Plastic surgery has a long list of health implications, but you should turn your mind to the financial effects as well. Once you’ve spent time deciding if plastic surgery is a positive physical decision for your body, it’s time to decide whether or not your bank account is prepared for the impact.
Spend time considering the true financial factors associated with going “under the knife.” Here is a brief overview to get you started down the road to enlightenment. Take some notes, and start preparing yourself today.
The price of the procedure
The first main financial consideration when you’re considering plastic surgery is the cost of the surgery. Paying for any procedure isn’t cheap, but the costs do vary widely. It’s important to fully explore what your augmentation will cost.
You will also want to consider whether or not your health insurance will cover all or part of the cost of the surgery. Get details, and make sure you don’t leave anything out of your estimation.
Time spent off work for recovery
You need time to recover when you go into surgery for any reason. Sure, there are some day surgeries. However, plastic surgery typically takes some time to bounce back from, depending on the procedure.
You will need to know exactly how long you will need to be out of work, so you can account for that loss. You may also be able to take paid time off from your job, but you’ll have to work out those details well before scheduling surgery.
Payment for aftercare
Some surgeries carry an extensive recovery time, and you’ll need someone to help care for you while you heal. Breast augmentation and some forms of liposuction surgery can take up to six weeks to fully heal from, so you’ll need a live-in caretaker for at least the first week.
If you don’t have friends or family who are willing to spend the time it takes to help you heal, you’ll have to factor in the cost of in-home nursing. Home care can get pricey, depending on the length of time it takes you to recover.
New clothing for your new body
You may have augmented your body in such a way that you’ll need to purchase new clothing post-op. More than one procedure may require the patient to purchase better fitting clothing post-op. Consider the cost of a new wardrobe as you consider the full financial spectrum of the surgery.
The cost of augmenting your diet
You may also need to change the way you eat after surgery. Purchasing healthier foods, however, will likely cost you a bit more than you’re used to paying for a monthly supply of food. Invest time in planning out your post off nutritional needs, so you have the money to cover the changes.