Infographic: Making The Right Cosmetic Enhancement Choice


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Infographic: Making The Right Choice

Cosmetic Enhancement is not a decision to be taken lightly. When considering cosmetic enhancement, whether surgical or nonsurgical, there is no substitute for safety. Be sure to choose a skilled, well-credentialed doctor you can trust.


Finding a Qualified Doctor

In the US, there are over 800,000 who are board-certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties Member Board. This number is representative of 8085% of all licensed doctors.
As the leading authority for cosmetic surgery, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has over 7,000 board-certified members.
There are 150 specialties that the ASPS certifies, in addition to requiring surgeons to operate in accredited facilities that have passed rigorous reviews for equipment and staffing.
More than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States are ASPS affiliated surgeons.

What to Do at Your Consultation

  • Discuss your aesthetic objectives with your doctor
  • Discus the treatment options
  • Discuss any questions you may have
  • Request to see photographs of previous patients
  • Review risks with the doctor
  • Review recovery options
  • Review anesthesia options
  • Discuss any medical conditions
Remember to be honest and express all of your concerns to facilitate a smooth, seamless experience.

Your Treatment Environment – Safe Surgery and Accreditation

A well-trained surgeon will have at least five years of surgical training – with at least two years spent focusing specifically on plastic surgery.
The ASPS requires every procedure to be performed in a surgical facility that meets certain standards for safety and quality, which have been set by different accreditation organizations.
When surgeries are performed in accredited ambulatory facilities by board-certified plastic surgeons, the safety record is excellent – less than 0.005% of surgeries have serious complications.
These standards are established by different organizations, which then provide accreditations, such as:
  • The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
  • The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
  • The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)
  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

When It Comes To Your Health Do Not Cut Corners


Cost of Treatment

Many variables affect the total cost of a procedure. Geographic location and the reputation of your doctor, can greatly impact his or her fees. You’ll need to speak with your doctor about additional fees that may not be included in the initial cost, including operating room time, anesthesia and unexpected events. But remember, you cannot put a price on safety. When it comes to your well-being, you do not want to cut corners.
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Top 5 Surgeries – Average Cost*

--Women account for 91% of cosmetic surgeries
  • Breast Augmentation (Saline, Silicone) - $3,268, $3,618
  • Liposuction - $2,815
  • Tummy Tuck - $5,391
  • Breast Lift - $4,174
  • Eyelid Surgery - $2,726
  • Liposuction - $2,815
  • Eyelid Surgery - $2,736
  • Rhinoplasty - $4,352
  • Breast Reduction - $3,310
  • Ear Surgery - $2,885

The Big Day*

In 2013 a total of 11,419,610 (surgical and non-surgical) procedures were performed. That comes up to 31,287 procedures per day.
Should you procedure call for it, medications will be administered to keep you comfortable. Some procedures might not involve anesthesia at all, or might call for only a topical numbing agent, local anesthetic and/or intravenous sedation. Others may require a general anesthetic.
After surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area and observed closely. If your procedure is noninvasive, you will be permitted to go home following treatment and any post-treatment protocols.


Following treatment, it is very important that you follow your doctor’s instructions and take your medications as directed to avoid complications and promote a speedy recovery. Most noninvasive procedures do not require downtime, although you should schedule a follow up visit in order to ensure that the procedure was successful and isn’t causing any ill effects.
Surgical procedures require different amounts of downtime in order to allow the surgical sites to heal and for the results of cosmetic procedures to fully reveal themselves. This will require that you arrange the proper amount of a time off from work so that you can rest and avoid strenuous activities.
Rhinoplasty – 7 to 10 days. The surgical area is not generally at risk from excessive movement, making it very likely to heal quickly.
Breast Augmentation – 1 to 2 weeks. Avoid strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, but also avoid normal movements, such as raising your arms above year head.
Eyelid Surgery – 10 days at most. The first few days may require keeping your eyes closed to allow faster healing.
A Tummy Tuck – 2 to 4 weeks. The skin surrounding the stomach naturally folds and moves with body movement, requiring extra care when healing.
Liposuction – 1 to 2 weeks. The surgical area is able to heal quickly when the patient is able to remain mostly still. 
Sources: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, The Joint Commission, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Board of Medical Specialties
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