Cosmetic surgery prices can vary widely from one doctor to another. Several factors help determine the price of a particular cosmetic surgery procedure. The main factors include the surgeonís ability and experience, and the duration and complexity of the operation. Moreover, the cost may vary depending on the setting. A plastic surgeon who has a state of the art clinic with advanced equipment would charge more for a particular operation, in order to cover the expense of his investment. The same procedure, if carried out at the average clinical facility might cost significantly less.
Whatever the cost, it should always be disclosed prior to the surgery. Some medical facilities tout inexpensive bargains, while hiding certain costs in an effort to dupe prospective patients. The patient should always ensure that the cost agreed upon covers the surgery, anesthesia, exams, and minor corrective procedures if later required. The patient should also ensure that the doctor has a made a provision for post-operative care. Cosmetic surgery costs are usually not covered by insurance unless the procedure is regarded as a reconstructive necessity. However, several financing schemes are available that will allow the patient to pay the costs in smaller installments.
In the beginning, plastic surgery was the preserve of an affluent few since the costs were usually overwhelming. However, with advances in technology, cosmetic procedures are performed everywhere. This has significantly reduced the price and made cosmetic surgery accessible to nearly everyone. The price depends on the particular plastic surgery being performed, and may range between $1,500 and $8,000. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeryís most recent estimates show that the average expense incurred for a few of these procedures are as follows:
- Breast Augmentation - $3,360
- Breast Lift - $3,965
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) - $4,827
- Breast Reduction (women) - $5,351
- Facelift - $5,966
- Lower Body Lift - $7,874
- Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) - $3,869