I recently coughed up some big money to pay my patient for the fact that she lost weight. I had seen her about six months ago in consultation for my services. She was most interested in body contouring procedures. The problem, as I saw it, was that she was a bit overweight for liposuction.
We live in an overweight nation, so naturally I see overweight patients who would like to believe that plastic surgery is an alternative weight loss option—it isn’t, and that comes from a plastic surgeon with over twenty five years experience that has performed thousands of liposuction procedures.
“I think it’s best if you lose some weight and come back and lets see what we can do”. “If you lose fifteen pounds, I will reduce my fee for your procedure.” Low and behold, some of these patients return for another consultation, this time a lot lighter than the last visit.
I believe that there are two important forces working here. First, people need to be told the truth about the need to lose weight before plastic surgery. Second, for most of us, the money issue is real. It’s a win-win for both you and your surgeon. You benefit from the weight loss and the less expensive procedure, your surgeon will obtain a better result under safer circumstances with a happier patient.
Losing weight is difficult for most people. Finding your “motivator” is critical to your success. Find a plastic surgeon who is willing to pay for your success.