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Mulling a medical makeover? The pros and cons of 36 cosmetic procedures, what they cost, and how long they’ll keep you away from your cubicle.

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FACE
Botox Injections
Cost: $500–$2,000
Procedure: Botox (Botulinum toxin, type A) is injected into the muscles of the face, causing temporary paralysis and preventing the skin from wrinkling, reducing the appearance of frown lines, forehead furrows, and nostril flaring. Can also be used under arms or on palms to prevent sweating. downside: Treatment lasts only three to six months.
Back to work: Immediately

Phenol Chemical Peel
Cost: Full face, $1,200–$2,000; regional, $500–$750
Procedure: The deepest of all peels; a phenol chemical solution is applied to the face to diminish deep wrinkles and even out severely sun-damaged skin by peeling away the skin’s top layers.
Downside: Not recommended for those with dark or oily skin. Permanently increases sun sensitivity. Pores may appear larger and skin may not tan evenly after treatment.
Back to work: 10 to 21 days

TCA Chemical Peel
Cost: Full face, $1,000–$3,500; regional, $500–$1,000
Procedure: A medium-strength peel; trichloroacetic-acid solution is applied to the face to remove wrinkles and sun damage by peeling away the skin’s top layers. Can be used on patients with medium skin and has a lower risk of creating uneven pigmentation patterns.
Downside: Pores may appear larger and skin may not tan evenly.
Back to work: 5 to 7 days

Alpha-Hydroxy Peel
Cost: Full face, $150–$250
Procedure: A mixture of alpha hydroxys -- such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids -- are applied to the skin to even skin texture and reduce superficial wrinkles. Ten percent strength peels can be performed by aestheticians in a spa.
Downside: Must be performed in a series to achieve the kinds of effects created with deeper peels.
Back to work: Immediately

Microdermabrasion
Cost: $250–$500
Procedure: A handheld device scrubs the skin with tiny crystals to reduce fine lines, spots, and scars. Increases skin elasticity and promotes production of collagen. Good for all skin types; can be performed by an aesthetician in a spa.
Downside: It takes five to twelve treatments to achieve the same results as deep peels; works best on younger skin.
Back to work: Immediately

Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing
Cost: Full face, $4,000–$6,000; regional, $1,000–$2,000
Procedure: A CO2 or Erbium laser burns off the outer surface layers of skin, causing new skin cells to regenerate. Reduces wrinkles, scars, sun damage, and superficial skin cancers.
Downside: Skin will be permanently sun-sensitive; a risk of uneven pigmentation patterns in darker skin types.
Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks

Nonablative Laser for Wrinkle Reduction
Cost: $500–$1,000
Procedure: The CoolTouch laser uses light to stimulate the production of collagen in cells underneath the skin’s surface, so skin appears tighter and plumper.
Downside: Multiple treatments may be necessary.
Back to work: Immediately

Rhytidectomy (or Face-lift)
Cost: $8,000–$20,000
Procedure: Targets deep wrinkles, sagging skin in the cheeks, and excess skin and fat in the neck. Incisions are made within the hairline in front of and behind the ears, then skin is surgically lifted and tightened. Can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: May require general anesthesia.
Back to work: 10 to 14 days

Forehead-lift (or Brow-lift)
Cost: $3,500–$7,000
Procedure: Minimizes forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, frown lines, and hooding over the eyes. An incision is made just behind the hairline from one ear to the other, and the excess skin is removed and tightened. Usually performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Results are not permanent.
Back to work: 7 to 10 days

HAIR
Hair Transplantation
Cost: $7,500–$10,000
Procedure: A permanent procedure in which balding areas are filled in with patient’s own hair or plugs, using scalp reduction, tissue expansion, and strip grafts, scalp flaps, or clusters. Performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: May require multiple sessions over one to two years.
Back to work: 2 to 5 days

EARS
Otoplasty (or Ear Surgery)
Cost: $3,500–$10,000
Procedure: Reduces the size and prominence of large ears -- usually performed on children between the ages of 4 and 14. An incision is made in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. The cartilage is then sculpted or removed, and the ears are folded back into the new position. Usually performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia and sedation; surgery is permanent.
Downside: Young children may require general anesthesia and a hospital stay.
Back to work: 5 to 7 days

EYES
Blepharoplasty (or Eyelid Surgery)
Cost: Eyelid-plasty (all four lids), $6,000–$8,000; upper-eyelid-plasty, $3,000–$4,000; lower-eyelid-plasty, $3,000–$4,000
Procedure: Corrects drooping or puffy eyelids, bags, and circles. Small incisions are made in the upper and lower eyelids to relocate or remove excess fat, skin, and muscle. Surgery can be done on an outpatient basis.
Downside: A risk of dryness or irritation in the eye, which would need additional treatment.
Back to work: 7 to 10 days

NOSE
Rhinoplasty
Cost: $5,000–$10,000
Procedure: A permanent procedure to refine the size of the nose. Different techniques using short incisions inside the nose and along the columella remove or reshape the cartilage and tissue in the nose. Can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks

CHEEKS
Cheek Implants
Cost: $4,000–$7,500
Procedure: Incisions are made on the insides of the cheeks or under the eyelids, and implants are inserted, creating greater definition and prominence in the cheekbones. Implants are permanent, and the procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Implants may shift or become misaligned, requiring additional surgery.
Back to work: 1 week

LIPS
Lip-Augmentation Injectables
Cost: $1,000–$2,000 (collagen or fat)
Procedure: Lips are injected with collagen or the patient’s own fat to create fuller, plumper lips and to reduce fine wrinkles around the mouth.
Downside: Both treatments require repeat injections every three to six months. Fat injections last a little longer, but the fat must be harvested from the patient’s body and can cause lumping.
Back to work: Immediately

Lip-Augmentation
Permanent ImplantsCost: $1,000–$2,000 (AlloDerm, Gore-Tex, SoftForm, and soft ePTFE)
Procedure: Small incisions are made at the corners of the mouth and implants, made out of human tissue or plastic, are inserted into the lip, making it fuller and plumper. Procedure is permanent.
Downside: Risk of allergic reaction and rejection.
Back to work: 1 day

CHIN
Chin Augmentation
Cost: $1,500–$3,500
Procedure: A small incision is made on the inside of the mouth where the implant is surgically inserted, giving the chin more definition. Results are permanent; procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Implants may shift or become misaligned, requiring additional surgery.
Back to work: 1 week

Chin and Neck Liposuction
Cost: $2,000–$3,500
Procedure: Excess fat is surgically removed from underneath the chin to create greater definition in the neck and face. Procedure performed on an outpatient basis, with only a local anesthetic and sedation.
Downside: Procedure can leave small scars where incisions were made.
Back to work: 1 week

ARM
Brachioplasty (or Upper-arm-lift)
Cost: $6,000–$8,000
Procedure: Excess skin is lifted and removed via an incision along the inner arm or armpit. Usually performed in conjunction with liposuction to remove excess fat. Procedure is permanent and performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: May require general anesthesia; procedure will leave a scar where the incision was made.
Back to work: 7 to 10 days

Upper-Arm Liposuction
Cost: $3,000–$6,000
Procedure: Excess fat from around the armpit area is removed to make arms look smaller and more defined. Performed on an outpatient basis; only local anesthesia and sedation required.
Downside: Procedure can leave small scars where incisions were made.
Back to work: 4 days

BREAST
Breast Augmentation
Cost: $6,000–$8,000
Procedure: For women looking to raise their cup size or whose breasts are irregular or have changed due to childbirth or weight loss, this procedure can achieve firmer, bigger breasts with minimal scarring. Saline-filled implants are inserted through areola, armpit, or underneath the breast and placed behind the pectoral muscle in order to enlarge the breasts. Procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: May require general anesthesia; implants can rupture as a result of trauma or spontaneously over time, requiring additional surgery.
Back to work: 1 week

Mastopexy (or Breast-lift)
Cost: $6,000–$8,000
Procedure: Breasts that have lost their shape and firmness due to weight loss, pregnancy, or age can be restored to their original shape. Nipples are repositioned higher on the breast and excess skin is removed to eliminate sagging. Procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: May require general anesthesia; will leave permanently visible incision scars.
Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks

Breast Reduction (for Women)
Cost: $7,000–$10,000
Procedure: Using combinations of liposuction and surgery, large breasts are refined to make them smaller. Procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Requires general anesthesia; will leave permanently visible incision scars.
Back to work: 2 weeks

Breast Reduction (for Men)
Cost: $3,500–$5,000
Procedure: Enlarged breasts (caused by heredity or excessive weight) are reduced through liposuction and/or cutting out excess glandular tissue. Procedure can be done on an outpatient basis.
Downside: May require general anesthesia.
Back to work: 3 to 7 days

Breast Liposuction
Cost: $4,000–$6,000
Procedure: Liposuction is used to reduce the size and refine the shape of large breasts.
Procedure can be done on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Procedure can leave small scars where incisions were made.
Back to work: 3 to 7 days

StomachAbdominoplasty (or Tummy Tuck)
Cost: $6,000–$10,000
Procedure: Sagging stomach muscles -- due to pregnancy, weight gain, or age -- can be flattened and tightened. An incision is made from hip to hip, excess fat and skin is removed, and the abdominal muscles and abdominal wall are surgically tightened.
Downside: Requires general anesthesia and usually a hospital stay; there will be permanent scars where incisions were made.
Back to work: 1 to 4 weeks

Tummy Liposuction
Cost: $4,000–$6,000
Procedure: Excess fat located around the stomach is removed through small incisions using liposuction. The shape of the waist and stomach muscles can be enhanced and sculpted.
Downside: Procedure can leave small scars where incisions were made.
Back to work: 3 to 5 days

Love-Handle Liposuction
Cost: $2,500–$6,000
Procedure: Excess fat around the sides and back of the stomach is removed through small incisions using liposuction. Procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Procedure can leave small scars where incisions were made.
Back to work: 3 to 7 days

LEGS
Thigh-lift
Cost: Inner thigh, $4,300–$6,500; outer thigh, $8,000–$10,000
Procedure: Usually performed in combination with liposuction; excess fat and skin are removed and then surgically tightened with an incision along the groin. Results are permanent. Performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Requires general anesthesia; permanent incision scars along the groin.
Back to work: 10 to 14 days

Thigh Liposuction
Cost: $3,500–$6,000
Procedure: Excess fat on the thighs is surgically removed to create greater definition in the legs. Performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Procedure can leave small scars where incisions were made; pockets or depressions in the skin may occur, requiring further treatment.
Back to work: 1 week

Knee Liposuction
Cost: $2,500–$3,500
Procedure: Surgically removes pockets of fat around knees. Procedure is performed on an outpatient basis with a local anesthetic and sedation.
Downside: Procedure can leave small scars where incisions were made.
Back to work: 4 days

Laser Treatment of Leg Veins
Cost: $600–$1,200
Procedure: A Versapulse C laser is used to lessen the appearance of spider veins on the legs. No incisions necessary. Can be performed on an outpatient basis, without anesthesia.
Downside: May require multiple treatments.
Recovery Time: 2 days

Sclerotherapy
Cost: $250–$1,500 (depending on the number of veins)
Procedure: A solution is injected into spider veins or small varicose veins, causing them to collapse, shrink, and eventually be absorbed into the body. No surgery or anesthesia necessary; procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Usually requires multiple treatments.
Back to work: Immediately

Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Cost: $500–$2,000 (depending on length and number of veins)
Procedure: Used on larger varicose veins, in this procedure a few small incisions are made in the skin, a hook is inserted into the vein, and the vein is pulled out. Only a local anesthetic is administered; procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. downside: Some pain and scarring.
Back to work: 3 to 5 days

BUTT
Buttock-lift
Cost: $6,000–$15,000
Procedure: Excess skin, a result of weight loss or age, is surgically lifted and removed (this is usually used in combination with liposuction). Procedure performed on an outpatient basis.
Downside: Requires general anesthesia; permanent scarring along the incisions.
Back to work: 2 weeks

Buttock Augmentation
Cost: $8,000–$9,000
Procedure: Solid silicone implants are inserted beneath the gluteus maximus muscle to give a more desirable shape to the buttocks. Scars from the procedure can be easily hidden within the natural contours of the body.
Downside: Potential for rupture or shifting of implants.
Back to work: 4 to 6 weeks

Prices do not include anesthesia or hospital stay, where applicable. Length of recovery is based only on the amount of time it’ll take you to get back on your feet; physical pain may linger, depending on the procedure.


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