the average in your geographical area.”

The surgeon’s overhead is also something that will have an impact on the cost. So will the amount of time and effort required of the surgeon, the cost of anesthesiologist’s services, as well as operating room and lab fees.

Dr. Zubowski advises patients to question certain advertised plastic surgery costs, which may appear low because they only reflect the cost of the procedure itself, not the other costs associated with it, which may also include pre- and post-operative exams, and even corrective surgery, if needed.

“In our practice, we have full disclosure when it comes to the cost, and will work with patients to determine the best way for them to cover their procedures.

About Dr. Robert Zubowski, Real Housewives of New Jersey Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Robert Zubowski is a renowned plastic surgeon who has been addressing the cosmetic and reconstructive needs of patients for more than 20 years. The Robert Zubowski, M.D. Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers extensive services, including liposuction, facelifts, and a long list of skin care services .

Dr. Zubowski is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Plastic Surgery, the American Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has appeared as an expert on numerous news and talk shows including The View and Fox News, and was recently featured in a segment of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. He was also was voted Bergen County’s number one plastic surgeon by the Bergen Record.

To learn more about cosmetic surgery costs and Dr. Zubowski’s practice, contact Anne Carbone at the Robert Zubowski, M.D. Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 201-261-7550.

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