Why Facial Plastic Surgery?
Your face is your identity, and you want it to reflect your personality. It’s difficult to be confident when your face just doesn’t reflect who you are. Unfortunately, for many men and women, this is their daily situation. There may be damage to the skin from aging, sun damage, toxins, or other factors. Many turn to expensive skin creams or makeup to repair or hide skin damage, which is expensive and often yields disappointing results. For some of these men and women, cosmetic dermatology may help. For others, facial plastic surgery is the answer.
For others, the facial features may be unbalanced; for instance, a particularly large nose, or a particularly small (“weak”) chin. Some of these men and women attempt to hide the undesired features through makeup, hats, hairstyle, and other methods, but it usually doesn’t really work. Their confidence and self-esteem suffer. They want to show to the world a face that reflects who they are inside. Facial plastic surgery, such as a nose reshaping (“nose job”) or chin augmentation, may help.
If you’re considering a procedure for the body, including the neck, please visit our Cosmetic Surgery section.
Facial Plastic Surgery
You may be considering a facelift, nose job, or other facial plastic surgical procedure. The cost for facial plastic surgery is generally between $1,500 and $3,000, though a few procedures cost significantly more. We’ve compiled an up-to-date list of costs for the most common facial plastic surgery procedures. For detailed information, please click the link at left 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.
Consider Your Smile and Your Eyes!
Facial plastic surgery can help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted for your facial skin and other facial features. However, think about the other parts of your face as well. If you have any problems with your teeth, such as discoloration, chipped or missing teeth, then you’ll want to address those through cosmetic dentistry to optimize your new look. If you wear glasses or contacts, you might want to be rid of them forever with a vision correction procedure, so the world can see your vibrant face!
Will Insurance Cover It?
The costs of facial plastic surgery are almost never covered by medical insurance. The exception is if your face has been damaged through an injury or another medical procedure, and you’re just trying to get it back to how it was before. In that case, facial plastic surgery would be considered “reconstructive” and might be covered under some insurance policies. However, for the majority of people, facial plastic surgery is not covered by their insurance policy. Cosmetic dentistry and vision correction procedures, should you choose to have those, usually aren’t covered either; see those pages for more information.
What Are the Options for Financing?
However, 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, so talk with your bank about the possibilities for financing your facial plastic surgery.