Plastic surgery costs vary widely based on the doctor and geographic location. The average doctor's fee for a breast augmentation in 2013 was $3,678, a facelift was $6,556, and a rhinoplasty procedure cost an average of $4,545, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' 2013 report.
The surgeon's fee is only one cost to consider, as plastic surgeries also involve hospital and anesthesia fees, advises the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Insurance does not generally cover cosmetic surgery. Some patients might find that they can negotiate a discount by getting more than one procedure on the same day, says WebMD. Many offices also offer in-house financing. Another financing option is the medical health credit card CareCredit, which does cover plastic surgery, according to CareCredit's official website. Patients may also opt to go abroad for their procedure to countries where costs are considerably cheaper than in North America and Europe, says the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, although it advises using caution when choosing a surgeon overseas.
Patients also should ask their insurance companies if complications from elective surgery are covered under their plan. Additionally, patients should ask their doctor what kind of after-care is included in the physician's fee. All these factors should be considered when planning for plastic surgery costs, advises WebMD.