Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery Guide

Costs Of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Cost

Most cosmetic surgery procedures are elective, which means they are not medically necessary and, therefore, not covered by health insurance. Because of that, the cost for cosmetic procedures is a big concern for most people. Budget-minded cosmetic surgery patients should never sacrifice quality for cost. Your health and well-being are priceless, so choose licensed, experienced and quality medical practitioners. Use our surgeon locator to get started in your search. The physicians on our site are licensed medical doctors who are trained in their areas of specialty and maintain the highest continuing education requirements.

Paying For Your Cosmetic Surgery

Many cosmetic surgeons offer affordable financing options for cosmetic surgery patients. At your initial consultation, ask the cosmetic surgeon and his or her staff for information on financing your procedure. You might also search the Internet for "cosmetic surgery financing." Don't hesitate to shop for the best financing terms that meet your budget.

Factors That Affect Cosmetic Surgery Costs

Cosmetic Surgery Cost - Factors That Affect It

Cosmetic surgery costs depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Geographic location
  • Anesthesia
  • Type of procedure performed
  • Number of procedures performed at one time
  • Time the procedure or procedures take to perform
  • Surgeon's experience or popularity
  • Facility fees
  • Pre-operative fees, if any
  • Post-operative supplies, such as bandages, medications and compression garments

Costs Estimates For Cosmetic Surgery

The following list includes the general price range for cosmetic surgery procedures. The best way to find out how much a procedure will cost is to make an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon, discuss your goals and options and ask for an estimate. Figures are taken from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Liposuction: Fat removal by liposuction costs depend on the factors mentioned above, as well as how many fat cells are to be removed, the technique used, the area of the body and the amount of time the surgeon will spend sculpting the patient's new form. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss affordable liposuction options with you at your initial consultation.

$2,800 to $3,000

Breast augmentation: The fees for breast augmentation depend on the size of the implant, the type of implant, the technique for inserting the implant and whether other procedures, such as liposuction or breast lift, are to be performed at the same time. Be sure to discuss affordable breast augmentation options with your surgeon. If the woman is having breast augmentation after breast cancer, she might discuss with her insurance company whether it will pay for a portion of her reconstructive surgery and implants.

$3,500 to $3,800

Breast reduction: Discuss affordable breast reduction options with your cosmetic surgeon. The fee that he or she charges will depend on how much tissue is removed and the amount of time the surgeon spends reducing and reshaping the breast.


Breast lift: The fee depends on whether breast lift is done alone or with augmentation or reduction. At your initial consultation, ask your surgeon about affordable breast lift options.


Face surgery: The price for facial cosmetic surgery depends on what you have performed: facelift, implants, injections, skin resurfacing, or liposuction to the chin, jowls or cheeks. Whether you have one or several procedures will greatly affect your costs, and if your surgeon performs several procedures in one operation, he or she will likely charge "bulk" fees.

Cheek implants$2,700
Chin augmentation$2,300
Forehead lift$3,300
Hair transplants$5,200
Lip augmentation (non-inject)$2,000
Ear surgery $3,100

Eye surgery: Blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eye surgery, depends on whether the upper lids, lower lids or both lids are involved. Your physician can discuss affordable cosmetic eye surgery options with you.


Rhinoplasty: Nose surgery costs depend on the technique used (open or closed) and the extent of the nasal reconstruction surgery. If costs are a concern, discuss affordable rhinoplasty options with your consulting cosmetic surgeon.


Tummy tuck: Abdominoplasty can be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction. Many options for tummy tuck exist, and your surgeon can describe affordable tummy tuck options with you before your surgery. Performed alone, tummy-tuck averages:


Mommy makeovers: This procedure will depend greatly on the number of procedures that are performed at one time. Having multiple procedures performed in one operative setting will save you on fees for anesthesiology and site rental. You should discuss with your mommy makeover surgeon how much your procedure will cost, as every mommy makeover is as unique as every woman! Don't hesitate to ask about affordable mommy makeover options.

Cellulite reduction: Cellulite reduction procedures vary from noninvasive topical creams to SmartLipo® liposculpture surgical techniques. Costs vary, based on the area of the body to be treated, the method used and how many treatments are needed to obtain optimal results. A single low-energy laser-assisted massage method costs around $100 to $200 per treatment, and can take six to 12 treatments for optimal results, with touch-up treatments recommended every six to 12 months. Thermal radiofrequency wave treatments that "zap" the skin can cost upwards of $2,000, but typically only one treatment is required. Surgical techniques to reduce cellulite are typically used in conjunction with liposuction fat-reduction surgical techniques and can cost $3,000 to $9,000. Discuss affordable cellulite reduction procedures with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.

Dermal/Facial Fillers: These procedures range from $400 to $1,800 per visit. Some injectables must be repeated every six months to a year in order to maintain their effectiveness. Discuss affordable facial filler options with your cosmetic physician, including repeat visits.

A Word About Cosmetic Surgery Tourism Advertisements targeted especially to women who want new looks for lower prices in exotic locations have become more common. The idea of recuperating in a beautiful foreign city while saving thousands of dollars is certainly an attractive option. If you are considering cosmetic surgery tourism, we encourage you to also schedule a consultation with a local cosmetic surgeon. Most cosmetic surgeons do not charge for consultation fees, and they will discuss with you frankly what you should expect, based on your complaints. Ask the consulting surgeon how long he or she would recommend you wait to fly after having your cosmetic procedure. As you estimate the costs for your destination cosmetic surgery, include costs for hotel, transportation and food. Keep in mind that even if your foreign cosmetic surgeon was educated in the United States, he or she might not be held to the same strict licensing and continuing education requirements that physicians in the U.S. are held to.

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