Womens Health

Paying the Price for Beauty

Pricey Endeavor

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.

Sticker Shock

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.

Surgery Costs

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

Breast Lift-$5000-6000

Breast Reduction-$6000-8000

Buttocks Augmentation-$5000-8000

Buttock Lift-$5000-7000

Chin or Cheek Implants-$3000-4500

Collagen Injection-$500-1500

Deep Chemical Peel-$3500-5000


Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)-$4000-5000

Eyelid Tuck both upper & lower (Blepharoplasty)-$4000-5500

Face Lift-$7000-9000

Forehead Lift or Brow Lift-$3500-5000

Gynecomastia Treatment (male breast reduction)-$4000-7000

Hair Transplantation-$6000-8000

Hair Removal (Laser)-$300-800


Laser (with Erbium)-$2500-4000

Laser (with CO2)-$4000-5000

Lip Augmentation-$600-2000

Liposuction (1 area)-$2500-4500

Liposuction (3 areas)-$5500-7000

Liposuction (5 areas)-$8000-10,000

Lower Body Lift-$8000-9000

Medium Peel-$1500-2500


Micro Peel-$60-100

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)-$5000-6000

Pectoral Implants-$6000-7000

Permanent Eyeliner-$300-1000

Permanent Lip Liner-$300-1000

Spider Vein Rx (Laser)-$400-1000

Spider Vein Rx (Sclero)-$200-500

Tattoo Removal (Laser)-$300-800

Thigh Lift-$5000-6000

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)-$6000-8000

Upper Arm Lift-$4000-5000


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