During patient consultations at my Naples cosmetic surgery practice, I have the opportunity to meet each of my patients, get to know them and their goals for surgery, and discuss any questions about the procedure. At my practice, the 3 most common questions that come up in almost every consultation are:
1. How much does plastic surgery cost?
The price of your surgery will depend on many factors, including the type and number of surgeries performed, the anesthesia used, the surgeon you choose and where the surgery will take place However, the national averages, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, show that face, body and breast procedures can range from $2,000 to $7,300, while non-surgical procedures such as BOTOX® or laser skin resurfacing may cost from $375 to $2,100. Be wary of heavily discounted surgeries or extreme bargains – many of these surgeons are not qualified to perform plastic surgery, and you may be putting yourself at risk.
It’s important to understand that plastic surgery is an investment and you should be financially stable before your procedure. Many plastic surgeons offer financing options for your convenience. You can find this under the “Patient Resources” section of most plastic surgery websites.
2. Will I look like I’ve had work done?
Unfortunately, not all plastic surgeons have the skill or training necessary to achieve realistic-looking enhancements. However, if you choose a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon that is qualified and experienced, your results should appear natural. You can assess a surgeon’s skill by looking at the “before and after” photos on their website. These pictures are usually typical of a surgeon’s work and can give you an idea of the results you can expect.
3. How long is the recovery?
Your recovery will depend on the procedure or procedures you are having done and the surgical techniques used by your surgeon. However, for most procedures, plan for about 1 to 3 weeks of recovery time.