Fees for cosmetic plastic surgery generally are paid prior to surgery. Oftentimes the consultation fee is deducted from the procedure. Costs vary widely and depend on the complexity of the operation, where the surgery takes place and which anesthetic is administered.
As a rule, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective surgery” and is not covered by most insurance plans. Some operations that have a significant functional aspect – such as breast reduction, if the weight of your breasts causes pain or interferes with normal activities – may be considered reconstructive rather than cosmetic. Check with your plastic surgeon, who may recommend that your insurance company be contacted before surgery to determine whether coverage is available.
Never choose a doctor solely on the basis of lower cost. After checking for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in ASAPS, you should entrust your face or body to the plastic surgeon with whom you feel most comfortable.
Below you will find the average physician/surgeon fees for the most popular procedures in the US in 2012. These figures are for the specific procedures themselves, and exclude surgical facility, anesthesia, medical tests, prescriptions, garments and other costs related to surgery.
For more detailed information and statistics on procedure costs, see the Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics for 2012.