You’re not the only one wondering what’s going on with plastic surgery in the United States, and how much it’s actually costing the public.
According to a new report by the nonprofit Plastic Surgeons for Economic Justice, the cost of plastic surgery has soared in the last few years, and a major part of that has been due to a lack of competition.
“Plastics surgery is an industry that has existed for quite a long time, and there’s been a lot of competition, and they’ve been able to raise prices for the same services,” Sarah Eakin, co-founder of the organization, told the Associated Press.
“And there has been no competitive pressure to provide the same quality and value that we’re able to offer.”
Eakin also explained that the reason the cost was so high was because it was easier for patients to get cosmetic surgery than it was for those who needed to remove their plastic implants.
“They were making a lot more money because they had to go to the hospital and do the surgery and have to be put in a plastic surgery suite, and all that.
And they didn’t have to pay for all the equipment,” Eakin said.
“It’s not really a very good value for what they’re doing.”
According to the study, in 2017, surgeons spent $9.6 billion on plastic surgery procedures, and that figure was up significantly from the previous year.
The average cost of a plastic surgeon’s services was $11,800, up from $10,400 in 2016.
In 2018, the average plastic surgery fee was $8,600, up 15 percent from the prior year.
It’s not just cosmetic procedures that have seen increases in cost; the cost for dental procedures and surgery for cancer patients has also increased.
Plastic surgery costs for men have increased by 30 percent, and it has jumped nearly 50 percent for women, according to the report.
But plastic surgery is not just about cosmetic procedures, it’s also about the way it’s done.
“There are so many different surgeries that people do, and the surgeon has to understand that people are different, and you have to have a certain skill set,” Ekin said.
The study also revealed that the most common surgeries in the U.S. are breast augmentation, facial feminization surgery, liposuction, and liposomal surgery, which Eakin says are also often performed by non-physicians.
“If you look at the cost per operation and how often they do them, they’re really expensive,” she said.
Plastic surgeons are also struggling to keep up with demand, and are under pressure from hospitals to cut costs and cut corners.
Eakin pointed out that the American Society of Plastic Surgeon is not a government organization, but it does provide a list of guidelines that hospitals and clinics must follow, which can include strict adherence to the standards set by the Society.
“You don’t want to be making patients wait months to get the procedure, or you want to wait for surgery that isn’t going to save them a lot, or the surgery isn’t really going to improve their quality of life, or they’re not going to make them feel better,” Ekins said.
She also said that some doctors are actually refusing to perform plastic surgery because they are afraid of lawsuits from consumers who are angry that they’ve had their money taken away.