Prices for cosmetic surgery vary widely based on a number of factors, as I point out in the concluding segment of Beauty from Afar‘s Chapter 2:
Being a surgeon, particularly being a surgeon for uninsured, elective procedures, is a business, wherever one is located. And the global recession has had an impact on the business of cosmetic surgery. This report is from January 2009, but I rather doubt that cosmetic surgery is less recession-proof than the rest of the economy:
Well-established practices are weathering the storm. Not-so-well established practices are not, and some are not surviving.
Anywhere in between? Whether in the U.S. or abroad, cosmetic surgeons are getting more creative about marketing to patients and that means, often, that patients have some bargaining power when it comes to price.
No sane person chooses a surgeon solely on the basis of price. But discounts can be attractive.
That finishes up Chapter 2, hooray! I have no idea if anyone is following along day by day, but the visitor count has been rising steadily. On to Chapter 3 … which is a brief history of medical tourism.