The more you pay, the better the plastic surgery?

Tom at RealSelf on 8 Apr 2010 at 11:06am

The adage, "you get what you pay for" seems to apply to big purchases like cars, homes, and electronics.  But does this hold true for elective cosmetic surgery and alternatives?

As reflected in the graphic below, our web community says for plastic surgery procedures and other elective treatments it's often true.

Cosmetic surgery satisfaction and price paid by patients can positively correlate for plastic surgery procedures

We charted the RealSelf Worth It Index (% of our readers who've said the procedure was "worth it"), vs. their reported expense. The key findings are:

  • Tummy tuck and breast implants are expensive cosmetic surgery procedures, yet both receive very high worth it ratings by past patients;
  • Latisse, the eyelash lengthening drug, offers the highest bang for the buck.  The average cost of Latisse is $125 and 80-percent of people consider it worth it;
  • Cellulite treatments, including Velashape, while less costly than cosmetic surgery, still offer poor value based on the consumer ratings

For the comprehensive list of cost information and ratings by consumers, see our Was it Worth it Index

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