The Plastic Surgery Trend: Pick the Part
(2008-03-18) ; Donlan, Francesca
The number of people undergoing abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is on the rise, according to new reports. Abdominoplasty was among the top five cosmetic procedures in 2007, along with liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, and breast reduction.
Such surgeries can range from $4,000 to $7,000 and most are not covered by health insurance. However, most physicians offer financing and accept credit cards. "A lot of people perceive it to be about vanity, but it's about people feeling better about themselves," asserts plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Gardner. He believes people are more accepting of plastic surgery nowadays and more open about it. Gardner also observes that young people are not hesitating to undergo surgery, and older people are opting for surgery later in life. He cautions that any physician can be called a plastic surgeon, so it is important to find one who is properly trained and is board certified.
It is also essential to investigate what the doctor's area of expertise is, says Dr. Patrick Flaherty, an ophthalmologist who performs eyelid and facial cosmetic procedures.