Ho Do I Know How Much Plastic Surgery I Can Afford?

Q: I want to have a breast lift, liposuction on my stomach,thighs,buttocks,under the arms,between my chin and lower neck line, an eyebrow lift, and some under the eye work. (dark and somewhat deep and little wrinkles) I am a mother that is curious of amount of the cost. I’m not even sure that I can afford this but I truly have self esteem issues. My weight topped out at 202 lbs but I i am now down to 178 lbs. I have always been one to want to look and feel good about myself and I do not feel that way at 35 yrs old. I am too young to feel this bad about myself!

A: How we feel about ourselves is one of the most important characteristics of a person. While inner beauty and well-being is all that really counts, there is no doubt that how we look on the outside affects how we feel on the inside. Your plastic surgery wish list is comprehensive and, affordability aside, all of that could and probably should not be done in  a single surgery. Therefore, it is important to prioritize this face and body plastic surgery wish list. The best way to approach that, and is what I discuss with all my patients who want an extreme body makeover, is to ask yourself this question. If I could only do one plastic surgery operation and could never return to the operating room, what procedures would you do on this list? I say pick just three and even put those in order of importance to you. Whether you would ever get to phase 2 or not is unknown, but if you don’t, then you will have accomplished the most important changes anyway.

Looking at your list, I can divide it into body and face work. While I am not you, most likely the body work is of greatest importance to you because you have listed/described it that way. It appears that a breast lift (with or without implants) and some abdominal and waistline contouring are your prime targets for change. It may also be possible to do so thigh and arm liposuction at the same time if your budget allows for it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana