Summary: The cost of plastic surgery procedures is easy enough to look up. That makes them somewhat different from other medical procedures. Cost, after all, can be a factor when deciding what procedures you want and what procedures you might consider holding off on. But that brings up the question: how much should you spend on plastic surgery? It can be difficult to figure out an exact number without knowing, specifically, what you’re trying to address and what you’re trying to accomplish.
Deciding How Much to Spend
Unlike many other medical procedures, most health insurance options will not cover elective plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure. This means that, unfairly or not, most of the costs for these procedures come right out of the patient’s pockets. Plastic surgeons, therefore, are usually pretty transparent when it comes to discussing the prices of their procedures. This is actually a stark contrast to most medical procedures (many doctors have no clue how much an MRI costs, for example). This begs the question, how much should you spend on plastic surgery?
The easy answer to that question is pretty simple: enough to make you happy. But that can get complicated. For example, “Vanderpump Rules” star Stassi Schroeder has been in the news lately because it’s come to someone’s attention that she Schroeder has spent over $20,000 on plastic surgery. That sounds like a lot, for sure. But when you stop and consider how much the average procedure costs, $20,000 doesn’t add up to very much. Let’s put it this way: $20,000 is a lot of money, but it certainly adds up quickly in the field of plastic surgery. So “enough to make you happy” may have some boundaries you have to consider.
How Much is Each Procedure?
How many procedures you, for example, could get out of $20,000 is going to be tough to calculate, and the answer will depend largely upon your desired final results. For example, the average cost of a procedure such as breast augmentation is around $3700.00—but that doesn’t include hospital expenses, anesthesia, and so on. Whereas the average cost of a Botox injection usually lands somewhere between $300-$1000.00. As you can see, this is quite a wide gap, and $20,000 in Botox is totally different than $20,000 in surgical procedures.
Most plastic surgeons will deploy some kind of financing options for patients. This means that most procedures—at least over the long term—can be affordable on their own. But to answer that question, to know how much you should spend on any given plastic surgery procedure, you need to know what you can spend in general. Once you know what your budget is, you can better plan your best course of action. Of course, there are many things that can influence the cost of a given procedure, such as:
- Cost of a hospital stay
- Cost of anesthesia
- Geography: a breast augmentation in New Jersey might cost significantly more or less than a breast augmentation in Hollywood
- The experience of the surgeon
- Whether the procedure is combined with other procedures
- The overall recovery time
The list, of course, goes on.
Have a Good Idea of What You Want
Most plastic surgery patients—especially those who are not celebrities of any kind—only ever get one plastic surgery procedure. The best strategy is to know what you want changed and look for the best way to change it. If you want larger breasts, there are several different techniques—each with different associated costs—that you can choose from. If you want a smoother belly area, you can look into a tummy tuck. If you want a larger rear end, there are plenty of buttock augmentation techniques on the market today.
The point is that, when you have a specific end goal in mind, it’s much easier to determine how far you could go. What I think tends to happen in cases of repeat plastic surgery is that the results are so good patients want to enhance other areas. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, though sometimes it does get out of hand. So when you’re considering how far too go, take the following advice into account:
- Have a clear concept of the area you want to address
- Consider whether you want to address that area surgically or non-surgically
- Consider combining procedures if you want to address more than one area; sometimes this can help you save money
- Talk to your surgeon about cost and about financing options
- Talk to your insurance company about what is covered and what is not (especially in cases of complications)
You Get What You Pay For
In many cases, you get what you pay for in the world of plastic surgery. Some surgeons will be more expensive—but those are often the surgeons with additional certifications, experience, and expertise. So how much should you spend on your plastic surgery procedure? It depends what you want to get out of it. Cutting corners today could mean increased costs tomorrow in revision procedures. Whatever the case, most patients agree that the end results are worth the cost.