Can You Afford Plastic Surgery?

MakenzieR on 22 Apr 2011 at 9:00am

The economy is turning around, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported a 9% rise in 2010 for cosmetic procedures. But with a median income of $755/week in the first quarter of 2011, can Americans really afford plastic surgery?

The average costs of the top five procedures in 2010 and the percentage of people (on RealSelf) who thought they were Worth It:

Cost of Surgical Procedures:

1. Breast augmentation $6500 -- 87% say it was Worth It

2. Liposuction $5700 -- 67% Worth It

3. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) $4200 -- 71% Worth It

4. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) $8400 -- 92% Worth It

5. Breast Reduction $7500 -- 87% Worth It

Liposuction cost before and afterNon-surgical procedures:

1. Botox $500 -- 62% Worth It

2. Hyaluronic Acid

  • Juvederm $800 -- 62% Worth It
  • Perlane $900 -- 70% Worth It
  • Restylane $700 -- 60% Worth It

3. Laser Hair Removal $1700 -- 67% Worth It

4. Laser Skin Resurfacing $2200 -- 71% Worth It

5. Chemical Peel $600 -- 59% Worth It

As with most things in life, the top-rated procedures on RealSelf are also among the most expensive. The Mommy Makeover (tummy tuck, lipo and breast augmentation combo) has a pricetag of $12,500 and a 97% Worth It Rating. A Lower Body Lift costs $17,800, but 94% say it's Worth It. 

Even with a new job or bigger tax refund, can you afford that procedure you've been pondering?

Mommy makeover cost before and after

*Income data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Photo Credit: mconners on morgueFile.com