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Friday, January 29, 2010

Cosmetic Surgery In The US And Abroad

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By Sylvester Maffet

Numerous studies have concurred that about forty five percent of Americans between the ages of thirty five to sixty have underwent some kind of cosmetic surgery. This statistic is quite impressive because it means that almost fifty million Americans have all had some kind of cosmetic surgery done to them.

The medical and pharmaceutical industries in this country and throughout the world are multi-billion dollar industries. The cosmetic industry has also taken a lead roll in the world economy. Moreover, a branch of the cosmetic industry, cosmetic surgery, has become one of the most lucrative industries in the US and abroad as well.

Cosmetic surgery includes all of the types of surgery that so many of us are familiar with such as liposuction, tummy tucks, and face lifts and is known to make people feel much better about the way that they look and feel about themselves.

It is important to realize, however, that because of the astronomical costs for cosmetic surgeries, a large percentage of the people undergoing them are left in tremendous debt. The average cosmetic surgery is almost never less than ten thousand dollars making it very hard for most people to pay for.

What recent research has shown is that many people, even those with honorable health insurance plans, are suffering from tremendous debt, trying to pay for these surgeries.

This is mainly due to the fact that insurance companies will only pay for procedures that are mainly health related, as after all, their policies are geared towards health issues. Procedures such as stomach band tightening and tooth replacement, although highly effective with regards to aesthetics, are mainly done for health related reasons.

This means, of course, that those other procedures which are solely cosmetics related will not be paid for by insurance companies at all, leaving all who choose to undergo them in quite a lot of debt.

A possible solution to this problem is the idea of undergoing the same surgery by equally capable surgeons abroad, outside of the United States. Certain procedures are significantly cheaper, saving money by the thousands of dollars. This has proven to be a worthwhile suggestion, something for all those interested in cosmetic surgery to look into.

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