Study Shows Cosmetic Surgery Costs Deter Potential Patients

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Millions of Americans turn to plastic surgery every year for quick and easy cosmetic rejuvenation. Many disapprove of this beauty method due to the pain and discomfort usually following the procedure, however, a new study reveals that nearly 23 percent of Americans would turn to plastic surgery if cost were not an issue. So it may not be surprising that cosmetic procedures have experienced a significant decline in popularity in the past several years.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that the cost for a tummy tuck in 2010 was around $5,332, while the average cost of abdominoplasty for 2012 comes out to about $7,000. Surgical procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, facelifts and nose jobs are more expensive than less-invasive procedures. Non-surgical procedures such as Botox and chemical peels typically cost several hundred dollars per treatment. It may be due to this that popularity in these procedures rose from 2008 to 2009, and constitutes the majority of the cosmetic procedures performed today.

Nearly ten million procedures ranging from routine chemical peels to extensive reconstructive surgeries were performed in America last year. A 2011 report by the ASAPS found that 52 percent of people with an income of under $25,000 per year approve of cosmetic surgery and 29 percent in this bracket would even consider it for themselves.

It looks like Americans are more fearful of the cost than the actual procedures themselves.

Source: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery