7 Cosmetic Procedures Affordable With the Average Tax Refund

K. Mathews on 17 Apr 2012 at 1:00pm

What’s the best part about going through the hassle of filing your taxes? That beautiful tax return. The estimated average tax refund for 2012 is $2,899. That’s a nice, big amount for something most people view as a bonus check. If you’re considering treating yourself to a cosmetic treatment with that tax refund, here are a few procedures that may suddenly be in your price range:

Liposonix - $2,862 – 92% Worth It Rating

Liposonix before and after

If your belly fat is getting on your nerves, but you’re not willing to commit to surgery to take care of it, this popular new ultrasound technology may worth trying.

Chin Lipo - $2,577 – 82% Worth It

chin lipo before and after

Searches for chin liposuction on RealSelf went up 22% in 2011, possibly due to the increasing popularity of video chat. With your tax return you could be double-chinless in time for the next iPhone release. 

Laser eye surgery - $2,831 – 75% Worth It

laser eye surgery

Life’s too short for imperfect vision. A tax return could afford you 20/20 vision without glasses.

Lip Implants - $2,787 – 56% Worth It

lip implant before and after

Some people prefer temporary fillers to plump up their lips, but if you want your mouth to permanently look like Angelina Jolie’s, implants may be the way to go.

Ultherapy - $2,691 – 83% Worth It

ulthera before and after

Though generally considered painful, the majority of reviewers say this non-surgical skin firming procedure is worth the money.

CO2 Laser - $2,665 – 75% Worth It

CO2 laser before and after

For the benefits of a chemical peel without chemicals, this vaporization treatment can repair skin discoloration, wrinkles, and acne scarring.

ArteFill - $2,344 – 60% Worth It

artefill before and after

You’d still have a few hundred dollars left over if you chose to get this collagen-based injection designed to fill out your smile lines.

In case you do decide to use your tax refund for "personal renovations," be sure to check out our "Creative Ways to Deduct Plastic Surgery on Your Tax Return" for next year. 

What do you plan to use your tax refund on (if you're lucky enough to get one)?

Photo credits: Alexander Kalina/Deposit; Richard Baxter, MD; Richard P. Rand, MD; Ileana Radiana Olaru/Deposit; Joseph M. Perlman, MD; Babak Azizzadeh, MD; Jonathan Hoenig, MD; Lorrie Klein, MD