Paying the Price for Beauty
Plastic surgery is a pricey endeavor and it's prudent to weigh the decision for or against cosmetic surgery side by side with your ability to pay for quality work. It's helpful to know the average cost of a given procedure. At http://www.wdxcyber.com we've compiled a list of average prices for various cosmetic surgical procedures based on a survey of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Please consider the fact that other costs may or may not be included. Make sure to ask your doctor if the fees include all of the following: surgeon's fee, anesthesia fee, operating room fee, and implant fees. It is the usual practice for the physician to quote only the surgeon's fee, and this fee represents only 60-80% of the total cost. If you don't ask about the other fees, be prepared to receive a big dose of sticker shock.
While the prices of the various cosmetic procedures remain about the same from state to state, be prepared to pay about 50% more in the New York area. Don't try to save money by having surgery in a less than perfect setting. Make sure you have your procedure done in an accredited facility.
It's not usual for plastic surgery costs to be covered by regular health insurance, but cosmetic surgeons tend to accommodate patients, working with them to determine the best way to cover the costs of surgery. Your doctor may know about ways to finance loans for such surgery or he may offer to allow you to pay on an installment plan.
In terms of health insurance coverage, your surgery may be covered if your HMO is convinced that your surgery is reconstructive rather than cosmetic.
Arm Lift or Brachioplasty-$5000-6500
Blue Peel (chemical peel)-$500-700
Botox Injections-$200-400 per area
Breast Augmentation (saline)-$5000-6500
Breast Augmentation (silicone gel)-$6000-8000
Chin or Cheek Implants-$3000-4500
Deep Chemical Peel-$3500-5000
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)-$4000-5000
Eyelid Tuck both upper & lower (Blepharoplasty)-$4000-5500
Forehead Lift or Brow Lift-$3500-5000
Gynecomastia Treatment (male breast reduction)-$4000-7000
Hair Removal (Laser)-$300-800
Laser (with Erbium)-$2500-4000
Laser (with CO2)-$4000-5000
Liposuction (1 area)-$2500-4500
Liposuction (3 areas)-$5500-7000
Liposuction (5 areas)-$8000-10,000
Lower Body Lift-$8000-9000
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)-$5000-6000
Permanent Lip Liner-$300-1000
Spider Vein Rx (Laser)-$400-1000
Spider Vein Rx (Sclero)-$200-500
Tattoo Removal (Laser)-$300-800
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)-$6000-8000
Upper Arm Lift-$4000-5000