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Price is a secondary factor when choosing a cosmetic specialist

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Reflections for Botox injections.
Reflections for Botox injections.

When shopping for shoes or clothing, it’s a great idea to look around until you find the best price. However, when it comes to choosing a medical professional for Botox injections, laser tattoo removal or smartlipo treatments, going for the facility with bargain basement prices may not be a good idea.

You only get one body, and choosing an inexperienced or untrustworthy healthcare provider to perform cosmetic procedures can result in botched results, partial paralysis, infection or scarring.

A survey conducted by technology company Suneva Medical reveals that while many individuals do sometimes price shop for their minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, the first thing people usually look for is past patient satisfaction. Additionally, while customers are willing to shell out some extra cash for a younger looking appearance, they want their procedures to give lasting results.

“Unlike what we saw in 2008, today more patients see value in spending more for something that delivers the results they want for a longer period of time. With consumer confidence in the U.S. as low as it is, this survey points to a real trend among patients making smart decisions when it comes to fighting the signs of aging,” said Park Avenue plastic purgeon Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D.

A CNN article provided some pointers for people seeking out a trusted cosmetic professional. First, the news source recommended checking out a surgeon or healthcare provider’s records. Many times, if there has been a lawsuit associated with a particular provider, it can be found online.

Additionally, be sure to visit your professional before scheduling an appointment, and come with questions written down. Ask how often they perform a particular procedure, where they were trained and under which boards they are certified.

You may want to be skeptical of a professional who tries to sell you on multiple procedures at one time, as this may signal that they are only after money and not giving their patient the best results possible.

The Suneva survey also revealed that the vast majority – about 94 percent – of medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers are beginning to offer procedures that will give customers a more natural appearance, as opposed to a face that has obviously had some work done.