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12.01.09

Costs of Plastic Surgery

The cost of plastic surgery is most likely one of the most important variables you consider when it comes to having a procedure. The truth is, costs vary depending on the plastic surgeon you choose, where you have surgery, the type or technique of procedure you choose and more.

Plastic surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have earned an excellent reputation typically charge more for the surgeries they perform. However, in the recent economic climate, some surgeons have been lowering the costs of surgery to remain competitive. While cost is a major consideration, your primary decision should be based on the background and credentials of your surgeon.

The area in which your surgeon practices will also impact the price of your procedure. The same procedure performed by the same surgeon could be priced differently in Beverly Hills, for example, as compared to a city in New Mexico.

There are also fees for services that are unrelated to the procedure. Anesthesia alone involves additional fees, along with the surgeon’s fees, lab work, medical tests, operating room fee, implant fee (if used), your hospital stay and postoperative care.

The 2008 National Average for Physician/Surgeon fees per procedure, by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery are:

Procedure..................................................National Average Fees
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).............................................. $5,470
Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery).......................... $2,921
Breast augmentation - silicone gel implants.....................$3,885
Breast augmentation - saline implants...............................$3,603
Breast lift...........................................................................$4,380
Breast reduction (women)..................................................... $5,630
Facelift..............................................................................$6,728
Lipoplasty - Suction-assisted................................................$2,874
Lipoplasty - Ultrasound assisted..........................................$2,933
Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)...............................................$4,369

The total costs of surgery can be overwhelming and financial stress can get in the way of your final decision. That’s why it’s good to keep the medical financing option open.

Medical financing companies such as myMedicalLoan.com offer a variety of options that help patients afford these elective procedures. myMedicalLoan.com is a patient resource that offers low monthly payments, flexible payment options and help finding a qualified specialist. myMedicalLoan.com even has financing programs for those with less than perfect credit, as well as a fast and easy application process.

It’s always best to do your research and take a moment to think about your financial situation. Remember that getting a cosmetic surgery loan is very similar to getting a car loan – there will be monthly payments and term agreements. Candidly speak to your Board-Certified Surgeon during your initial consultation and discuss the costs of your procedure(s), to make sure there are no surprises along the way.


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