5 Most Expensive Cosmetic Surgeries

1. Hair Transplants

While no one has yet developed the ultimate cure for balding, hair replacement is one tool that may help certain people. Several different techniques allow surgeons to take hair from one donor site and transplant it to another place on your head.

The best technique for a hair transplant candidate depends on the quality and amount of available hair, the look you’d like, and the surgeon’s expertise and recommendation. Sometimes the surgery needs to be repeated because balding continues and creates an uneven look with the transplanted hair. The national average surgeon’s fee for hair transplantation was $5,136 in 2013 (ASPS).

2. Breast Reduction

Very large breasts can cause long-term health problems. Back, neck and shoulder pain are common complaints, as are skin rashes and irritation beneath the breasts. Sometimes heavy breasts keep women from participating in vigorous exercise, and others are self-conscious about their size.

During breast reduction, the surgeon removes excess fat, tissue and skin for a breast size that’s more proportional to your overall body size and shape. The national average surgeon’s fee for breast reduction surgery was $5,165 in 2013 (ASPS).

3. Tummy Tuck

If pregnancy or weight variations have left you unhappy with your midsection, abdominoplasty—commonly known as a tummy tuck — might be for you. During a tummy tuck, skin is lifted and abdominal muscles underneath it are repaired, and skin is removed. Surgeons also create a new bellybutton.

Experts recommend waiting to lose weight before having a tummy tuck because severe weight changes can drastically affect the surgery results. The national average surgeon’s fee for a tummy tuck was $5,217 in 2013 (ASPS).

4. Facelift

More than 133,000 Americans had a facelift in 2013—up by 6% over 2012. A facelift can reduce sagging, deep creases, jowls, and a double chin. A plastic surgeon makes an incision by the hairline around the ear, repositions the skin, and removes excess skin.

Sometimes people also choose to have another procedure in conjunction with a facelift, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. This can often produce a better overall effect. The national average surgeon’s fee for a facelift was $6,556 in 2013 (ASPS).

5. Body Lift

Coming in at one of the most expensive plastic surgeries, a body lift removes excess fat and sagging skin, minimizing cellulite. This procedure is recommended when liposuction isn’t enough. Liposuction removes excess, weight loss-resistant fat from underneath the skin and works well when skin has the elasticity to conform to a new shape.

However, skin often loses elasticity due to sun damage, weight changes, or pregnancy. During body lift surgery, the surgeon makes an incision around the bikini area (the typical location) with the goal of tightening the stomach, waist, groin, thighs and buttocks in one procedure. The average surgeon’s fee was $8,144 in 2013 (ASPS).

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