One of America’s greatest living thinkers, Dolly Parton, once said, “If I see something saggin', baggin', or draggin', I'm gone have it nipped, tucked, or sucked!” She is not alone. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), consumers spent approximately $12 billion dollars on collective plastic surgery in 2014. For some perspective, that is more than the entire GDP of countries like Nicaragua and Madagascar that same year, and is far above what will be spent on the presidential elections in 2016.
How much do these procedures cost on average? Prices for some of the most common procedures, based on 2014 data compiled by RealSelf.com, are listed below from cheapest to most expensive.
- Lip Implants – Fuller and richer lips through implants (as opposed to injections) cost around $2,500.
- Otoplasty – Cosmetic ear surgery will run you $3,425 for the average procedure.
- Labiaplasty – Whether for cosmetic reasons or to deal with sexual dysfunction issues, this form of vaginal rejuvenation costs $3,950.
- Chin Augmentation – Do you feel that the lack of a distinct chin projects weakness? A stronger chin can be yours for $4,025.
- Eyelid Surgery – Got droopy eyelids? They can be altered for a middling cost of $4,075.
- Buttock Lift – PlasticSurgery.com lists the buttock lift price at $4,878.
- Gynecomastia – It is not just women that can consider the breast area a trouble spot to be remedied via surgery. The procedure to deal with "man-boobs" averages $5,200.
- Liposuction – This popular fat removal process costs approximately $5,900.
- Breast Size – $6,500 is the average price for larger breasts, while $5,525 is the average cost for reduction surgery. With regard to augmentation, the RealSelf data does not distinguish between saline and silicone implants.
- Rhinoplasty – If you choose to alter your profile with a nose job, $6,580 is the going rate.
- Neck Lift – For about $7,275, neck wrinkles and flaps can become a thing of the past.
- Tummy Tuck – You will not get a six-pack out of the deal, but you can get a tighter tummy for roughly $7,800.
- Brow Lift – Forehead wrinkles, be gone — for the price of $7,825.
- Breast Lift – For $8,000, ladies can rejuvenate their breasts and defeat gravity for a while.
- Thigh Lift – Another way to hold nature and gravity at bay is through a thigh lift, which costs around $8,775.
- Arm Lift – To get rid of "arm flaps" the average cost is $8,375.
- Facelift – You can reverse the clock with a facelift to reduce wrinkles, but a youthful appearance and tighter smile will set you back $11,000.
Recent trends according to ASAPS include an increase in the "below-the-belt" procedures of labiaplasty and buttock lifts (49% and 86% growth from 2014, respectively). Plastic surgeons are crediting the increase in buttock lifts to the popularity of Kim Kardashian's backside — reportedly, that is the most requested celebrity feature to duplicate. Personally, I’d prefer my wallet look as fat as hers.
Another significant trend is the large increase in the number of men seeking cosmetic surgery. Michael Edwards, ASAPS President, said that the number of men looking at both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures is up 43% this year alone. Since data collection began in 1997, there has been a whopping 273% increase in the procedures performed on men.
If you decide to try plastic surgery, and like the results, you may be back for more. According to reports, half of U.S. plastic surgery patients are repeat customers. Plastic surgery procedures must be like potato chips; you cannot stop at just one. But if you eat too many chips, you can always suck the fat out later!