During tough financial times, people go out of their way to find the best cost cutting measures. In many cases, buying a generic brand or a cheaper alternative to a product is a good thing. These low cost alternatives often provide the same results with little or no difference, except in the weight of the buyer’s wallet. While the need to cut costs can be an important one, when it comes to medical practices and procedures, cheaper is not always better.
With the plastic surgery industry continuing its rapid growth trend into 2013, there are many businesses now trying to vie for your hard earned dollar. Many of these so-called “doctors” and “medical spas” offer huge savings on services, from Botox® and other injectables to surgical procedures such as liposuction. In order to offer these huge savings, corners need to be cut somewhere. What corners are they cutting?
One of the latest questionable trends is buying second tier products, either from out of the country or from an unconfirmed wholesaler. The FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) has recently issued warnings to more than 350 medical practices about purchasing versions of non-surgical facial rejuvenation injectables from such sources. While these products claim the same level of quality and safety at lower prices, they are scrutinized and not approved by the FDA; therefore, they are not guaranteed to be safe. While these savings may seem significant, they may come with the additional cost of one’s health. You can rest assured that Pinsky Plastic Surgery will only use tested, approved products in their procedures.
When a deal sounds too good to be true, it often is. The best way to ensure your safety is to research the doctor performing the procedure. Professional affiliations like board-certification by the ABPS (the American Board of Plastic Surgery), which Dr. Pinsky has acquired, require a strict commitment to safety and excellence. He must meet the stringent guidelines set forth for board-certification in order to achieve this title, which puts him among the most qualified plastic surgeons in the country. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Pinksy helps ensure great results and safety.
As more and more surgeons offer deals through a variety of sources, be aware. Look into these deals and the people offering them. Don’t get tempted by the dollar signs. There are many cosmetic and plastic surgery procedure options available to fit every budget. By choosing a quality plastic surgeon, you can find the best and most cost effective course of action to suit your needs.