Beauty at All Costs for All Budgets

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    By Milad Mosapoor, via Wikimedia Commons

    Cost isn't the only factor to take into account when considering cosmetic surgery. Risk, recovery, candidacy, expectations and many other elements should also be considered. But what if you had some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? Curious what it could buy you? Here are some examples of how far your dollars can stretch when it comes to cosmetic surgery.

  • $100
    Shopping Spree

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    By Bill Branson (photographer), via Wikimedia Commons

    You know what they say about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure, right? Well, it's true if you have a spare $100 sitting around. A hundred bucks can get you some serious high-end anti-aging products, including broad-spectrum sunscreen and/or moisturizers with SPF protection. The sun's ultraviolet rays do more than increase skin cancer risk; they also cause premature aging and wrinkling. A hundred dollars can also purchase three sessions of a fat-burning indoor cycling class or one session with a top-tier personal trainer to jumpstart your fitness regimen.

  • $125 - $500
    Botox, anyone?

    beauty budgets - botox anyone?

    While prices vary by practice location and areas of the face treated, Botox injections can cost anywhere from $125 to $500 per treatment area. Multiple areas may be treated at one time, and repeat treatments are needed every three to four months, on average. These injections are great for getting rid of crow's feet, not to mention the pesky 11 between your eyes that makes you look mad, even when you're not.

  • $500 - $1,000
    Fill'er up

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    For roughly $500 to $1,000, you can fill in some facial lines and folds. Hyaluronic-acid based soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane and Belotero plump up areas that have become deflated with age, including moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth that look like parentheses. Results last for several months depending on the filler.

  • $1,000 - $1,500
    Sweet Cheeks

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    For just under $1,500 in most locales, Juvederm Voluma can add volume to the mid-cheek region. This designer filler is better suited to fill larger areas than the facial lines and folds favored by other hyaluronic-acid based soft tissue fillers. It's a pretty decent bang for your buck since Voluma results last up to 18 months.

  • $1,500 - $6,000
    Fat Chance

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    If you have an extra $1,500 to $6,000 lying around, fat grafting around your eyes, face, buttocks or breasts may be in the cards. Cost varies based on practice location and treatment area, and results are technician dependent and not always predictable. That said, fat grafting is a natural alternative to some of the off-the-shelf fillers or implants, making it a fan favorite.

  • $6,000 - $10,000+
    Your Breast Shot

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    Breast augmentation with implants costs anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 and up. Cost varies based on the type of implant and the location of the practice, as well as the surgeon's fee. It's steep, but breast augmentation remains one of the most popular procedures performed year in and year out... so it must be worth it!

  • $10,000 - $30,000
    Face Time

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    If you have this much pocket change and are unhappy with the way aging has affected your face, a facelift is well within your budget (assuming of course you are a candidate). Prices vary based on the extent of the surgery, where it is performed and often by whom (not naming names...). While injectable and other energy-based therapies can fill in wrinkles and rejuvenate aging skin, only a facelift can turn back the hands of time by hitting the effects of gravity as well as other signs of facial aging.

  • $30,000+
    All Things Kardashian

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    By Luke Ford [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

    Thirty grand or thereabouts seems to be the cost of keeping up with Kim Kardashian — and by keeping up, we mean looking exactly like her.

    London resident Claire Leeson has spent more than $30,000 in plastic surgery to look more like her idol, according to multiple media reports.


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