By Shoshana Davis, AboutPlasticSurgery.com
There’s an undeniable allure to being able to fix an unwanted bump on your nose, or to remove a little bit of cellulite. In fact, Americans spent 10.4 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures in the past year alone.
Now, what about those of us who don’t have 10.4 billion dollars to spare? Luckily, you can still purchase a nip here or a tuck there on a budget. Here are some of the most popular cosmetics procedures for every budget:
Low: Microdermabrasion – $
Have you ever wanted to get rid of that old acne scar from high school, some lingering wrinkles, or even the often dreaded “crow’s feet”? A rapidly growing trend among the masses is Microdermabrasion. It has been proven effective in reducing the appearance of these and many other unpleasant skin problems. The procedure is non-invasive, quick, and almost always requires no recuperation time. It’s also an extremely cost effective cosmetic procedure, costing around $80 – $200 per session.
Medium: Botox – $
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the most common minimally invasive procedure in 2011 was Botox. 363,000 women had Botox procedures last year. The chemical, officially called Botulinum toxin, is used to eliminate and lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Interestingly enough, it is also used medically to relieve patients of spasms and headaches. At $150 to $400 per area treated, Botox lasts around 60 days for most patients — an investment many women can afford. With many medical and cosmetic offices offering this procedure, including most dermatologists, it’s an easy in office visit that can make a big change!
High: Rhinoplasty - $$$
While not exactly cheap, rhinoplasty is one the most popular cosmetic procedures of all time. In fact, it’s thought that this type of surgery first began in ancient India around 800 B.C. The “nose job” as we now call it has been a staple for both celebrities and everyday people for years — but it can cost you a total of $4,000 to $9,000. Before signing on for a procedure, make sure to check with your insurance company. Most do not cover any cosmetic procedures, so you’ll want to know in advance just how much of an investment you’re making.