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Plastic Surgery Wisdom: ‘Affording’ Cosmetic Surgery

Monday, November 4th, 2013


Since almost all of cosmetic surgery is an out-of-pocket expense, the consideration of cost is extremely important. Many patients save up for some time for their surgery, borrow the money from family or banks, or most commonly, finance it through a variety of means. For many patients they have just enough or it is just within their budget to afford the surgery. But from a financial aspect, this is a bit of a dangerous approach. It does not account for the possibility of the need for revisional surgery. While no patient ever really thinks that their result will not be perfect or everything they thought it would be, the reality is a significant number of patients (an overall average risk is 10% to 15%, may be higher or lower depending on the procedure) may either need or want some form of a ‘touch-up’. Most of the time this is for aesthetic improvement and not any major problems, but the ‘problem’ is just as real for the patient. While patients usually willingly accept a revisional surgery, the sticking point is always the cost of doing it. Patient usually feel that they should not have to pay anything for a revisional procedure. While this is an understandable feeling, it does not take into account the economics of surgery and many costs that the surgeon can not control. Usually what the costs of a revisional surgery may be are spelled out beforehand but, if not, you need to find out what potential costs may be incurred. Thus number should then be put into the overall cost of the cosmetic surgery and used to determine if you really can afford it.

‘The Affordability of Any Cosmetic Surgery Should Take Into Account The Potential Added Cost Of A Revision’

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Interpreting Average Costs of Plastic Surgery

Monday, January 21st, 2013


The cost of any plastic surgery procedure is of great interest to all prospective patients. As a result, costs are one of the most searched terms online in plastic surgery. Some plastic surgeons list costs of various procedures on their websites while others will only disclose cost after an actual consultation. Some procedures are highly amenable to disclosing costs without an examination because they have few variables in how they are done. (e.g., breast augmentation) Other procedures such as a facelift have great variability, however, and only a range of costs can be provided.

In reading a post from a recent plastic surgery website, they listed average costs for the various regions across the U.S. for common plastic surgery procedures. A review of some of these average costs merits further discussion.

The average cost of Botox for the forehead is $300. Botox is charged by the unit in many practices although some do it by region. When it comes to the forehead, the two common areas that are treated are the glabella (between the eyebrows) and then the rest of the true forehead. In some patients only the glabella is treated while in others it may be the entire forehead. That could be anywhere from 20 to 30 units which could make costs range from around $ 250 to $ 375. Therefore the stated average cost of Botox is around $300 makes sense but could swing $50 to $75 on either side of that number.

The average cost of getting breast implants is $ 6,400. The cost of breast augmentation is influenced by one important element…what type of implants is being used being either silicone gel or saline filled. This number sounds reasonably accurate but would be about $1,000 or more less for saline implants because their acquisition cost for the plastic surgeon is less than silicone implants.

The average cost of a tummy tuck is $ 7,500. Even though tummy tucks take a lot longer to perform than breast implants and are harder to do, their cost is only slightly higher in many cases. This is because about 1/3 of the cost of a breast augmentation is the price of the implant itself. Tummy tucks frequently involve the use of liposuction into and around the waistline and into the flanks and back. This is often very important so one is not left with a flat stomach but residual love handles. This takes extra time and will increase the costs somewhat.

The average cost of a rhinoplasty (nose job)is $ 6,000. Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping comes in a variety of types that encompass numerous and various technical maneuvers. Simplistically one can think of either limited (tip) or full rhinoplasties. Considering these differences the costs may then range from $ 4,500 to $ 7,500. This does not consider the frequent need for septal straightening (septoplasty) which is usually covered by insurance.

The average cost of a facelift is $ 8,500. One problem with looking at the cost of a facelift is that it always consists of a wide variety of procedures that involve differing amounts of operative time to do them. Then there is the frequent misinterpretation of what a facelift is. When facelift pricings are quoted it is usually referring only to a neck-jowl lift which may be just a jowl lift (limited facelift) or a neck-jowl lift. (full facelift) Other accompanying procedures such as eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) and browlifts, which are often done with a facelift, add extra costs.

The average cost of thigh liposuction is $ 4,500. While liposuction can be done in over a dozen different face and body areas, the thighs is one of the more popular areas. When looking at the cost of thigh liposuction the question is whether this is the outer thigh, the inner thigh or both. And often the inner knees are needed as well for a more complete leg result. This could affect the costs anywhere  from $ 3,000 (knees) to $5,500. (inner/outer thigh and knees)

Knowing the general range of costs for elective plastic surgery is important in patients doing their research and determining if even pursuing it is an option. But average costs of any procedure may or may not include the ‘complete’ approach needed for optimal correction of the cosmetic concern.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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