Cosmetic Surgical Procedures - Know The Real Costs?

Every year I like to provide information on cosmetic treatments because many times people ask me about procedures outside the natural skin care approaches that I live by and recommend.

I also get asked this because every year I add to the tally of years I have been around and it gets harder to convince people of my real age. The fact I look in my early thirties when I'm really in my late forties does not help... but I guess that is not so bad after all! :-)

Now, the medical procedures people consider undergoing can for most people give temporary results at best. They can also be expensive in more than just dollars and cents, as they carry great risks and side effects.

Last year alone total cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States grew to 1,555,614. These procedures have increased by 2% every year since 2005, but have decreased by 18% since 2000 as injectable's (botox) have become more popular.

I have posted other articles on each of these procedures on this blog. So make sure to look for them and read them as well.

Here are the main procedures people undergo and what they cost, as well as
the risks involved. These numbers are current to 2010.

1) BOTOX Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections

For reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Freezes the muscles under the skin
so it remains relaxed and expressionless.

- Botulinum Toxin Type A (food poisoning bacteria)
- 5.4 million procedures
- Up 12% from 2009
- Average cost: (each session) $500.00
- Frequency: Every few months or whenever its effects start to fade
- Risks: Allergic reaction, facial paralysis, droopy eyelids, and swelling

Studies have found that Botox makes its way into the hair follicles, fingers, and toenails as the body works to remove it. This can cause other side effects in those areas as well.

2) Soft Tissue Fillers

For filling in deep lines and wrinkles and deep acne pits. Fat from other parts of
the body is used to "fill in" these areas where collagen has broken down.

- Restylane, Perlane, etc.
- 1.8 million procedures
- Up 3% from 2009
- Average cost: $400.00 to $1200.00 per treatment
- Frequency: Every 6 months to a year depending on how quickly the fat breaks down
- Risks: Infection, swelling, and misshapen or lumpy skin

3) Chemical Peels

Removing the outer layers of skin by chemical burning or oxidizing. Skin heals and then peels off revealing a newer and smoother layer. Similar to what happens to the skin when you get a sunburn.

- 1.1 million procedures
- No change in percentage from 2009
- Average cost: $600.00 per session
- Frequency: Every 3 to 4 months as a maintenance procedure
- Risks: Scarring, pigmentation changes, allergic reactions, mottled or spotted skin, and infection during the healing process

I'd like to point out here that the Ginale Skin Peel I often recommend is not a "chemical peel", has none of these risks and side effects, and can provide results comparable to these types of peels. You can learn more about it by watching this video:

Click Here To Watch The Get Clear Skin In 7 Days Or Less Free Video

4) Laser Hair Removal

For removing unwanted hair permanently. Hair follicle is cauterized killing its growth.

- 938,000 procedures
- Up 5% from 2009
- Average cost: $1700.00
- Frequency: Until all unwanted hair is removed
- Risks: Large pores in the treatment area, infection, acne breakouts, and scarring

5) Microdermabrasion

For smoothing skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is a type of exfoliation process that "sands" the skin layers down using micro crystals in a variety of ways.

- Microdermabrasion
- 825,000 procedures
- Down 9% from 2009
- Average cost: $300.00 per session
- Frequency: Weekly to monthly depending on the condition
- Risks: Overdoing the procedure therefore creating sensitive skin, pigment discoloration (although this usually corrects itself), and infection if skin gets too much abrasion.

Note: I've heard Microdermabrasion can be very painful if administered by an inexperienced professional. So make sure you ask good questions before you undergo this type of treatment.

So there you have it straight form the American Society for Plastic Surgery. The cost of skin care can be great on your skin and your wallet, and you are correct to think through any of these and ask good questions first.

It was interesting to me that laser procedures were not evaluated. However, I've said before when acne, anti-aging of the face, and scarring are concerned, there is a long way to go with that procedure.

I hope this information helps you make informed choices for any skin condition you are looking to improve. If you are interested in what I use to keep my skin clear and look young even as I age, follow through to the next link to learn more by watching a video.

Click Here To Watch The Get Clear Skin In 7 Days Or Less Free Video

Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,

Chris Gibson

"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,

I take a probiotic (50 billion organisiums) and a digestive enzyme with probiotics in the supplement, can any of these cause acne breakouts?

Thanks.