PLASTIC SURGERY: BRIEF DEFINITIONS OF PROCEDURES AND COSTS*

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PROCEDURES & BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF PLASTIC SURGERY

Breast Augmentation

What is breast augmentation? Breast enlargement, sometimes referred to as a "breast aug" or "boob job" by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.  Breast augmentation cost: The average cost of breast augmentation plastic surgery is $3,719, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The average cost for removal of breast implants was $2,506 in 2016. If you are a breast augmentation candidate, please remember that costs can vary. The average fees referenced above do not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.  A surgeon's fee for breast augmentation surgery may vary based on his or her experience, the type and cost of breast implants used, as well as geographic office location.  

Breast augmentation costs may include:  

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Post-surgery garments

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee


Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

What is fat transfer breast augmentation? Fat transfer breast augmentation essentially uses liposuction to take fat from other parts of your body and inject it into your breasts. This is a breast augmentation option for women who are looking for a relatively small increase in breast size and would prefer natural results.  

Breast Lift

What is Breast Lift surgery?  A Breast Lift, also known as mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implants 2-to-1.  A Breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted. A woman's breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:  Pregnancy  Breastfeeding  Weight fluctuations  Aging  Gravity  Heredity Breast Lift cost: The average cost of a Breast Lift is $4,636, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Breast lift surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.  A surgeon's fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.  Most health insurance plans will not cover breast lift surgery, its related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your breasts, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.  Breast lift costs may include:  

Anesthesia fees  

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests  

Post-surgery garments  

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee 

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Breast reduction costs: Breast reduction costs can vary widely.The average cost of breast reduction (aesthetic patients only) is $5,631, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  A surgeon's cost for breast reduction surgery may be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic location of the office.  Breast reduction costs may include:  

Anesthesia fees  

Hospital or surgical facility costs 

Medical tests  

Post-surgery garments  

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee 

Liposuction

What is liposuction?  Liposuction, sometimes referred to as "lipo" by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.   Liposuction cost: The average cost of liposuction is $3,200, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Liposuction cost can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.  A surgeon's fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.  Liposuction costs may include:  Anesthesia fees  

Hospital or surgical facility costs  Medical tests  

Post-surgery garments  

Prescriptions for medication 

Surgeon's fee 



Liposuction Laser / Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction

What are laser- and ultrasound-assisted liposuction? Laser- or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, like traditional liposuction, are not a weight control method or a fix for obesity. They are used to help contour your body in those areas that are not responsive to diet and exercise such as saddlebags or a paunchy stomach. Also like traditional liposuction, laser- or ultrasound-assisted liposuction is most often used to reduce fullness in your:  Abdomen Ankles  Arms Buttocks  Cheeks             Chin  Hips Knees  Neck Thighs  Upper arms Waist  Assisted liposuction cost:  The cost for Laser- or ultrasound- assisted liposuction may vary based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires, as well as geographic office location.  In general, the cost for either of these procedures will be higher than traditional liposuction. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.  Laser- or ultrasound-assisted liposuction costs may include:    

Surgical facility costs  

Anesthesia fees  

Prescriptions for medication 

Surgeon's fee

PROCEDURES (CONTINUED)

Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

What is Nonsurgical Fat Reduction?  Nonsurgical and minimally invasive options for fat reduction include technology that uses heat or cooling or an injected medication to reduce fat cells. While none of these treatments are a replacement for liposuction, they provide options for patients unwilling or unable to undergo surgery. Nonsurgical fat reduction options use a variety of modalities, including ultrasound, radio frequency, infrared light, vacuum massage and injectable medication. 

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) What is an arm lift?  An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:  Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward  Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm  Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region  Fluctuations in weight, growing older and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.  Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat. Arm lift cost: The average cost of an arm lift is $4,257, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Arm lift surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.  A surgeon's arm lift price will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.  Arm lift costs may include:  

Anesthesia fees  

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests  

Post-surgery garments  

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee 

Body Lift

What is a body lift?  A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. Excess sagging skin and fat are removed and the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface.  A body lift may include these areas  Abdominal area - locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area  Buttocks  Thigh - the inner, outer or posterior thigh, or the thigh's circumference  Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight and genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity that can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.  Body lift cost: The average cost of lower body lift surgery is $7,954, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  The cost of body lift surgery can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses. A surgeon's cost will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure(s) used and the geographic office location. Most health insurance does not cover body lift surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.  Body lift costs may include: 

Anesthesia fees  

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests  

Post-surgery garments  

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee 

Mommy Makeover

What is a Mommy Makeover?  The goal of a mommy makeover is to restore the shape and appearance of a woman's body after child-bearing. Many women notice changes in their bodies post-pregnancy. There are many areas of the body that can be addressed, most commonly the breasts, abdomen, waist, genitalia, and buttocks. A mommy makeover is typically performed as a single stage procedure. There are many techniques used to perform a mommy makeover, and many factors should be taken into consideration when choosing which techniques are best:  Desired amount of restoration  Placement of the incisions  Type of implant used  Possible procedures in a mommy makeover Breast augmentation Breast lift Buttock augmentation Liposuction Tummy tuck Vaginal rejuvenation Mommy Makeover cost:  A surgeon's cost for Mommy Makeover surgery will vary based on the chosen procedures to be performed as part of the makeover as well as the surgeon's experience and geographic location.  Many Plastic Surgeons offer patient financing plans for Mommy Makeover surgery, so be sure to ask.  Mommy Makeover costs may include:    

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Anesthesia fees  

Prescriptions for medication  

Implants  

Post-surgery garments  

Medical tests and x-rays 

Surgeon's fee

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

What is a Tummy Tuck? Tummy Tuck surgery, also known as Abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:

Aging

Heredity

Pregnancy

Prior surgery

Significant fluctuations in weight

Tummy tuck cost:

The average cost of a Tummy Tuck is $5,798, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Tummy Tuck surgery cost can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

Tummy Tuck costs may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Post-surgery garments

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee

Body Contouring

What is body contouring?

Surgical body contouring following major weight loss removes excess sagging skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a better-proportioned appearance with smoother contours.

Dramatic weight loss has many benefits. But after any substantial amount of weight loss due to weight loss surgery and/or lifestyle changes, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size.

Body contouring procedures may include

Facelift: sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck

Breast lift: sagging, flattened breasts

Tummy tuck: apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen

Lower body lifts: sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, inner and outer thighs

Medial thigh lift: sagging of the inner thigh

Arm lift: sagging of the upper arms

Body contouring cost: The average cost of body contouring surgery can vary widely.

A surgeon's cost for body contouring procedures may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure(s) used, as well as geographic office location.

Body contouring costs may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Post-surgery garments

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee

PROCEDURES (CONTINUED)

Buttock Augmentation ("Brazilian Butt Lift")

What is Buttock Augmentation?

Buttock augmentation, sometimes referred to as a "Brazilian Butt Lift" when fat transfer is involved, uses butt implants, fat grafting or sometimes a combination of both to increase the size of your behind.

What buttock augmentation surgery can do:

Increase fullness, roundness and projection of your butt or buttocks

Improve the balance of your figure

Enhance your self-image and self-confidence

Buttock augmentation surgery is right for someone who does not like the shape of their butt or is looking to balance their body. It is commonly performed in one of two ways, with butt implants or fat transfer. The fat transfer procedure is commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift.

Buttock Augmentation cost:

The average cost of Buttock Augmentation with fat grafting is $4,356, the average cost of Butt Implants is $4,860 and the average cost of a Butt Lift is $4,571 according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Buttock augmentation cost can vary widely. The average fees referenced above do not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's cost for buttock augmentation may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well geographic office location.

Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Buttock augmentation costs may include:

Surgeon's fee

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Anesthesia fees

Prescriptions for medication

Post-surgery garments

Any special pillows that may be required for your recovery

Medical tests

Thigh Lift

What is a thigh lift?

Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.

If fitness and weight control efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you.

Thigh lift cost:

The average cost of thigh lift surgery is $4,863, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Thigh lift surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

Most health insurance does not cover thigh lift surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Thigh lift costs may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Post-surgery garments

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee


Spider Vein Treatment Sclerotherapy

What are spider veins?

In some women, spider veins—those small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles—become noticeable at a young age. For others, the veins may not become obvious until much later.

Causes of spider veins:

A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:

Heredity

Hormonal shifts

Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing

Pregnancy

Weight fluctuation

There are effective, safe and relatively painless methods available for reducing spider veins.

Spider vein treatment cost:

The average cost of spider vein treatment is $326, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Spider vein treatment costs can vary widely, depending on the number of treatments required and the method of treatment chosen. The average fee reference above does not include facilities or other related expenses.

Spider vein treatment costs may include:

Post-treatment garments

Surgeon's fee



PLASTIC SURGERY OF THE HEAD & NECK

Brow Lift

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift:

Reduces the wrinkle lines that develop horizontally across the forehead, as well as those that occur on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes

Improves frown lines, the vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows

Raises sagging brows that are hooding the upper eyelids

Places the eyebrows in an alert and youthful position

Brow lift cost

The average cost of a brow lift is $3,403, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Brow lift surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

Brow lift costs may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Post-surgery garments

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee


Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

What is a facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

Relaxation of the skin of the face causing sagging

Deepening of the fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth

Fat that has fallen or has disappeared

Jowls

Loose skin and excess fat of the neck that can appear as a double chin or "turkey neck"

The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to variety of factors, including thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, gravity, sun damage, smoking, as well as heredity and stress.

Other procedures that might be performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes. Fat transfer or fillers may be suggested to replace the lost fatty volume. Skin treatments such as IPL, dermabrasion, peels or laser may be offered to improve the quality and texture of the skin.

Facelift cost:

The average cost of a facelift is $7,048, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Facelift costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's fee may vary based on his or her experience, as well as geographic office location.

Facelift costs may include:

Surgeon's fee

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Anesthesia fees

Prescriptions for medication

Post-surgery garments

Medical tests

Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

What is ear surgery?

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear.

Otoplasty can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

Ear surgery creates a more natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound bene?ts to appearance and self-esteem.

If protruding or dis?gured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery.

Ear surgery cost:

The average cost of otoplasty is $3,154, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Otoplasty cost can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's cost for ear surgery may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic location.

Otoplasty costs may include:

Surgeon's fee

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Anesthesia fees

Prescriptions for medication

Post-surgery garments

Medical tests

Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy)

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck.

What neck lift surgery can treat

Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls

Excess fatty deposits under the chin

Loose neck skin

Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours

The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions and stress.

Some people feel they are not ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing. However, many patients will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin or "turkey wattle" and jowl lines.

When the neck area doesn't match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution.

Rejuvenation procedures that can be performed in conjunction with a neck lift are: a brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, fat transfer, to add fullness to the lips and cheeks and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or eyelid surgery, to rejuvenate aging eyes.

Neck lift cost:

The average cost of a neck lift is $4,528, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Neck lift surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's neck lift price may be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

Most health insurance does not cover neck lift surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Neck lift costs may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Post-surgery garments

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee

Chin Surgery (Mentoplasty)

What is chin surgery?

Chin surgery, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.

Plastic surgery, and other minor office procedures, can often be performed on the lower jaw line and chin area to improve proportions of the face and to help with one's confidence and self-esteem. These types of interventions are frequently suggested by board-certified plastic surgeons to improve the harmony of facial features and improve the chin/jaw/cheek/forehead balance.

Sometimes bone from the jaw itself can be moved forward in an operation called a mentoplasty or genioplasty. Alternatively, shaped silicone implants can be used to give more projection to the chin. Conversely, bone can be removed to decrease an overly projecting chin. Furthermore, modifications to the upper and/or lower jaw can be advised for improved chewing dynamics and occlusion—or how the teeth fit together. These operations can range from simple to very complex.

Many times a plastic surgeon may recommend chin surgery or procedures to a patient having a rhinoplasty in order to achieve better facial proportions, as the size of the chin may magnify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.

Additionally, with recent advances in technology, and after obtaining informed consent after reviewing all options, risks and benefits, your plastic surgeon may suggest off-label use of FDA approved gel filler material as an alternative for providing augmentation of the chin area that may last for a shorter duration.

Chin surgery cost:

The average cost of chin surgery is $2,225, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Chin surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

Most health insurance does not cover chin surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Chin surgery costs may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Post-surgery garments

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

What eyelid surgery can treat:

Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision

Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids

Bags under the eyes

Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris

Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Eyelid surgery cost:

The average cost of eyelid surgery is $3,022, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Blepharoplasty costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's cost for eyelid surgery may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic office location.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans to help cover blepharoplasty costs, so be sure to ask.

Eyelid surgery costs may include:

Surgeon's fee

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Anesthesia fees

Prescriptions for medication


PROCEDURES (CONTINUED)

Facial Implants

What are facial implants?

Facial implants are specially formed solid materials compatible with human tissues, designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face.

The precise type and size of facial implants best suited for you requires an evaluation of your goals, the features you wish to correct and your surgeon's judgment.

If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial contour, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you.

While any area of your face can be augmented with implants, the cheek or malar area, chin and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants.

Chin implants

Chin implants can increase the size and projection of a chin that is not in proportion with the forehead and mid-face.

A small or recessed chin can also be described as one that seems to disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight, rather than appearing as a distinct facial feature.

Jaw implants

Jaw implants increase the width of the lower third of your face.

Much like the chin, a weak jaw can be thought of as one that is not well defined and distinct from the neck or one that slopes rather than angles from the ear to the chin.

In some cases, both the chin and jaw can contribute to facial imbalance.

Cheek implants

Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas that may be recessed or flat.


Facial implants cost:

The average cost of cheek implants is $2,823 and the average cost of chin augmentation is $2,225, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Facial implant costs can vary. A surgeon's cost may be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic location of the office.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans for facial implant surgery, so be sure to ask.

Facial implants cost may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee


Rhinoplasty

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a "nose job" or "nose reshaping" by patients, enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

What surgical rhinoplasty can treat:

Nose size in relation to facial balance

Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils

Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge

Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked

Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned

Nasal asymmetry

If you desire a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that everyone's face is asymmetric to some degree. Results may not be completely symmetric, although the goal is to create facial balance and correct proportion.

Rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum

Nose surgery that's done to improve an obstructed airway requires careful evaluation of the nasal structure as it relates to airflow and breathing.

Correction of a deviated septum, one of the most common causes of breathing impairment, is achieved by adjusting the nasal structure to produce better alignment.

Rhinoplasty cost:

The average cost of rhinoplasty is $5,046, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Rhinoplasty surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's fee will be based on his or her experience and geographic office location.

Rhinoplasty costs may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Post-surgery garments

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee

Botilinum Toxin (Botox)

What is Botulinum toxin type A?

The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin is a popular nonsurgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead creases, crow's feet near the eyes. Several other areas have been treated such as thick bands in the neck, thick jaw muscles, lip lines and gummy smiles.

Botulinum toxin is a purified substance that's derived from bacteria. Injections of botulinum toxin block the nerve signals to the muscle in which it was injected. Without a signal, the muscle is not able contract. The end result is diminished unwanted facial wrinkles or appearance. Commonly known types of botulinum toxin type A injections include Botox, Dysport and Xeomin.

Botulinum toxin can be used to:

Smooth crow's feet, forehead furrows, frown lines, lip lines and bunny lines

Diminish neck bands

Improve the appearance of skin dimpling of the chin

Lift the corners of the mouth

Soften a square jaw line

Correct a gummy smile

Botulinum toxin cost

The average cost of botulinum toxin injections (e.g., Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) is $385, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The cost of botulinum toxin injections can vary. It is based on a few factors such as how advanced the fine lines and wrinkles are, how aggressively you want to treat the areas of concern and therefore the amount of product used.

A surgeon's cost may be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, time and effort the treatment requires and geographic office location.

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for botulinum toxin, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the procedure.

Dermabrasion

What is dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning help to "refinish" the skin's top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.

Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles. It's also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Dermaplaning is also commonly used to treat deep acne scars.

Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face. They can be used alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal/revision or chemical peel.

If you're considering surgery to refinish the skin, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure-when it can help, how it's performed and what results you can expect. It cannot, however, answer all of your questions, as much depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask your doctor about anything you do not understand.

Dermabrasion cost:

The average cost of dermabrasion is $1,162, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The cost of dermabrasion treatment can vary. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, facilities or other related expenses.

Prices may also be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, type of dermabrasion procedure performed, time and effort the procedure requires and the geographic location of the office.

Be sure to ask your surgeon about all costs involved in your dermabrasion treatment. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

When choosing a Board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for dermabrasion, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Laser Hair Removal

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive technique that uses highly concentrated light to penetrate hair follicles. The laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft in the follicle-generating heat which damages the follicle to inhibit future hair growth. Therefore, plucking hair before treatment reduces the efficacy of the laser treatment as the target is absent.

Because laser hair removal only affects actively growing hair follicles, it may take several laser hair removal treatments to provide significant hair reduction. Additionally, while laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed.

Laser hair removal cost:

The average cost of laser hair removal is $306, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The cost of laser hair removal may vary. The average fee reference above is the national average surgeon/physician fee only.

Laser hair removal costs may be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the procedure, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires and the geographic location of the office.

Laser hair removal costs may include:

Procedure costs and Prescriptions for medication

Microdermabrasion

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.

This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks.

What microdermabrasion can do:

Improve age spots and black heads

Improve hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)

Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance

Lessen the appearance of stretch marks.

Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores

Treat acne and the scars left by acne

Microdermabrasion helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin that's abundant when you're a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.

Microdermabrasion cost:

The average cost of microdermabrasion is $138, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The cost of microdermabrasion treatment can vary. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, facilities or other related expenses.

Prices may also be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, type of microdermabrasion procedure performed, time and effort the procedure requires and the geographic location of the office.

Be sure to ask your surgeon about all costs involved in your microdermabrasion treatment. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for microdermabrasion, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Chemical Peel

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve the texture and tone of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.

Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred.

A chemical peel is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of your skin. The potential result of the chemical peel depends on the type of chemical and technique used.

What a chemical peel can improve:

Acne or acne scars

Fine lines and wrinkles

Irregular skin pigmentation

Rough skin and scaly patches

Certain scars

Sun-damaged skin

Chemical peel cost:

The average cost of a chemical peel is $673, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Prices may also be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the procedure, type of chemical peel performed, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires and the geographic location of the office.

Chemical peel costs may include:

Anesthesia fees (when done with anesthesia)

Prescriptions for medications

Facility costs

Derma Fillers

What are Derma Fillers?

Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face.

As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow's feet become more apparent.

The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle.

What dermal fillers can do:

Plump thin lips

Enhance shallow contours

Soften facial creases and wrinkles

Improve the appearance of recessed scars

Reconstruct contour deformities in the face

Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids

Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.

Dermal fillers cost:

The average cost of dermal fillers vary.

Cost is always a consideration in elective procedure or treatment. The cost of dermal filler injections may vary based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires, as well as the geographic location of the office. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Your satisfaction involves more than a fee.

When choosing a plastic surgeon for dermal filler injections, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the procedure.

The following is a list of the average cost of several popular types of dermal fillers, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and are priced as a per syringe cost. Most patients need multiple syringes to achieve desired results.

Calcium hydroxylapatite (e.g., Radiesse): $687

Fat: $1,930

Hyaluronic acid (e.g., Juverderm, Restylane, Belotero): $644

Polylactic acid (e.g., Sculptra): $773

Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (e.g., Bellafill): $859


Laser Skin Resurfacing

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser peel, laser vaporization and lasabrasion, can reduce facial wrinkles, scars and blemishes. Newer laser technologies give your plastic surgeon a new level of control in laser surfacing, permitting extreme precision, especially in delicate areas.

What laser skin resurfacing can improve

Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth

Scars from acne or chickenpox

Non-responsive skin after a facelift

Aged or sun-damaged skin

Liver spots

Improve your complexion if you have yellowish or grayish skin tones

Warts

Birthmarks such as linear epidermal nevi

Enlarged oil glands on the nose

Laser skin resurfacing cost:

The average cost of laser skin resurfacing is $2,330 for ablative and $1,031 for non-ablative (e.g., Fraxel), according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The cost of laser skin resurfacing may vary, and the aforementioned fees are the national average surgeon/physician fee only. Price may be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires, as well as geographic office location.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Laser skin resurfacing costs may include:

Surgical facility costs

Anesthesia fees

Prescriptions for medication

Be sure to ask your surgeon about all costs involved in your procedure.



Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing

What is skin rejuvenation and resurfacing?

Sun, skin disorders, aging and even heredity can all contribute to skin irregularities on the face and elsewhere on the body. These include textural irregularities like wrinkles and acne scars, pigmentation changes like freckles and sunspots, or visible blood vessels.

In addition, skin may lose tone, feel less firm and certain areas of the body may develop cellulite conditions.

Conditions that can be treated with skin rejuvenation and resurfacing include:


Static wrinkles: These wrinkles are visible at all times and do not change in appearance with facial movements

Dynamic wrinkles: These are expression lines that may appear as folds when the skin is not moving, and deepen with facial movements or expressions

Pigmentation: Freckles, sun spots or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure

Scars: As the result of acne or injury to the skin, scars may be rolling (a wavy appearance to the skin), pitted, discolored or have raised borders

Vascular conditions: Blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, vascular lesions that appear as tiny blood-filled blisters or even a constant flush of facial redness

Loss of skin tone: Weakening of the supportive skin structures (collagen and elastin fibers) that result in a loss of skin firmness or the development of cellulite

Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing cost

The cost of skin resurfacing and rejuvenation procedures can vary.


A surgeon's cost may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic location of the office.

Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing costs may include:

Surgeon's fee

Facility costs

Anesthesia fees

Prescriptions for medication

Medical tests

Men and Plastic Surgery

Gynecomastia Surgery

What is gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery reduces breast size in men, flattening and enhancing the chest contours.

In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced.

Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty.

Hair Transplant

What is hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is surgery that is performed to restore hair to areas of the scalp that are bald or that have thinning hair. There are multiple types of hair replacement surgery. Most commonly, these involve hair transplantation, but flap surgery, tissue expansion of the scalp and scalp reduction surgery, are also methods used for hair replacement. Each of these types of surgeries can be used alone, or in combination, to provide the patient with the best possible outcome for hair replacement.

Hair transplantation involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing scalp from a donor site and using them as grafts to be relocated to a bald or thinning area of the scalp.

Flaps surgeries involve moving hair bearing scalp tissue into bald areas of the scalp.

Tissue expansion allows the hair bearing scalp to be expanded to help cover areas of the scalp that have no hair.

Scalp reduction surgery involves surgically removing bald areas of the scalp and advancing, or bringing together, the hair bearing areas of the scalp.

Cosmetic Surgery for Men

Our society places a high value on looking young and fit. Today, men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. Men's goals may include a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face and a trimmer waistline. The procedures used to achieve these goals must take into consideration factors such as skin thickness, beard growth or body type.

RECONSTRUCTIVE PLASTIC SURGERY

Breast Reconstruction

What is breast reconstruction?

The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital deformities.

Breast reconstruction often involves multiple procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.

Breast reconstruction generally falls into two categories: implant-based reconstruction or flap reconstruction. Implant reconstruction relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound. Flap (or autologous) reconstruction uses the patient's own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast.

There are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing which option is best:

Type of mastectomy

Cancer treatments

Patient's body type

Breast reconstruction cost

Breast reconstruction cost can vary.

A surgeon's cost for breast reconstruction may vary based on his or her experience as well as geographic location.

Breast reconstruction costs may include:

Surgeon's fee

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Anesthesia fees

Prescriptions for medication

Post-surgery garments

Medical tests and imaging

Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

What is cleft lip and palate repair surgery?

Cleft lip (cheiloschisis) and cleft palate (palatoschisis) are among the most common birth defects affecting children in North America.

The incomplete formation of the upper lip (cleft lip) or roof of the mouth (cleft palate) can occur individually, or both defects may occur together. The conditions can vary in severity and may involve one or both sides of the face.

Cause and repair

A cleft, or separation of the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth, occurs very early in the development of your unborn child. During fetal development, certain components of the upper lip and roof of the mouth fail to form normally. Cleft lip and cleft palate repair is a type of plastic surgery to correct this abnormal development both to restore function and to restore a more normal appearance.

Most clefts can be repaired through specialized plastic surgery techniques, improving your child's ability to eat, speak, hear and breathe, and to restore a more normal appearance and function.

Hand Surgery

What is hand surgery?

If your hand is impaired in any way, surgery may improve your condition. This type of very specialized surgery can treat diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and fingers. Surgery seeks to restore to near normal the function of fingers and hands injured by trauma or to correct abnormalities that were present at birth.

What hand surgery can treat:

Carpal tunnel syndrome: A condition caused by pressure to the median nerve within the wrist, or carpal tunnel. You might feel pain, a tingling sensation, numbness of the fingers, weakness or aching. Carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with multiple conditions including: repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, injury to the nerve in the carpal tunnel or rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis: A disabling disease that can cause severe inflammation in any joint of the body. In the hand, it can deform fingers, cause pain and impair movement.

Dupuytren's contracture: A disabling hand disorder in which thick, scar-like tissue bands form within the palm and may extend into the fingers. It can cause restricted movement, bending the fingers into an abnormal position.

Hand surgery cost:

Cost is always a consideration in surgery, whether to repair your hand or to reconstruct your appearance. A surgeon's cost for hand surgery may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic location.

Hand surgery costs may include:

Surgeon's fee

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Anesthesia fees

Prescriptions for medication

Post-surgery garments

Medical tests

Scar Revision

What is scar revision surgery?

Scar revision surgery will attempt to minimize a scar so that it is less conspicuous and blends in with the surrounding skin tone and texture.

Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are the unavoidable results of injury or surgery, and their development can be unpredictable. Poor healing may contribute to scars that are obvious, unsightly or disfiguring. Even a wound that heals well can result in a scar that affects your appearance. Scars may be noticeable due to their size, shape or location; they can also be raised or depressed, and may differ in color or texture from the surrounding healthy tissue.

Your treatment options may vary based on the type and degree of scarring and can include:

Simple topical treatments

Minimally invasive procedures

Surgical revision with advanced techniques in wound closure

Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic result or improve a scar that has healed poorly, a scar cannot be completely erased.


Skin Cancer Removal

What is skin cancer removal?

A cancer diagnosis is very difficult to accept. Understanding that treating your skin cancer may result in scars or disfigurement can also be troubling. Your plastic surgeon understands your concerns and will guide you through treatment and explain the resulting effect on your health and appearance.

Skin cancer, much like any form of cancer, may require surgery to remove cancerous growths. Your plastic surgeon can surgically remove cancerous and other skin lesions using specialized techniques to preserve your health and your appearance.

Although no surgery is without scars, your plastic surgeon will make every effort to treat your skin cancer without dramatically changing your appearance.

Skin cancer removal cost

Skin cancer removal cost varies.

A surgeon's cost for skin cancer removal surgery may be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic location of the office.

Skin cancer removal costs may include:

Anesthesia fees

Hospital or surgical facility costs

Medical tests

Prescriptions for medication

Surgeon's fee

Need more info?

You'll find lots more information about Plastic Surgery on the following Websites:


American Board of Plastic Surgery

https://www.abplasticsurgery.org/


American Society of Plastic Surgeons

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/