Have you decided you have to have a labiaplasty or vaginoplasty procedure but don’t quite have enough money? Maybe you’re oh-so-close, but still just a bit short. I’m going to put my own bank account in jeopardy and share with you some secrets to saving money on your plastic procedure.
1) First, schedule your surgery in the right month. Those of us who know about the procedures know that almost all plastic surgery is seasonal. Because most surgeons don’t have as many patients in September or December, you’ll have a better chance of getting a lower price in these months.
2) See more than one surgeon for a pre-surgery consult. Naturally one of the questions you’ll ask during this visit is how much they charge. By having several numbers, if you’re confident that all are capable plastic surgeons, you can feel free to go with a lower bid. And don’t be afraid to mention to the surgeon that you’re seeing others for competitive bids.
3) By all means, ask for a discount. I read several years ago: Always ask for what you want, because if you don’t ask, you will not get it. You might not get the discount you want. But you’ll never know unless you try.
4) Stay aware of any new plastic surgeons coming to town. Every once in a while, a good surgeon will relocate to your area. When they do, they will be looking for new patients, and they will be more likely to lower those early fees to attract new patients. Be careful, though, to do a background check to make sure he or she is properly accredited and certified.
5) Take a look at the surgeon’s operating room. This room’s cost will be a major portion of your surgery fees. If a doctor has his or her own operating room, they’ll be more likely to be able to reduce your cost. However, don’t always go for the cheapest. Be sure that, like your surgeon, the operating room itself is accredited.
5) Visit a specialist. They’re better equipped, trained and experienced, and believe it or not, can be less expensive. That’s because these experts will be less likely to require a costly revision surgery. In my case, I specialize in labiaplasty and vaginoplasty, and I think I can humbly say that you won’t be nearly as likely to require a second surgery to fix a mistake if I’m your surgeon than if you get the procedure done by someone who does not specialize in the field.
6) Schedule your procedure the same day that you do your consult with the surgeon. Ask if you can have a lower fee for booking on the same day. There’s a good chance they might agree, since all surgeons know that if you walk out the door without booking the procedure, there’s a high likelihood you will never return.