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Cosmetic Surgery

Everything you need to know about cosmetic surgery

Even though people realize that they will age, many people do not want to look like they are getting older. Because of this, cosmetic surgery procedures have become quite popular. In 2010, over 13 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the United States. This is an increase of 5% over 2009. This includes plastic surgeries, as well as minimally invasive procedures. Minimally invasive procedures include chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion.

The greatest increase in cosmetic surgery has been in the number of facelifts. This seems to be the result of people not being completely happy with having to repeat minimally invasive procedures on a regular basis. They are looking for longer term results.

The term plastic surgery is often used interchangeably with cosmetic surgery, although it is more accurately used to describe people who have tumors removed, or have procedures to reconstruct their faces and bodies after they have been disfigured by an accident or due to some pre-existing deformity. Plastic surgery is inteded to restore proper function and structure to the body and remove abnormalities.

The Cost of Cosmetic Surgery

One of the biggest impediments to people getting a procedure done is the cosmetic surgery cost. The cost is generally made up of the fee for the surgeon, the anesthesia fee, the operating room fee, and the cost of any implant that may be used. The surgeon's fee will be the most variable. It will make up about 60 -- 80% of the total cost. Make sure that you ask for all of the costs when you are talking to the surgeon's office, so you don't receive any surprises when you get the final bill. Most costs are the same across the country, except in New York City the prices are quite a bit higher than average. On average, a facelift costs in the range of $7,000 to $9,000, breast augmentation costs between $5,000 and $8,000, depending on whether you get a saline or silicone implant. A tummy tuck costs between $6,000 and $8,000. On the lower end of the scale, a micro peel is $60 - $100, and botox costs $200 - $400 per area. It is important to look at the costs and make sure that the procedures are being performed in an accredited hospital or surgical office. Paying discount prices can often mean you are not getting the care that you need.

There are several companies that offer cosmetic surgery financing. Many of them do not charge interest, as long as the complete amount is paid back on a predetermined plan that can last up to 48 months. Also, many cosmetic surgery centers offer their own payment plans. Most of them also take credit cards.

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