USA Today looks at cosmetic surgery costs

Millions go under the knife each year to enhance their faces and bodies. In fact, 14.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The upper-arm lift is a new favorite, with more than 15,000 procedures being performed in the United States in 2012, up from 300 in 2000. The cost to get those toned arms: generally $6,000 to $8,000. The most common surgical procedure performed in 2012 was breast augmentation – more than 286,000 times.

The cost of cosmetic procedures can vary widely.  Learn more…

Regina Lewis is a national television contributor and host of USA TODAY’s “Money Quick Tips” videos. Follow her on Twitter: @ReginaLewis.


Women opting for surgery to get Michelle Obama’s arms

Many of the trends were familiar.  In all, the group reported, Americans underwent 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries, including face-lifts, liposuction and rhinoplasty; 13 million minimally invasive procedures (think Botox injections) and 5.6 million reconstructive procedures (including tumor removal and scar revision).  People in the U.S. spent $11 billion on the cosmetic procedures alone. Read More…