A lot of plastic surgery is done on the side, often for cosmetic purposes, and there are no official numbers on what percentage of Americans get their plastic surgery done on their own, even though that is the biggest market for plastic surgery.
The American Plastic Surgery Association estimates that about 20% of Americans who have plastic surgery do it themselves.
So how much do they actually spend?
A recent survey of more than 1,500 Americans, conducted by the consumer research firm BrandIndex, showed that people spent $9,500 on plastic surgery in 2014.
The survey found that about half of respondents reported they had spent $20,000 or more on plastic surgeries.
The highest spending category was for the procedure to remove facial hair, followed by liposuction, breast augmentation, breast implants, nose jobs, breast reconstruction, and facial hair removal.
Another survey of 1,200 Americans found that only a small percentage of people who had plastic surgery reported spending more than $5,000.
And that was in 2015, when the American Society of Plastic Surgeons surveyed its members about plastic surgery costs and found that people who got their surgery at a local or specialty plastic surgeon cost $2,000 to $7,000 more than those who had it done by a professional in-house.
In 2018, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a medical group that represents surgeons in the United States, told the American Journal of Surgery that it expects to see an increase in the percentage of American adults with plastic surgery bills because of the rising cost of plastic surgeries in the last few years.
So there’s that.
Now, I’ve got a question for you.
Do you know how much your plastic surgery cost?
I know that your doctors are usually quoted in the local newspaper, or I could find the quote online.
So if I wanted to get plastic surgery for $1,000, I’d look at the local paper, and then I’d go to the website and look at how much it costs.
And then I would have to look at what the other procedures cost, and I’d have to do that all on my own.
I’m not saying I’d spend $10,000 on my plastic surgery alone, but I would like to have a way to track it.
[The Washington Post, “A plastic surgeon’s price list,” 2/13/15]