2009 March 29 Sunday
Some Plastic Surgery Costs Dropping

For medical costs all you ever hear about are increases. We spend more every year. But at least in plastic surgery some costs are dropping. Laser resurfacing costs have dropped.

New trends reveal that laser technology is steering the future of the cosmetic surgery industry. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), a leader in the cosmetic surgery industry, conducted its annual Procedural Survey and the most notable finding is the shift towards non-invasive laser treatments.

Over the past three years, cosmetic surgeons have seen a significant increase in both males (456%) and females (215%) electing to have laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing is performed with a "super-pulsed" carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to minimize wrinkles and lines on the face. In addition, laser hair removal has jumped to the overall number two most performed non-invasive cosmetic procedure.

"Cosmetic surgery technology is advancing at the speed of light," states AACS President Patrick McMenamin, MD. "As we learn more about the cosmetic uses for lasers, the more patients benefit from effective results and quicker recovery time. It is an exciting time for both cosmetic surgery patients and physicians."

Although the economy is struggling, these laser procedures are looking to be recession proof. For instance, laser resurfacing has seen an approximate $450 decline in price since 2002. "As long these procedures are effective and affordable, I don't see their demand dropping."

Have any procedure costs dropped lately for non-plastic surgery treatments and surgeries? Has laparoscopic surgery cut the costs charged to patients and insurance companies?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 March 29 03:28 PM  Economics Health

Ned said at March 30, 2009 5:00 AM:

Here is what Medicare pays surgeons for the following procedures:

Cholecystectomy - $933.75
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy - $653.58

Abdominal supracervical hysterectomy - $887.14
Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy - $803.17

The laparoscopic procedures are usually quicker and recovery times are generally shorter, so it seems better for everybody.

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