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Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. A surgeon's cost for liposuction may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, and geographic location. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Costs may include:
• Surgeon's fee
• Hospital or surgical facility costs
• Anesthesia fees
• Prescriptions for medication
• Post-surgery garments
• Any special pillows that may be required for your recovery
• Implant fees
• Medical tests

Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery or its complications.

Your satisfaction involves more than a fee:
When choosing a plastic surgeon for buttock augmentation, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) you can trust. ASPS member surgeons meet rigorous standards:
• Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
• Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
• Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
• Graduate from an accredited medical school
• Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety, each year
• Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities

Do not be confused by other official sounding boards and certifications.
The ABPS is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which has approved medical specialty boards since 1934. There is no ABMS recognized certifying board with “cosmetic surgery” in its name. By choosing a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can be assured that you are choosing a qualified, highly trained plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the ABPS or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

This brochure is intended strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to make any representations or warranties about the outcome of any procedure. It is not a substitute for a thorough, in-person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. 


Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation
o Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
o Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
o Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
o Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
o Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
o What will be expected of me to get the best results?
o Where and how will you perform my procedure?
o What surgical technique is recommended for me?
o How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
o What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
o How are complications handled?
o How can I expect my buttock augmentation to look over time?
o What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my buttock augmentation?
o Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

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