How much does plastic surgery cost?
I am frequently asked "how much does plastic surgery cost?"
Alas, this question is much more difficult to answer than it seems at first blush.
Each person has unique anatomy, tissue elasticity, skin tone, and healing properties. In addition, each person has a different set of goals and expectations about what they want to achieve from surgery-- whether it is a breast augmentation, liposuction, labiaplasty, or rhinoplasty. In order to match these things together, a surgical plan is needed-- and the complexity, operative approach, incisions, tissue planes, and surgical materials needed, too, must be individualized.
There are certainly plastic surgery practices that offer a "cookie-cutter" approach to medicine, where surgery is sold like a retail good. However, my surgical philosophy is that individually tailored care gives patients better long-term results, and I prefer to run my practice under this guiding principle.
For this reason, I require an in-person consultation with a prospective patient before I am able to determine the cost of a given procedure. To simply generate a price without carefully analyzing a patient's individual situation, anatomy, concerns, and required surgical approach is to minimize the seriousness and complexity of plastic surgery.
How much is plastic surgery worth?
In my opinion, a better question to ask is "how much is plastic surgery worth?"
This, too, is a highly individualized question that depends on your tastes, preferences, and values. We all purchase many things-- durable and non-durable goods, luxuries and necessities, items for work and items for play, splurges and steals. It is up to you to figure out where plastic surgery fits into this continuum.
One thing that is true, though, is that the hands of your plastic surgeon will stay with you always. Good or bad, you will live with your plastic surgeon's work every minute of your life. Although revision or correction operations are possible (and a large part of my practice is correcting the mistakes that other surgeons have made), the complexity and scarring of each subsequent operation is greater, and the chances for a perfect result are lesser.
You only have one face and one body, so I suggest regarding plastic surgery as an investment decision that you will have to live with forever. You cannot trade in a "starter" plastic surgery job for a better one down the road like a handbag or a car. Decisions should be made with this in mind.