In today’s world, people are constantly assessing -and assessed on- their appearance. This has led to a thriving cosmetic surgery industry. Anyone can choose to change nearly anything they want about themselves.

Since modern cosmetic surgery started to develop in the early 20’s it has advanced by leaps and bounds, and there are new procedures being devised all the time. From nose jobs and facelifts to breast augmentation and tummy tucks -today plastic surgery is everywhere.

Prices vary by city and state, as well as by doctor. A simple breast augmentation averages just under $4000 nationally, but can range from $3000 to over $7000. A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) has a very wide range of potential costs due to the options and types available. The lowest end of the range starts at approximately $4500 for smaller incisions, and a complicated procedure could be up to $10,000-$15,000. A typical tuck will be between $5000 and $7000 in most areas.

Don’t let price be the determining factor when looking at surgeons. Choosing who will perform this type of surgery on you is a big step, and careful screening is needed. The easiest point to check will be that he is accredited. Ensure you are dealing with a board certified surgeon and investigate what other memberships are required in your area. You should also find out where he has hospital privileges, and make sure the facility is one you are happy with. Investigate the doctor’s experience, paying special attention to experience with the procedure you are seeking. Ask for references, and be sure to follow up on them. How well you relate to your surgeon, and how comfortable they and their staff make you feel is a harder to judge but important consideration. How confident are you about your care both before and after the surgery? Ensure you familiarize yourself with all aspects of your procedure, and ask any question that comes to mind. Lists of questions to ask can be found online.

The medical advances of the last few years and the evolve of cosmetic surgery to a more popular position have made cosmetic surgeries very safe. Nevertheless there are risks with every operation and it is important to educate yourself so you can weigh the benefits and the risks. In the end, only you have the power to make the right decision.