News | Published May 9, 2013 | Written by Christine Dash, practice manager, Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic procedures: More affordable than you may think

I have the privilege of meeting all of our cosmetic patients and see them as they progress through their individual journeys.

Most of our patients have a lot of questions about what they can expect with their procedure, including recovery time, and when they will see the results they desire. One question I hear again and again: How much does it cost?

We see patients who have been thinking about a procedure for years and know they want to have it done regardless of the cost. Others are inquiring for the first time, and don’t have any idea of cost.

The quick answer to that question: There are various procedures available in all price ranges and financing options that may enable you to choose the best procedure to help you achieve your desired goals.

In-office procedures start at $99 for treatments such as chemical peels. Injectable treatments such as Botox®, Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® are priced by the vial or syringe so the actual cost depends on your desired results. Both types of treatments can provide results as soon as the same day or within a week of treatment, making them a good option if you are looking for improvements in a short time frame.

Costs for surgical procedures can vary greatly – depending on the type of procedure and how long the surgery takes, among other factors. Our fees are all-inclusive – covering all surgical fees, anesthesia, operating room costs, and any overnight hospital stays (if necessary). There are no hidden or unexpected costs for our procedures – so no unexpected bills will come your way. On average, surgical patients pay between $3,800 and $9,500 for their procedure.

Many patients take advantage of our financing options to pay for their procedure. Patients who qualify receive zero percent interest for up to two years. This financing structure provides most patients with the opportunity to make monthly payments that fit their budget.

The most important first step is to schedule a consultation with Emily Peterson, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon, to discuss your goals. She will explain the surgical and non-surgical options available to you along with the related costs and recovery time.

One thing to remember, regardless of the type of cosmetic procedure you are considering, is that you are working with a board-certified plastic surgeon in order to ensure you are getting the quality care that you are expecting.

If you have any questions about the cost of procedures or payment options, feel free to call me at 814.231.7878 or email me at