How Much Does Plastic Surgery Cost?

The cost of plastic surgery will depend on the types of procedures you need to have done. In general, the procedures are very expensive and will likely not be covered by regular medical insurance in most cases. There are a number of common procedures performed regularly, those include, rhinoplasty (nose job), breast augmentation, liposuction, forehead lift, face lift, cheek implants, thigh lift, breast lift and breast reduction. The prices may vary from plastic surgeon to plastic surgeon, however on average the prices will remain within a certain range. The fees charged will include the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia fee, operating room fee and the cost of implants (if that is being done). When looking for a good plastic surgeon you should focus less on price and more on the quality and track record of the doctor in question. Some people end up trying to skimp on the price of plastic surgery and end up being very disappointed and in some cases severely injured in the process. Like all things comparison shop, or in this case get a second, third, fourth and fifth opinion, or in other words get as many consultations as are necessary or as many as you can afford.

Below is a list of prices that you can expect to pay. This list was formulated by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. These fees will not necessarily be the same for all states and there can be significant differences in the prices listed and the amount charged by individual surgeons.

Cost of Surgical Procedures (US National Average)

  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) $5,350
  • Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) $2,840
  • Breast Augmentation – silicone gel implants $4,087
  • Breast Augmentation – saline implants $3,690
  • Breast Lift $4,341
  • Breast reduction (women) $5,417
  • Buttock augmentation $4,250
  • Buttock lift $4,885
  • Cheek implants $2,840
  • Chin augmentation $2,254
  • Facelift $6,792
  • Forehead lift $3,337
  • Gynecomastia treatment (male breast reduction) $3,445
  • Hair transplantation $5,847
  • Lip augmentation (other than injectable materials) $1,611
  • Lipoplasty (suction-assisted) $2,920
  • Liposuction (ultrasound-assisted) $2,963
  • Lower body lift $8,043
  • Otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery) $3,085
  • Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) $4,357
  • Thigh lift $4,783
  • Upper arm lift $3,864

Cost of Non-Surgical Procedures (US National Average)

  • Botox injection $380
  • Mesotherapy $385
  • Chemical peel $718
  • Dermabrasion (not including microdermabrasion) $1,544
  • Laser hair removal $387
  • Laser skin resurfacing – ablative $2,418
  • Laser skin resurfacing – nonablative $580
  • Laser treatment of leg veins $462
  • Microdermabrasion $130
  • Sclerotherapy $377
  • Autologous fat $1,546
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiance) $856
  • Collagen, Bovine ( includes Zyderm/Zyplast) $397
  • Collagen, Human (including Alloderm/Cymetra, Autologen, CosmoDerm, CosmoPlast, Dermalogen, Facin, Isolagen) $542
  • Hyaluronic acid (including Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane/ Restylane) $576
  • Poly-L-Lactic Acid (Sculptra) $1,027

When going in for your consultation you must find out if the fee charged includes all the other variables listed previously. Some surgeons will charge a similar price to the national average but without actually including the cost of anaesthesia and the operating room fee. Additionally you will likely be charged separately for any medical tests that need to be performed, surgical garments, prescriptions, among other things.

It is also possible to enter a finance agreement with your surgeon; therefore it is important that you discuss that option as well. Though stated before that insurance companies will not usually pay out for this type of cosmetic surgery it is still possible to get some financing if the procedure can be classified as necessary. For example, breast reduction for excessively large breasts that may impede daily actives and overall quality of life. All these things should be discussed with your surgeon prior to actual surgery.

Once you have decided on your surgeon you will need to consider a few things like making arrangements with your employer if employed and taking a few days or weeks of leave depending on the type of surgery you are having done. You will also need to speak to a friend or family member about helping you during your recuperative period. Some surgeries will take a toll on you and will therefore necessitate that you have someone drive you home and take care of you for a couple days or a few weeks.

Finally be sure you are comfortable with your plastic surgeon and be clear about the results you want to achieve. If going in for implants specify the size, if getting a nose job be clear about any areas you would like to be left unchanged. While you may not always get the exact results you intended because of the limitations of the surgery itself you should at least be satisfied with your new look.

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