Factors that Affect the Cost of Elective Cosmetic Surgery

Matthew C Camp, MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

At Echelon Surgical Specialists, we offer transparent pricing for our procedures.  Our quoted rate remains unchanged for 3 months, ensuring clarity and peace of mind.  Our prices include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee (our patients are under the care of a board certified anesthesiologist in the interest of surgical safety), the facility charge (we only operate at accredited ambulatory surgery centers), the procedure itself, supplies and materials such as breast implants and Keller funnel for breast augmentation or Exparel for tummy tucks, and your post op followup visits with us in the clinic.  

We are also very up-front on our estimate sheets about what is not included.   Patients are responsible for the cost of medications to pickup prior to surgery at your pharmacy, any preop clearance or imaging visits with providers outside of Echelon Surgical Specialists, any additional after care encounters at outside facilities such as optional post-lymphatic massage services or urgent care visits.  Additionally, some breast reduction procedures may involve outside pathology charges.  Any future surgical procedures are considered separate charges and are not included in the price for the initial procedure.

From the moment you step into our clinic, costs begin accruing to cover support staff and facility expenses. The duration of surgery directly impacts the facility charge, with the first hour being the most expensive. Anesthesia and implants, such as breast
implants, are additional costs, along with premium items like Exparel.  

Some clinics break down costs, and require the patient to make separate payments for the surgeon’s fee, the facility fee, and the anesthesia fee, but this can create an illusion of lower prices, as secondary charges like facility and anesthesia may fluctuate based on actual usage.  At Echelon Surgical Specialists, we don’t like surprises, so if your surgery runs 30 minutes longer than we anticipated, you will not receive a separate bill for an additional anesthesia charge.

Our commitment to transparency means you can focus on your journey towards a wonderful result, with no hidden fees. Remember, consultations are free, and you only incur charges when you decide to proceed with surgery.