From the Northeast to the Southwest, prices for plastic surgery procedures vary greatly from region to region. To give consumers a better idea about the cost associated with the most in-demand procedures, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) collected data to represent the national average surgeon/physician fees for each one. And although the price tags are pretty hefty—you are, after all, undergoing surgery—what surprised us most is that six out of the seven most expensive cosmetic surgeries actually cost less than a Chanel handbag. Here’s the breakdown.
A Chanel Large 2.55 Bag rings in at $6,000, which means you can undergo your choice of a tummy tuck ($5,798); nose reshaping ($5,046); a breast lift ($4,636); a breast augmentation ($3,719); liposuction ($3,200); or eyelid surgery ($3,022) for less.
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The only procedure—the most expensive of the bunch—that exceeds the handbag benchmark is a facelift, which averaged $7,048 across the country in 2016. Because a facelift is so detail-oriented and involves surgically manipulating the most visible part of your body, you don’t want to shop around for a bargain price, which could be reflective of an unqualified surgeon.
“Patients are much more choosy when it comes to their face versus the rest of their body,” says Troy, MI, plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, MD. “A botched breast lift or liposuction, while not ideal, can be hidden under clothing, but a botched facelift will be on display at all times. Over the past 15 years, I’ve found that younger patients, who are typically more interested in breast augmentation and liposuction, can be, as a whole, less choosy about their surgeon than older patients seeking facial rejuvenation surgery. Younger patients are more apt to price shop and see the doctor with the funny ads on the morning radio show, whereas patients considering facelift surgeries typically spend more time researching the qualifications of their plastic surgeons because there is so much riding on their results.”