— The price of plastic surgery in the United States has more than doubled in the past decade, and the average cost of a plastic surgery procedure in 2015 was more than $1,400, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine released Tuesday.
The report found that between 2008 and 2015, the average plastic surgery fee for a child younger than 18 rose by more than 9%.
The report found a significant increase in the number of kids who had to pay more for a plastic surgeon over the past few years, particularly those younger than 17 and in minority groups.
It also found that more than half of all kids who went to plastic surgery had a doctor-patient ratio of less than 1:1.
The report, released as lawmakers continue to debate whether to reauthorize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the state’s Medicaid expansion, found that the number who had had plastic surgery was increasing in the U.S. from 4.7% in 2007 to 9.3% in 2015.
It noted that in 2015, 17% of all plastic surgery procedures in the nation were done by children younger than 15.
The average plastic surgeon fee in the country in 2015 ranged from $1.9 million for a hysterectomy to $1 million for breast augmentation, the report said.
The average cost for surgery for children ages 1 to 17 was $4,600, the study said.
Dr. Richard Smith, chief medical officer of the American Academy of Plastic Surgery, said the cost of plastic surgeries for children is increasing because of a changing population.
He said that since the 1960s, the demand for plastic surgery has been growing as society has moved away from a traditional family life.