Americans spend $16.5 billion on cosmetic surgery

Americans spent more than $16.5 billion on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures in 2018 – four percent more than the year before  – according to a new report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Releasing the new report, ASPS president Alan Matarasso said cost was always a consideration when considering elective surgery but a “patient’s primary focus should be selecting a plastic surgeon who places a quality result and the patient’s safety at the forefront of every procedure”.

“The least expensive procedure is the one done correctly the first time,” he said.

According to the report, the most popular “most expensive” surgical procedures were:

  • Nose reshaping (213,780 procedures): average surgeon fee of $5350
  • Tummy tuck (130,081 procedures): average fee of $6253
  • Facelift (121,531 procedures): average fee of $7655
  • Breast reduction (43,591 procedures): average fee of $5680

The most popular “least expensive” surgical procedures were:

  • Breast augmentation (313,735 procedures): average surgeon fee of $3824
  • Liposuction (258,558 procedures): average fee of $3518
  • Eyelid surgery (206,529 procedures): average fee of $3156
  • Labiaplasty (10,246 procedures): average fee of $2924

Matarasso stressed that many surgical and minimally invasive procedures are performed in conjunction with each other.

“For example, a facelift procedure is often complemented with injections of soft-tissue fillers,” he said.

“When these procedures are combined it not only provides optimal results, but it can be more economical for patients.”

The most-performed minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were:

  • Wrinkle treatment injections (7,437,378 procedures): average surgeon fee of $397
  • Chemical peel (1,384,327 procedures): average fee of $669
  • Laser hair removal (1,077,490 procedures): average fee of $285
  • Microdermabrasion (709,413 procedures): average fee of $131

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