Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting a procedure performed, but should you spend your tax return on plastic surgery? Tax season is certainly upon us—depending on when you read this, you might be scrambling to get your own taxes filed on time (or thankful you did just that).
Should You Always Spend Your Tax Return on Plastic Surgery?
The vast majority of Americans will end up getting a tax return this year. Essentially, a tax return means that you paid more in taxes than you were required to, and the government therefore owes you a check. It’s a nice way to get a little jolt of money in the middle of the year (depending on how you file your taxes—some people will end up owing money).
In the next few months, all of those late filers will end up getting their tax returns—and those returns can be a substantial sum of money. It’s no wonder, then, that Americans are looking to make big purchases, including spending their tax returns on plastic surgery.
Is Plastic Surgery a Popular Option?
There are plenty of big ticket items Americans can spend their tax returns on, so you might wonder how popular the plastic surgery option might be. According to a study run by RealSelf.com, up to 36% of Americans plan to spend their tax returns on plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures.
There are some caveats, however. It’s important to remember that RealSelf.com is a plastic surgery social media website. Naturally, that website’s audience is going to show a little deference towards plastic surgery. Even if the survey were to somehow control for that, it’s unlikely that the numbers gathered would survive deep scientific scrutiny.
But the RealSelf.com survey does give us a few insights into what possible plastic surgery patients are thinking. Many patients (and candidates) are indeed thinking about spending their tax returns on a cosmetic procedure.
The Most Popular Procedure Options for Tax Returns
According to the data collected by RealSelf.com, there are two big procedures that rise to the top. Those two popular procedures are:
- Brazilian Butt Lift: It’s understandable why many people might want to spend their tax returns on Brazilian Butt Lifts. This procedure uses the body’s own fat to increase the size (and roundness) of the rear end. The result is a butt that looks fuller, more athletic, and more attractive.
- Breast Augmentation: Again, this procedure tends to be seen as more “aesthetic” than many other plastic surgery procedures, so all expenses are usually paid by the patient (rather than by insurance). A tax return might go a long way towards making that payment!
Both breast augmentation and Brazilian Butt Lift procedures are quite popular on their own anyway. That they would be popular options for patients who happen to be getting a tax return is not necessarily surprising. (Remember, breast augmentation was the single most popular surgical procedure in the year 2016.)
Will My Tax Return Cover my Entire Plastic Surgery Procedure?
In all likelihood, a tax return will not cover your entire plastic surgery procedure—though the answer to this relies on both the size of your tax return and the procedure of interest. A breast augmentation, for example, can cost anywhere between $3000 and $10,000 (depending on a wide range of variables). It’s unlikely that most tax returns will generate that much revenue.
However, there are some cosmetic procedures that might be covered by the average tax return. Those procedures tend to fall into the non surgical category—sometimes known colloquially as cosmetic procedure or cosmetic surgery. Some of those procedures include:
- Botox: According to the website of Carillon Minneapolis, a Twin Cities based Botox provider, the average cost for Botox is determined by the total volume administered. So if you’re looking to get rid of a few lines or wrinkles, using your tax return for a Botox treatment is a definite possibility.
- Kybella: Likewise, the new injectable called “Kybella” may be affordable enough to spend your tax return on. Kybella is designed to mitigate fat around the jawline, to get rid of the so-called double chin. If you get rid of your double chin this way, you may not need liposuction (which is much more expensive, depending on the application).
Finding the Best Option
Ultimately, you’ll want to find the best way to spend your tax return, and plastic surgery may be an option for you. Surgeons often offer financing for those who wish to pay over time—and a tax return can be an excellent down-payment.
It’s worth remembering that Americans spent over $16 billion on plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures last year. So maybe it wouldn’t be all that surprising if that 36% figure from RealSelf.com is close to the mark. A lot of Americans are spending their tax returns on plastic surgery. Should you spend your tax return on plastic surgery? Sure! But only if you actually want plastic surgery.