Similarly, to other elective medical treatments, plastic surgery can be quite expensive. There are many that will set you back by thousands of dollars. It's unfortunate but a reality that there are lots of people who don't have that kind of money to spend, so take out loans to finance their plastic surgery. If you find yourself in a similar position, consider the following before making your decision and see whether having a loan to finance your plastic surgery is really the best option for you.

Do You Actually Need a Loan? What are Other Options?

Before signing up for a loan, take a look at the health insurance policy you have, as some have been known to provide cover for specific procedures. For instance, your policy for health insurance may pay a substantial percentage of your bill for plastic surgery if you're having reconstructive treatment for a developmental defect or trauma.

In that situation, you will only need to invest in a small loan to pay for what your insurance doesn't. Conversely though, you may have to take out a bigger loan if you're planning on having surgery for solely cosmetic benefits.

Don’t put yourself in the hole

Generally speaking though, it is best if you avoid taking a loan out for cosmetic surgery. Particularly for treatments such as mommy makeovers, rhinoplasty, facelifts and breast augmentations. If the surgery is indeed elective, it may be better for you to save money in advance and then pay for it when you can actually afford it.

However, if you feel it will help you considerably to live a better life by correcting a trauma or defect, a loan may be an option worth considering due to the value of life it will restore or give you over the cost in interest you will accumulate. Particularly for treatments and procedures such as skin cancer removal, hand surgery, cleft palate or cleft lip surgery and breast reconstruction.

It's also worth considering a loan if the surgery's benefits will save you money in the long run. That being said, you should make sure you have strong evidence to support this fact. Take LASIK eye surgery for example.

Many would argue that this could save money on replacement glasses and contacts in the future. It's always recommended that you calculate the cost and savings for your own specific situation

Different Forms of Finance

Payment Plans with the Provider

There are many plastic surgery providers who offer payment plans for their procedures. Although many manage these payment plans internally, some work in conjunction with reputable financial companies. Some don't even charge any interest, though it depends on the type of payment plan. It's worth noting that payments to this type of plan could be reported to credit bureaus and appear on your credit report.

Save and Pay Cash

The oldest technique in the book, but in many cases, the safest financially. Save a portion of your paycheck each month, fortnight or month until you have saved enough to afford the treatment. This is obviously going to take longer, but it means you have time to think over whether you really want the procedure you are interested in. Some providers have even been known to offer discounts for patients who pay by cash.

General loan

Probably the worst and overall, most expensive option. You could apply for a general loan from either a bank or lender to finance your surgery. In general, the interest rates for this type of loan make it unfavourable and it will almost certainly turn out more expensive than the two options above.

Taking a finance loan is a big decision, whatever the reason, but for cosmetic reasons it could become one of the most dangerous and quickly spiral out of control. Talk to family, friends and professionals about why you want cosmetic surgery to make sure it really is the right thing for you.

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