You know the situation when two people meet and one says “I teach seventh grade” and the other goes “How nice! I am a plastic surgeon” and the first one thinks “Wow!” Well, plastic surgeons make a lot of money, relatively a lot, at least. In our society their trade is highly demanded and requires lots of expertise and skill and people are willing to pay almost any money for their services. Even though in recent years plastic operations became more affordable due to their spread and mastering of new techniques, any procedure will still leave a noticeable mark on a budget of an average household. How big a mark exactly? Well, let’s review some averages on some of the most demanded operations.
One of the most popular procedures among women is breast augmentation. A very rounded price to get your breasts enlarged is from $5000 to $15000. Implants themselves cost about twelve hundred dollars. That’s not that bad, however there are more fees one would have to cover. Anesthesia, which is of course required, costs about another thousand. If you are an easy “sleeper” – that is if the anesthesiologist wouldn’t have to do anything special to get you out, you might have to pay less than that. Then you’d have to cover the facilities fees, depending on the premises it can be anywhere from one to two grands. Then, there is the surgeon’s fee, which is always the biggest portion of the price tag. American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the national average is $3,500, but every surgeon can charge whatever he or she feels appropriate.
Butt augmentation is another frequently requested operation. The price for this operation ranges between $8000 and $140000. Again, your location, surgeon’s experience, facilities quality, and the complexity of your case will all affect the costs. Of course, some of the famous clinics in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York will charge way above the national average, but some patients say it is really worth it.
Various types of liposuctions are big nowadays. Sadly, this is due to harmful effects of the modern lifestyle. Nowadays, there are two general methods of performing it. The first one is the well-known classic method – with holes in the skin, tubes and suction. The second method is way less invasive, however reportedly noticeably less effective. Instead of using the mechanical fat removal, different energies and substances are applied to epidermic fat layer to break down the lipid cells and their storage formation. Then, this liquefied fat gets drained from the body. If we are talking about the classic liposuctions then the prices, excluding anesthesia, are as follows. Abdomen liposuction costs between $3,000 and $7,500, buttocks lipo is from $1,500 to $ 4,500, thighs and knees about $4000, facial and neck area is between $2,000 and $4,500. Don’t forget to include the non-surgical charges and the above-mentioned anesthesia.
Now laser-assisted, radio-frequency-assisted and even water-assisted liposuctions (these are the modern non-invasive lipo methods we mentioned) will cost a little less. From the one hand, there are lower surgical and facility fees, however the fees for the technology used balance out the price tag. At least, depending on your situation you can choose the method that is right for you.
Mommy makeover procedures are perfect for new moms who are struggling with getting their bodies in shape. Frankly speaking, unless you are naturally skinny and firm and recover super fast, you’ll need that help – who has the time to exercise and watch what you eat when you are occupied 24/7 with the newest addition to your family. Mommy makeover is a combination of procedures and treatments that might include any of the following – breast lift and/or augmentation, thigh and butt lifts, liposuction, tummy tuck, and scar or stretch mark treatments. Some of the less complex cases can cost somewhere around ten grands, which is quite affordable, however if there are a lot of problems with the post-partum body then the price can be as high as fifty grands.
Hair transplants are some of the most expensive surgeries to date. Even though there are all kinds of procedures developed, this is still the best way to restore the hair growth. A surgeon either transplants the whole chunk of skin with a certain volume of hair on it or implants one hair at a time. The latter usually produces more natural-looking and long-lasting results. One graft costs about five to eight dollars and the average graft number transplanted is about two thousands of them. Did you do the math? Right – not that cheap, isn’t it! In the long run, however, it is cheaper then any other hair restoration method, among the really working ones, at least.
Plastic surgeons also do all kinds of less complicated, yet no less important operations. When you need a tattoo removed you’ll need to see a plastic surgeon. When you need some scars removed you’ll need to see a surgeon. Same goes for the mole removals. Generally such procedures can cost as low as $200. Some surgeries can be higher – about twice as much, and that’s when a mole needs to be cut out and then closed up. Usually, such operations are performed under a local anesthesia and virtually no recovery time required.
Finally, here’s a word of advice. You have probably heard of surgery tourism – that’s when people fly half way across the world to get some surgery done at a low rate. This would not be a smart move. For the most part folks do that when it concerns expensive operations – and an expensive operation means an invasive, full anesthesia operation. If something goes wrong, and chances are it might given the outsourced treatment, you are going to be stuck in a foreign country pretty much helpless. There is a gamble with such option – it might go just fine and you’ll end up saving a bunch of money, or it might be a total disaster when you spend a lot of money for a bad operation that you’d have to pay to fix. And that’s not the worst case scenario, but let us not talk about the worst. The point is do not risk when it comes to your health and beauty.