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“It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.”

~ Jules Renard

There is no shame in aging, in fact, it’s a privilege to get there, and how you choose to do it is your business. Whether you take it as it comes, or get a little help, may depend on your disposable income. Plastic surgery costs can be really high.

Of course, it’s not always about aging. Perhaps you have other blemishes you have lived with for years that has always bothered you or excess skin after weight loss. Maybe it’s a scar you have been self-conscience of, maybe you feel you need to look younger for job promotions.

The reasons to consider plastic surgery are vast, and getting some procedures done can make you look and feel like a brand new person. Some of the drawbacks can be the costs, so let’s look at some of the procedures and plastic surgery costs.

First, let’s look at why the costs are so high.

Plastic Surgery Costs. What are you Paying for?

Plastic surgery costs come from a variety of areas and can fluctuate depending on your location, demand, and availability.

  • The surgeon’s fee: You are paying for his expertise.
  • Material Costs: For example, breast implants, chin implants, etc.
  • Operating room costs: This covers things such as the equipment, nurses and other staff, and the cost to operate the equipment, rent of the room and the other overhead costs of the hospital or clinic.
  • Anesthesia-related costs: Includes the anesthetic itself, and the doctor to provide it.
  • Follow up appointments and aftercare: This includes anything needed for recovery, like pain medication and bandages or wrappings.


Some of the popular procedure for the breasts include:

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a procedure that reconstructs the breast or breasts after a mastectomy or any type of cancer surgery if the breast is reduced or removed. The surgeon rebuilds the breast using available skin and artificial materials.

The cost is $3000-$4000

Breast Augmentation

This is a procedure where the surgeon increases the size of the breast, using implants of either saline solution, silicone gel or composite fillings.

The cost of this procedure can be from $4000-$6000 range.


There are different procedures and different reasons for someone to get plastic surgery on their nose, and the cost will vary, as well. The two main surgeries for rhinoplasty are open or closed.

Having surgery done on your nose for fractures, polyps or a deviated septum is different than just surgery for cosmetic reasons.

The average cost of rhinoplasty starts at $5000


The facelift is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. The surgeon removes excess skin to tighten up the face and reduce the wrinkles, giving a smoother, more youthful look. This surgery includes the forehead and neck. Ths procedure is popular with both men and women.

The cost of a facelift will start around $6000

If you are more interested in having a procedure done to reduce or eliminate scarring from acne or other blemishes and damages, there are procedures for that. There are also chemical peels available for non-invasive facelifts.

These types of procedures can start around $500 and go up to around $3000

Eyebrow Lift

If a full facelift is not for you or out of your price range, you can have the brow or forehead lift. A heavy, drooping brow or forehead can give the impression of looking tired or cranky, which is rarely the impression we want to give.

This procedure lifts the forehead and brows, removing excess skin and give the appearance of a more smooth, and younger looking face. it can also help to uplift the bottom half of the face, as well.

This procedure can start around $1500 and go as high as $10,000


Liposuction, or lipo, is a very popular treatment for the removal of excess body fat. It’s most often performed on the thighs, buttocks, stomach and even the face. This procedure targets a specific body area where it may be difficult for a patient to lose weight and shed fat.

Costs for liposuction can start around $2000 and go up to $4000

Tummy Tuck

Professionally known as an abdominoplasty, this is a surgery that removes excess fat and skin and restores weak or separated muscles to tighten and give shape to the abdomen.

These surgeries average around $6000

It’s not uncommon for these tummy tucks to be performed at the same time with liposuction, for the full repair package. If there is excess skin after liposuction, then the tummy tuck can help clear away the excess and tighten the abdomen.

The plastic surgery cost for both procedures may be less than having them separately but if you have the surgeries at the same time, you will not be able to have as intensive liposuction as you may want.

Cost for both will still likely start at about $6000 and can go up to $10,000


Botox is the most popular cosmetic surgery around and one of the least invasive. It is widely used to treat muscular conditions and also to smooth out skin to create a more youthful look.

It is used for medical purposes, as well as cosmetic and is injected into the desired area for a temporary fix for aging skin.

The price per injection is about $10 to $15 per session

Need vs. Want

Needing a procedure done for medical reasons falls into a different category than simply wanting cosmetic surgery for aesthetic purposes. For this reason, the plastic surgery costs can vary.

Always ask your medical professional about what options are available and get recommendations for the best plastic surgeon in your area. You can easily find information online and by asking other patients.

Needing surgery to help you breathe or sleep or see can fall under your insurance coverage and therefore not cost as much out of pocket. If you are considering having any type of surgery, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get as much information as possible.

Many minor surgeries are less invasive these days, with lasers and other methods to safely and painlessly perform minor procedures to make you look and feel better.

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