Would You Spend Your Tax Refund on a Cosmetic Procedure? Here's What You Can Get With Your Hard-Earned Cash
Chako S. on 15 Apr 2015 at 4:00pm
Now that your 2014 taxes are filed and behind you, were you fortunate enough to get a refund? If it just so happens that the government will be returning some of your hard-earned cash, what will you be using it for? Electronic gadgets, an island vacation, a shopping spree... or plastic surgery?
We polled our community and found that 29% are planning on spending at least part of their tax returns on a cosmetic procedure. Here's a quick and easy list of how you can put your refund to work, broken into $100, $500, $1000, and $5000 levels.
average cost of about $100,you can try a number of non-invasive treatments:
- Fight unruly acne with a salicylic peel (Worth It Rating: 90%). Of the peel, RealSelf user alyssa00 said, "By the next day, it looked smooth and had a nice texture — it kinda looked like a real-life photoshop procedure LOL."
- While the reviews are mixed, you can attempt to improve skin tone and minimize cellulite with a body wrap (Worth It Rating: 36%). In her review, 1hotchic raved, "45 minutes? Are you serious? But the wrap really took off 2 inches in the first hour." [Editor's note: That was NOT our experience.]
- Improve your skin's apperance with a facial (Worth It Rating: 88%). Member gabriellesolis likes Hydrafacials, which helped lighten her sun spots.
Here are some options for the
average cost of about $500:
- Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with a little Botox (Worth It Rating: 70%), which can also be used for a host of other things like treating migraines and excessive sweating. Member tl051c expressed pure excitement in her review of the treatment: "I am so stoked... it's been 2 weeks and botox for jawline reduction totally worked!!!!"
- If you've got rosacea, there are a number of treatments you can try (Worth It Rating: 74%). Member CaliKMP is "very pleased with the Atralin and AcZone. I haven't had any side effects, like itching or burning, from either topical. And I'm THRILLED not to be on oral antibiotics anymore."
- Treat sun damage, redness, or broken capillaries with a photofacial (Worth It Rating: 78%). Member newAZgal is amazed with her results: "The photofacial cleared my skin of any redness (broken capillaries) or brown spots (I am a redhead). It has a beautiful even color now and my pores look smaller. Definitely worth it."
If you got a cool
$1000 tax refund, you can do everything above or try:
- Get rid of unwanted body or facial hair by investing in some laser hair removal (Worth It Rating: 71%). User Excitedyetnervous91 seemed pleased with the results after her treatment and proclaimed, "Laser hair removal has been a life-saver!"
- If you're suffering from tattoo regret, PicoSure might be where you want to spend your refund (Worth It Rating: 95%). Member rcap is excited about his second Picosure session after seeing initial results. "Overall I would say it's about 25% lighter. It healed pretty good, but itched pretty bad around week 2. I can't wait for my next session."
- If it's cosmetic enhancement you're after, injectable filler Silikon 1000 is an option (Worth It Rating: 90%). It's used for acne scars, facial volume loss, lip augmentation, and wrinkles. Member artsy23 used it for a non-surgical nose job, which helped boost her self-confidence. A few months after her procedure she said, "I feel so much better about my nose."
$5000 refundis nothing to sneeze at (lucky you!). You've got all the options above, plus:
- Blast fat cells with Smart Lipo (Worth It Rating: 79%). Member ChrisBNYC did his first treatment last year and said in a recent review, "I am now 3 days post surgery and have already fallen in love with my new look."
- If Smart Lipo doesn't sound like your thing, there's always Liposculpture (Worth It Rating: 86%), which is intended to treat saddles bags and other "problem areas." Member Achilles68 was "transformed" after his liposculpture procedure and revealed in his review, "I was transformed, sending my self-esteem and confidence level to newly obtained heights."
- If you've got crooked teeth and don't want to deal with braces, Invisalign could be a great option (Worth It Rating: 78%). Member usaki's treatment took a little over a year, but it all seemed worth it: "My teeth look really perfect and beautiful now, There's no gap in between my upper front teeth anymore, and they are the beautiful "U shape" instead of the old "V" shape! I don't have an overbite anymore! All I can say is that my teeth are perfect I love it so much!!"
Don't see anything that works for you? Research average costs for a plethora of sophisticated beauty treatments here!
What will you spend your tax refund on? Share in the comments below!
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