How Much Are You Saving by Having Plastic Surgery Abroad?

Christie Auyeung Plastic Surgery Leave a Comment

Cosmetic plastic surgery continues to surge in popularity. According to a new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Americans spent more than $16 billion on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally-invasive procedures in 2016 – more than ever before.

The report also breaks down the national average cost of some of the more popular cosmetic surgical procedures. We’ve summarized the findings below: 

Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

Procedure # of Procedures in 2016 Average Cost 2016 Cost Compared to 2015
Breast Augmentation 290,467 $3,719  Down 2.7%
Liposuction 235,237 $3,200 Up 6.1%
Nose Reshaping 223,018 $5,046 Up 5.6%
Tummy Tuck 127,633 $5,798
Buttock Augmentation 18,489 $4,356  


Minimally-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Procedure # of Procedures in 2016 Average Cost 2016 Cost Compared to 2015
Botox 7 million $385 Up <1%
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers 2 million $644 Up 5%
Chemical Peel 1.3 million $673 5.70%
Microdermabrasion 775,014 $138
Laser Treatments (Intense Pulsed Light) 656,781 $433

Keep in mind that the cost of plastic surgery depends on many factors, including the type of surgery, the surgeon’s experience, your insurance coverage, associated fees (anesthesia, operating room facilities and other related expenses) and the location of surgery.

A big reason that patients choose to have plastic surgery overseas is because of significant cost savings. Medical costs in the US are consistently higher compared to other countries. Sometimes, potential savings from having surgery abroad can be up to 90%. Other reasons include treatment unavailability in the US, shorter waiting times, and the opportunity to pair surgery with an exotic vacation. You can check out our previous blog post on reasons to travel abroad for surgery here.

If you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery abroad, hopefully these new national average costs in 2016 gives you a starting point for price comparison as you do your research.

Got more questions on how much plastic surgery costs and how much you could save by going abroad? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Christie is a UChicago grad currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys tap dancing, learning to windsurf, and trying new foods.