Dr. Eugene Kim is a trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon providing a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. He received training under several leading plastic surgeons throughout the United States. Dr. Kim also specializes in Asian and other ethnic procedures. Patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA and nearby areas can receive state of the art treatments in plastic surgery, including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, facelift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and reconstructive procedures.
Costs of Procedures
Plastic surgery is a vast field covering advanced procedures for almost every part of the body. The demand for plastic surgery procedures has grown in recent decades following major improvements in surgical techniques and technologies. The average cost of each procedure performed by a cosmetic surgeon will usually differ. This is because each procedure involves different requirements and different sets of skills to achieve the desired results.
The cost of tummy tuck surgery or breast lift surgery may be more than that of an eyelid lift or brow lift surgery. This is because a full tummy tuck surgery will be an elaborate procedure, requiring more time, effort and resources compared to surgery for one part of the face. Similarly, a mommy makeover procedure, including a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and liposuction procedures may cost more than a single procedure such as breast augmentation. Therefore, the cost of two different procedures cannot be compared with each other.
In some cases, the plastic surgeon may perform the same procedure in different ways or using different techniques, depending on the patient’s anatomy and unique aesthetic goals. For instance, liposuction may be performed only in a small area around the waist, or it may be performed in several parts of the body including tummy, thighs, hips, and arms. In such case, the procedure may be spread over two days, and will cost much more when compared to a single treatment over one part of the body. In some cases, the traditional liposuction may be combined with laser assisted treatment, which may also impact the cost of procedure.
Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty may be performed as a full or partial procedure, and the cost will vary accordingly. If a patient needs a full facelift surgery, it may cost more than a single procedure such as forehead lift or chin augmentation. Rhinoplasty may be performed as a regular procedure, or it may be a case of ethnic rhinoplasty, which may involve more intricate and complex treatment.
As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kim performs Asian rhinoplasty for patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA, and surrounding communities. His goal is to maintain the basic integrity and ethnicity of the face, while achieving the desired aesthetic improvements at the same time.
Average Cost of Plastic Surgery
The average cost of a plastic surgery procedure will depend on various factors such as geographical location, skills and reputation of the surgeon, quality of operating room facilities and staff, costs of anesthesia and other factors. To provide a fair indication to new patients about the costs of plastic surgery procedures, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases national average figures of costs of various procedures every year.
According to the ASPS data for 2012, the national average cost of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery was $5,241. This is the basic cost figure, excluding the costs of anesthesia, surgical facility costs and other related expenses. ASPS figures for the same year for breast augmentation surgery showed the average cost to be $3,543. ASPS made it clear that the cost will vary from one case to another, depending on the type of breast implants chosen, and several other factors. The national average cost of breast lift procedure in 2012 was $4,332 as per ASPS figures. The figures for liposuction for the same time period stood at $2,852. Costs of prescription medications, post-op garments, anesthesia fees, and medical tests must be considered separately from the basic costs as indicated by the ASPS.
Insurance and Financing
An elective surgery performed for aesthetic purposes in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA, or elsewhere will usually not be covered under health insurance. Therefore, when planning to undergo a plastic surgery procedure for cosmetic reasons, a patient should consider the budget and financing options, if necessary. Many patients may not be in a position to pay the entire cost up front.
A number of professional medical financing companies are available, and the surgeon’s office may also assist in this regard. The cost aspect of a procedure should be discussed candidly between the patient and the cosmetic surgeon during the initial consultation. Various treatment options can be evaluated and the most appropriate one can be chosen in accordance with the patient’s aesthetic goals and available budget.
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