The True Cost of Plastic Surgery: What You Need to Know

As a plastic surgeon with years of experience, I have been asked countless times about the average cost of plastic surgery. It's a common question, but one that does not have a straightforward answer. The reality is that the cost of plastic surgery can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the type of procedure, the surgeon's fees, and the location of the surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average surgeon's fee for plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States is approximately $4,000. However, this number can be misleading as it does not include other costs such as anesthesia, facility fees, and post-operative care.

Additionally, this number is an average and does not accurately reflect the cost of specific procedures. Founded in 1931, ASPS represents doctors certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They conduct an annual survey to gather data from certified doctors who are most likely to perform plastic surgery procedures. This survey provides the most comprehensive census of plastic surgery in the country. At Baylor School of Medicine, we offer a wide range of plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures. Our team is led by Dr.

Edward Reece, who not only serves as a professor and head of the Division of Adult Plastic Surgery but also as the chief of adult surgery at Texas Children's Hospital. Our goal is to provide our patients with exceptional care and results that exceed their expectations. The ASPS survey also revealed an interesting trend - 11% of women surveyed said they are now more interested in cosmetic plastic surgery or non-surgical procedures than before COVID-19. This number is even higher among women who have already undergone a procedure. This shows that despite the challenges of the pandemic, people are still interested in improving their appearance and boosting their confidence. It's essential to note that plastic surgery is not just about aesthetics. It also includes procedures that restore form and function, such as breast reconstruction, burn surgery, and pediatric plastic surgery.

These procedures can significantly improve a person's quality of life and should not be overlooked. ASPS is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and is a leading authority and source of information on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. With over 11,000 medical members from around the world, ASPS is dedicated to promoting quality care by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, medical practice, and research in plastic surgery. One of the ways ASPS promotes quality care is through their first national online database on plastic surgery procedures called Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS). This database allows ASPS members to provide information about procedures, including costs and outcomes, to help patients make informed decisions. At Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we are proud to be a part of this close-knit group of skincare specialists. As Austin's leader in dermatology and plastic surgery, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and the best possible results.