With the recession as bad as it is (I’m hearing that some plastic surgery practices are down 80%!), I thought I’d think up some ways people may still want to get their plastic surgery… but on a budget.
Here are my Seven Plastic Surgery Tips to Survive the Recession:
7. Try Saline Implants Instead of Silicone Gel – Although not as natural-looking or feeling, saline breast implants are still nice implants, and may have a lower complication rate. They can also save you a cool grand in implant costs.
6. One Cream to Rule Them All – If you could only use one anti-aging cream for your face, it should be Retin-A. Not only does it improve acne, but it also smooths wrinkles, exfoliates, thickens collagen, and clears blemishes. And it costs less than a hundred bucks for a big tube. Do not use if you’re pregnant, though.
5. Try Sculptra instead of conventional fillers – Although not FDA-approved for general cosmetic use yet, many surgeons are using Sculptra off-label to fill in hollowness under the eyes and overall gauntness. Unlike traditional fillers which last only 6-12 months, it can last 3-5 years. Some are predicting FDA approval for general cosmetic use sometime this year.
4. Opt for Regular Lipo Over Ultrasonic or Laser Lipo – I recently returned my VASER machine since I didn’t see a significant improvement over traditional liposuction in my patients, therefore not justifying the higher price tag. I have the same opinion of laser liposuction, with which some unscrupulous practitioners claim is comparable to a facelift.
3. Try Chemical Peels Instead of Lasers – A good TCA peel (like the Blue Peel) is comparable to laser treatments, but carries a much smaller pricetag. Whereas a laser can cost $150,000 to purchase, what are the costs for the supplies of a generic TCA peel? A couple bucks.
2. A Little Botox Goes a Long Way – Many patients are saving money on Botox by using a smaller amount and spreading it out over multiple areas. Instead of injecting 20 units in the forehead, they may have 10 units in the forehead and 10 units in the frown lines. The actress Jenny McCarthy recently admitted to People Magazine that she prefers frequent injections of smaller amounts of Botox.
1. Let Your Insurance Pay For It – Do not take this wrong. Health insurance will not pay for your breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or facelift, BUT it might pay for your upper eyelid lift if you can prove the excess skin of your eyelids severely disturbs your vision. It may also pay for your breast reduction, if your breasts are massive and create severe pain. If you are unsure whether your surgery will be covered by insurance, ask yourself if you want it truly for cosmetic reasons or to treat a medical condition. If it is the latter, then call your insurance company and see if they may pay for it.
About the Author
Dr. Anthony Youn is a Michigan-based board-certified plastic surgeon, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has been featured on E! Television’s Dr. 90210 and Celebrity Plastic Surgery, The Montel Williams Show, Fox News Channel, The O’Reilly Factor and quoted in US Weekly, In Touch, Life & Style Weekly, RADAR magazine, MSNBC, OK! Weekly, and Star Magazine discussing a wide range of plastic surgery issues. His blog Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery is the most read blog by a plastic surgeon in the country and has received nearly 6 million hits. Learn more about Dr. Anthony Youn.