by Dr. Kevin Williams
Many of us would like to become more beautiful and attractive, and the good news is that modern medicine truly offers some amazing options. Plastic surgery isn’t for everyone, but if you are interested in giving it a try, listed below are current plastic surgery prices for common procedures.
The following price information is based on average prices around the U.S.A. and is bound to fluctuate depending on location and each particular doctor’s fee schedule. Make sure you fully understand the cost including hospitalization and follow-up exams before proceeding with any type of plastic surgery.
Current Prices: $1,000-$1,500 per side
Some men may develop breast tissue, especially during puberty, after reaching the age of 50, at times of sudden weight gain or when taking steroids. Having the tissue removed is a popular type of plastic surgery.
Your doctor may be reluctant to do male breast reduction if you are overweight or obese and have not tried to lose weight. The best candidates for gynecomastia surgery have firm, elastic skin that will reshape itself during the healing process.
Current Prices: $5,500-$7,000 for both pectoral muscles.
Pectoral implant surgery is popular among models and bodybuilders who are not able to develop their chest muscles to a satisfactory level to match the rest of their physique. This procedure has only become popular recently, so be sure to find a doctor who has experience doing pectoral implantation.
Current Prices: $4,500-$6,500
Individuals who have an overly large or crooked nose may wish to have it made smaller through plastic surgery. The skill of the surgeon is very important in the case of rhinoplasty, so choose your doctor carefully.
Men may desire rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons. For example, smoothing a bump on the nose, making the nose more narrow, raising a drooping tip, or opening of breathing passages.
Current Prices: $3,500-$4,000
Reduction, augmentation or implantation of the chin to improve one’s looks. This type of plastic surgery involves reducing the size of the chin, or inserting an implant to improve the jaw line or increase the chin’s size.
The ideal male profile includes a well-defined chin and jaw line. Male chin augmentation can improve one’s profile by creating better facial balance. There are many different sizes and shapes of chin implants, making it easy for patients to achieve the specific look they desire.
Many men have unwanted hair on their face, neck, chest or back. A series of laser procedures can help to remove unwanted body hair, although the results are never 100% perfect.
Current Prices: $2,000-$10,000
Men who are losing their hair and going bald can take advantage of hair implantation surgery to regain a youthful appearance. Prices depend on how large a bald spot and how much hair is being transplanted.
Hair transplants require several sessions to complete. Donor strips are taken from the back of the head, and these areas are then sutured. The hairs are then transplanted into balding areas using small needles or surgical blades.
A skilled hair transplant surgeon will attempt to transplant the hair at an angle that mimics the hair growth in other areas of the scalp. The result is natural-looking, and hopefully not noticeable to others.
Current Prices: $2,000-$4,000
For men who want to rid themselves of belly fat or a “spare tire,” liposuction can be an effective type of cosmetic surgery. The more fat removed, the higher the cost.
Generally speaking, male liposuction may be appropriate for men who want to improve their physical appearance, but have been unable to remove those last bits of fat from certain parts of the body through diet and exercise alone.
Average Price: $500-$1,000
For men who have pock-marked skin or other acne scars, microdermabrasion can help. By removing the top layers of skin, smooth and collagen-rich skin is exposed underneath.
Current Prices: $1,000-$5,000
For men who regret getting a tattoo, there is the option of laser tattoo removal. Prices depend on how large a tattoo, and the type of ink that was used. Unfortunately, not all tattoos can be removed completely.
It goes without saying that before proceeding with any type of plastic surgery, you should consult with a medical professional. Make sure to get a second opinion and weigh all of your options before going ahead with it.
Research your plastic surgeon’s background thoroughly to make sure he or she has the necessary expertise and experience to ensure a satisfactory result. This is also true when it comes to plastic surgery for women, because ladies need to make sure they are dealing with a reputable and experienced cosmetic surgeon.
(published December 15, 2010)