Why we charge a consultation fee
Our consultation fee is $200 (applicable towards your surgical procedure). Here is why we charge a consultation fee and why a “free consultation” is not necessarily in your best interest.
We believe that in consulting with a professional – as with all things in life – “you get what you pay for.”
If you pay Nothing, you Receive nothing in value
Unfortunately, too often, a “free consultation” for cosmetic surgery turns into nothing but a high-pressured sales pitch.
Rather, a professional consultation should be a learning experience, an educational opportunity for you and not a “sales closing.” It should function solely for your benefit and to your advantage.
The following is taken from a booklet by Mark Sugar entitled “A Guide to Choosing a Good Plastic Surgeon” (published 1990):
“Doctors usually charge a consultation fee for your first visit, which may be as much as $150 or more (but is applied against your surgery fees), but the amount of their initial consultation fee should not really play a role in deciding who you consult. After all, you will presumably be spending thousands of dollars on surgery which could cost many more thousands to try to correct elsewhere if done poorly, so an extra two or three hundred dollars in consultation fees should not be a basis for narrowing the field. I thought I was saving money by consulting with six doctors who charged no initial fee, but in hindsight realize that the best doctor was the seventh one who charged a $75 fee (he ended up correcting part of my botched surgery). I feel that doctors who charge no consultation fee use it as a sales tool to attract clients while those that charge a fee may be relying more on their reputations.”
After All, Not Everyone Should Have Cosmetic Surgery
The purpose of the consultation is to determine if it is the right thing for you to do. Through the process of listening to you, understanding your desires and conducting an examination, an appropriate recommendation will be made. That recommendation might even be that nothing be done.
The purpose of the Consultation is for you to Learn
As part of our program to better educate you, included in your consultation will be computer imaging, a personally autographed copy of Dr. Kotler’s book Secrets Of A Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon, Face Facts, and other important written educational materials to take home and study.
We look forward to meeting you.
Please print the PDFs, fill them out and bring them completed to your consultation. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to meeting you.
After you schedule your surgery with Dr. Kotler, you will also need to schedule a physical exam/pre-op clearance appointment with your internal medicine doctor (if you don’t have one, we would be happy to give you a referral). Please print the form below and take it with you to your appointment. Thank you.