If you are considering undergoing a cosmetic surgery then there are numerous elements that need to be weighed up. These can include issues such as how to find and choose the right surgeon, deciding when to undergo the procedure, and factoring in how long the recovery time will take.
However, aside from the psychological and physical implications of undergoing an invasive aesthetic procedure, for many people the final decision comes down to one thing: cost.
Patients have to decide how much they are willing to pay for an operation, how they will fund it, and how recovery time might affect their ability to work in the immediate weeks and months after the surgery.
As price is such a serious consideration, there are many surgeons in the UK and abroad who are willing to offer discounted or cut-price procedures. While prices may vary due to competition or the expertise of the surgeon, very low rates could be cause for concern. A price tag that is dramatically lower than others could indicate that the practitioner is not as experienced, skilled or as qualified as they should be in order to perform a safe and successful cosmetic surgery.
To help patients navigate this arena, we have provided a guide below of how much you should expect to pay for the top seven most common operations, starting with the most expensive. If the surgeon or clinic you are considering advertises prices much lower than we have detailed, then it would be advisable to keep looking - you should never feel pressured into a cosmetic procedure because of a time-limited offer.
1. Face and/or neck lift (rhytidectomy and platysmaplasty)
Nose jobs - excluding liquid rhinoplasties - are the second most expensive procedure, and the seventh most common to take place in the UK. Prices range from £4,500 up to £7,000, without factoring in the cost of any consultations or follow-up care.
3. Breast augmentation
With 6,888 surgeries taking place in 2019, breast augmentations are the most common procedure in the UK. As the operation can vary widely depending on what is required or requested, prices start from roughly £3,500 and can reach £7,000.
4. Breast Reduction
With a recovery time that can last as long as six weeks, a breast reduction surgery can end up being the most costly when time off work and follow-up care is taken into consideration. The surgery alone will cost between £3,000 and £6,500.
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, was the third most common procedure in 2019, with nearly 3,000 operations taking place. For those considering undergoing the operation, they should expect to pay between £4,500 and £6,000.
Liposuction can be applied to many different areas of the body and, as such, the cost can vary significantly. Due to this, a liposuction procedure can range in price from £2,500 for smaller areas, up to £6,000 for larger areas.
Eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty, is another cosmetic procedure that can vary widely in terms of price due to the delicate nature of the area. At the low end, a patient should expect to pay a minimum of £2,000, and the high end will cost approximately £6,000.
What price should you pay?
Knowing how much to pay for the surgery you want is a matter of research. At the very minimum you should consult with at least three cosmetic surgery providers and find out what their prices are, and exactly what is included in these costs.
Make sure to ask about any additional costs for consultations, follow up surgeries or aftercare. As a general rule, we also caution against patients choosing a provider based on any discounts or financial deals (such as two-for-one promotions).
A good surgeon will be expensive because you are paying for their qualifications, experience and expertise. If anyone is offering dramatically lower prices than their competitors, then this should raise a red flag.
For further advice, take a look at our guide to choosing a safe cosmetic surgeon.