Why Plastic Surgery?
Many men and women are frustrated by the shape of their bodies, whether or not they’re overweight. You may have been spending time, money, and energy on trying to change your body for years: buying new clothes and underwear, going to the gym, trying supplements that never deliver as promised. Still, you don’t feel that your body really represents the image you want to show the world. You may be considering plastic surgery (also known as cosmetic surgery), but wonder whether it’s out of reach financially. (If you’re wondering whether there’s a difference between “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery,” see this page.)
If you’re considering a procedure for your face, please visit our Facial Plastic Surgery section. Non-surgical options for the face and skin are in the Cosmetic Dermatology section. For hair transplantation surgery, please see the Hair Replacement section.
We have lots of educational information about Cosmetic Surgery. Here is a great place to get started. You can also browse or search procedures in our extensive Education Wiki. You can ask a question, or see previous questions and answers, in our Forum.
With a variety of procedures available, the costs for cosmetic surgery can vary widely. The average cost varies from a little under $3,000 to a little over $5,000. We’ve compiled an up-to-date list of costs for the most common plastic surgery procedures. For detailed information, please click the link at right for the specific procedure you’re considering.
Keep in mind that these costs are national averages, provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. Costs may also vary by region and by individual surgeon. Please check with the surgeon(s) you are considering to determine the exact cost of the procedure.
Considering More than One Procedure?
It may not be out of reach! More than one procedure can be done during the same surgery. This means that you’d only have to plan for the time off for surgery once, and would only need to pay the anesthesia fee, operating room fee, and other such costs one time. Additionally, many surgeons will discount their procedure fees if you have more than one procedure at a time, meaning that the cost of your surgery will end up being lower than if you simply added up the fees for each procedure.
Is Weight Loss One of Your Desires?
People who are thin can certainly desire to change the shape of their bodies. However, many men and women would also like to lose some weight to achieve the body of their dreams. If you’re just a little overweight, then liposuction might be the right procedure for you. However, if you’ve got a lot of weight to lose, you may want to consider bariatric surgery. This type of surgery helps people lose large amounts of weight fast. Our bariatric surgery cost page has more information on the financials, and you can also check out the Education Wiki for details on the various bariatric procedures available.
After bariatric surgery, many patients choose plastic surgery as the final step to achieve the slim, firm body they’ve been dreaming of. Commonly performed procedures include a tummy tuck (the most common), breast lift, thigh lift, and upper arm lift. Check the individual procedure cost pages for information about these, keeping in mind that several procedures can be done in one surgery.
Will Insurance Cover It?
The cost of plastic surgery is almost never covered by medical insurance. There is an exception if your cosmetic surgery is reconstructive, meaning that you’ve had an accident or another medical procedure that changed your body, and you’re just trying to get it back to its old shape. For most part, though, you’ll need to pay for your plastic surgery yourself, because your medical insurance doesn’t consider your self-esteem and confidence a “medical need.”
What Are the Financing Options?
To many people, paying thousands of dollars up front seems impossible. But don’t give up! If you don’t already have the money saved, you have many options available for financing. Many physicians offer financing plans for their patients. You can also get a medical credit card or other credit card, often with an attractive introductory interest rate; a medical loan, personal loan, or home equity loan from your bank; a loan from your 401(k); or loans or gifts from family and friends. Even if your credit isn’t great, you’d be surprised how many options you have. Check out our Plastic Surgery Financing page for more detail.
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