Plastic surgery without the big medical bill

July 22, 2013

Plastic surgery without the big medical bill
Plastic surgery without the big medical bill

Every year, millions of people undergo plastic surgery to improve their looks and self-esteem. But many individuals are turned off by the idea of going under the knife because of the high price tag that some procedures carry. For example, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimates that abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck, averages about $5,278. Breast augmentations are slightly more affordable at an average cost of $3,878.

While these expensive procedures are certainly worth saving up for, some people may be looking for alternatives that won't make such an impact on finances. CNNMoney recently looked at a few cosmetic surgery options that may be more attainable for those who are on a budget.

For the face
Facelift procedures aren't the only way you can reduce the signs of aging on the face. According to the news source, injections of Botulinium toxin type-A, or Botox, are quite effective. Though effects only last for a few months, injections only cost an average of $328, reports ASAPS. Some physicians also offer discounts for packages or for scheduling your next injection in advance.

Also lower in cost, dermal fillers not only fill in lines and folds, but also can help contour your face by rounding out cheeks, filling in under-eye circles and plumping up thin lips. Much less expensive than facial implants and surgery, these injections can help make subtle improvements that last six months to over a year.

For the hair
If you have hair on your body or face, you can spend thousands of dollars on wax treatments and other techniques over time. For those seeking a more permanent solution, laser hair removal may be just what the doctor ordered. At an average cost of $327 a treatment, according to ASAPS, patients can walk away from this minimally invasive procedure feeling like they got a lot of bang for their buck.

Other considerations
Many makeovers begin with good, healthy teeth. Whether you use an over-the-counter kit from the drug store that is less than $40 or something stronger from your dentist, clean white teeth can improve your smile and revitalize your face.

This article touches on a few nonsurgical treatments that can help you look better with little to no downtime and much less money. Work with a board-certified plastic surgeon to get the most from your budget – sometimes a quick fix might not get the results you are looking for and potentially cost more in the long run.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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