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Plastic Surgery: Where’s The Roi?

Return on Investment (ROI) is an economic term not usually associated with plastic surgery.  When making evaluations post plastic surgery, most ROI is purely subjective and qualitative, where the patient reports feeling better about him/herself following a procedure like liposuction or a facelift.  Additionally, plastic surgery is elective, which makes the patients a self-selecting group.  Women usually report that they have plastic surgery to look better and feel happy – not to see a monetary ROI.  But, aesthetic plastic surgery, beauty and economics can and do co-exist.  An economist at The University of Texas at Austin (Daniel Hamermesh, Ph.D.) has studied economics and beauty for more than 20 years, and has published several papers and journal articles about his findings.  His research to date suggests there is a correlation between economic rewards and “better-looking” people.   Some of the study constructs and definitions may be a little soft, but the general idea is people who are aesthetically pleasing (i.e., non-obese, well dressed, youthful looking) seem to do better in terms of salary and job opportunities.  The recent influx of men into the plastic surgery arena for facelifts, brow-lifts and also for non-invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox could be linked to the scarcity of jobs and increase competition – especially younger competition.  The economics professor’s study found that for every dollar spent on one’s appearance, the expected ROI was about 15%.  It will be interesting to see what future empirical studies are done on aesthetic procedures, plastic surgery and economics, but for now most patients seem quite satisfied when looking at the before & after photos of themselves.  When plastic surgeons create better versions of their patients, it gives patients the opportunity to go forth with confidence.  For more information on plastic surgery in Houston (male or female), contact Dr. Michael Eisemann at the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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