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It has ALWAYS been our goal here at the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to provide our patients with the best possible care and to do so as affordably as possible. In these very challenging economic times over the last 10 years, plagued with high underemployment and real unemployment, costs in general are infinitely more important in determining whether one can buy or pursue something that may not be absolutely necessary to survive.

We know that few of you are multi-millionaires where (within reason) price is no object. Instead, most of you work or have worked hard for your money where almost every penny (or dollar) counts. A difference in price of several hundred dollars or more can either affect your ability to either pursue plastic surgery or force you to make a decision that does not involve your top choice.

The cost for cosmetic plastic surgery procedures consists of three components: the surgical fee, anesthesiologist’s fee and the outpatient center charges. The major variable in cost here is the outpatient center.

For more than 25 years I have used Piper Surgery Center, associated with now what is known as HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, to perform cosmetic plastic surgery on my patients. The care there has always been top notch with extremely dedicated, caring and experienced nurses and the prices for plastic surgery competitive. Unfortunately, for reasons that need not be delved into here, the corporate muckamucks of HonorHealth unilaterally and ill-advisedly decided to massively increase rates for cosmetic plastic surgery procedures despite well informed warnings, information and suggestions from the plastic surgeon community. Price increases of between 50% and 100% were the rule (double the price) with some increases being even higher. This was already on top of fairly recent and significant price increases.

The result of this is that, with rare exception, cosmetic surgery prices at Piper Surgery Center (and other HonorHealth facilities as well) exceed those at other quality, well run certified surgery centers. Depending on the procedure, this difference can be in excess of $3000 – not chump change for most of us.

North Valley Surgery Center is one such excellent center. Consequently, we will now be offering and performing plastic surgery procedures on our patients at this facility.

North Valley Surgery Center

North Valley Surgery Center is a fully certified freestanding outpatient surgery center that has been in operation since 2004. It is both physician and hospital owned, therefore being more attuned and responsive to patient and physician issues. The center is conveniently situated in North Scottsdale just east of the Loop 101 at the Raintree exit. The address is 8901 East Raintree Drive, Suite 100 (map).

If you have questions about the above or regarding any plastic surgery procedures that I perform or to schedule your consultation, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone or email.