Q: Can you please advise of any plastic surgeon that does breast lift/augmentation at a discounted rate? I have a birth defect that has hindered my ability to become intimate for years. I am ashamed/embarrassed to have anyone see/feel my breast. I am 40 yrs old & desperately want to be normal for once in my life, I just want the chance to have what other women have in their lives. I cannot express enough how very important this is to me. I would like to have the opportunity to love/be loved in my life. Please, if you know of any surgeons, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
A: The desire to try and get cosmetic plastic surgery procedures at the best price, or even for free, is a common one. It is an understandable request and I get many of them each week. As a general rule, one will find few if any plastic surgeons that will provide their services for free or significantly discounted for cosmetic surgery procedures. Quite frankly, there are several reasons why this is so. First, there are many other expenses incurred during surgery besides the plastic surgeon’s time. Operating room supplies and anesthesia fees are two of the most prominent. These have to be paid and are out of the control of the plastic surgeon. Secondly and of equal importance are the medico-legal risks that a plastic surgeon is exposed to from any surgery and patient, regardless of what fees are or are not paid. There is simply more to the cost of providing a surgery other than just the plastic surgeon’s time. This is why you will not find a plastic surgeon that will provide breast augmentation at a fee rate that most patients who like it discounted to.
Dr. Barry Eppley