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Guest Columnist Author: Dr. Stephen P. Beals Last Updated: Nov 29, 2012 - 7:11:02 AM

There has Never Been a Better Time to Save Money on Enhancing Your Appearance

By Dr. Stephen P. Beals
Apr 12, 2009 - 9:21:00 AM

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( - Like many other industries, cosmetic surgery has taken a hard hit since the economic downturn. The current crisis has caused people great concern about spending discretionary income, and so for the first time in a decade, plastic surgery was down more that 11 percent in 2008 (according to The American Society for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery). While the industry is affected, demand and interest in surgeries and procedures is still high. In fact, injectables such as Botox®, dermal fillers, and sclerotherapy continue to be popular as many patients are choosing to put off more involved procedures for more affordable ones.

With the job market shrinking and the economy in crisis, should people be considering plastic surgery to enhance their appearance?

Interestingly enough, there has never been a better time to find a bargain for plastic surgery. For the first time ever, patients are negotiating deals, comparison shopping and price matching their surgical procedures. At the same time, doctors are slashing their prices, and open schedules and competitive rates are allowing patients flexibility and savings. Surgeons aren’t the only ones offering great deals. Juvederm© and Botox® are offering promotions, anesthesiologists are bringing prices down and operating room costs are decreasing.

With discounted services, however, comes a higher need to research a surgeon’s quality and expertise. Now more than ever, patients must be careful when searching for the most qualified surgeon at the best price. As with any medical procedure, trust, compassion and expertise are more important than price when finding the right doctor.

Keeping the importance of a board certified and expert surgeon in mind, patients have the opportunity to take advantage of great deals during these tough times that can enhance their appearance and boost self confidence.

Dr. Stephen P. Beals is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a trusted surgeon in the greater Phoenix area. He has been voted as a Top Plastic Surgeon in Arizona by Phoenix Magazine multiple times during the past 11 years. He has been in private practice for more than two decades and specializes in Craniofacial, Cleft and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery including facial cosmetic surgery, breast lift and augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction. To learn more about Dr. Beals’ practice, please visit

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