My facial surgery costs

See also my transition timetable and financing sections for advice on how to schedule and pay for plastic surgery.

The 1997 information below is for historical purposes only.

Please don't comparison shop or figure a budget based on these prices. They are from the mid-1990s.

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I've been deluged with questions about costs, so to save time, I gathered them all together.

Please don't comparison shop or figure a budget based on these prices. They are several years old.

Your costs will definitely be different for the following reasons:

  • These prices are no longer in effect.
  • You will need different types of procedures than I did. For instance, I had very severe brow bossing (which costs more).
  • Prices change depending on what you have done together.
  • Dr. Ousterhout can only give an accurate price based on a personal evaluation.

That said, fixed costs are in red, variable costs are not.


Forehead recontouring, Scalp advancement, Brow lift, and trachea shave

Performed 12/12/96 by Douglas Ousterhout, MD, DDS at Davies Med. Ctr., San Francisco.

Item

Cost

-- Comments
X-rays

200.00

  Required for the consultation. My dentist couldn't do 'em.
Consultation*

0.00

  * I paid for my surgery at the end of the consultation, so I was not charged.
Travel

0.00

  Gotta love frequent flier miles!
Food/lodging

10.00

  Left Chicago in the morning and came back that afternoon.
       
Forehead recontouring

6,000.00

  I had worst of 3 types, requiring more work and money.
Scalp advancement

1,500.00

  Moved my hair forward 1.5 inches!
Trachea shave

800.00

  Helped a lot in my case.
Anesthesia

1,525.00

  Worked like a charm.
Operating room

1,400.00

  Wasn't awake to see what I paid for.
Recovery room

150.00

  Barely remember this one...
Overnight stay

250.00

  You're required to stay in the hospital overnight.
Leibinger

150.00

  Permanent screws, etc. to hold all the work in place.
Prescriptions

15.00

  Antibiotics and painkillers (my insurance copayment only)
Travel

0.00

  Gotta love frequent flier miles again!
Hospital room

450.00

  Ten days at $45 a night. Great deal!
Food

150.00

  I was very frugal-- ate groceries I bought before surgery
Drugstore

20.00

  Stuff for nausea and digestive problems
Staple removal

       0.00

   
Fixed costs

11,840.00

  Best money I've ever spent in my life. Period. End of story.
Total costs

12,460.00

  Only way to save the difference is to sponge off friends.

Jaw, chin, and nose recontouring

Performed 12/12/97 by Douglas Ousterhout, MD, DDS at Davies Med. Ctr., San Francisco

Item

Cost

-- Comments
Entire mandible

8,500.00

  Smoothed back corners and reshaped the chin, all from inside mouth.
Nasoseptal reconstruction

3,500.00

  Nose was OK, but I did it anyway.
Anesthesia

1,400.00

  Different anesthesiologist, same effect.
Operating room

2,600.00

  Slept through it again...
Recovery room

150.00

  Don't remember this at all this time.
Overnight stay

250.00

  You're required to stay in the hospital overnight. You'll need it!
Leibinger screws

600.00

  Permanent screws, etc. to hold all the work in place.
Hospital guest room

900.00

  15 days at $60 a night. Still a good deal.
Prescriptions

15.00

  Antibiotics and painkillers (my insurance copayment only)
Travel

0.00

  Did I mention you gotta love frequent flier miles?
Groceries

70.00

  Get soft food! Jell-O cups rule!
Food

    175.00

  Went out to eat with friends a few times.
Fixed costs

17,015.00

  Not as dramatic in my case as forehead, but still made a great difference!
Total costs

18,160.00

   

Dr. Ousterhout normally charges $200.00 for an office consultation.

Dr. Ousterhout requires a 20% deposit due at the time of booking. I would have saved about $1,000 if I had done both sets of bony work at the same time.

Thank heaven we live in a credit drunk society- I charged the whole thing. It was well worth every penny, though. I looked at it as an investment, and the very best always costs more.


Hair transplants

Performed 6/11/97 and 12/9/97 by Douglas Ousterhout, MD, DDS at Davies Med. Ctr., San Francisco

I don't think Dr. Ousterhout plans to do transplants any more, and even if he did, I'm not sure he's the best person to get them from. Someone who performs the procedure more frequently is probably more efficient and less expensive.

The surgical result was acceptable, but both times we did not do as many transplants as I had been sold on.

Item

Cost

-- Comments
Hair grafts

2,600.00

  Performed June 11, 1997. Price was for 400 micrografts.
Refund

-250.00

  Ended up doing 350 instead of 400.
Prescription

23.72

  Antibiotic.
Hotel

220.38

  Stayed at the Metro near Davies. For more on this option, see below.
Rental car

225.00

  This was a waste of money. Only used it a few times.
Scarf

7.00

  Bought this to cover up my turban-style bandage.
Food

     80.00

  Again, went fairly cheap.
Fixed costs

2,373.72

   
Total costs

2,906.10

   
       
Hair grafts

1,900.00

  Performed December 9, 1997. Did 195 grafts.

I was not happy to get out there and find out he planned to do only 200 grafts on the second procedure. I was planning on double that, and I'm not sure it made my trip worthwhile. If I get any more, I'll do them elsewhere.


My costly mistakes

Bad hair transplants

J. B. Pinski, MD, Chicago dermatologist

Item

Cost

-- Comments
Consultation

100.00

  Supposedly refunded with surgery. Also required $1,000.00 deposit.
Blood work

358.75

  I'd just had hormonal bloodwork done, but he wouldn't accept that.
Transplants

2,150.00

  Two honkin' rows of macrografts, each the size of a pencil eraser.
Prescription

27.64

  Vitamin K for controlling bleeding.
Shampoo

20.00

  His receptionist confided that I didn't need this.
Cab from doctor's

    15.00

  Skipped the bus since I had a giant bandage on my head.
Fixed costs:

2,636.39

  Biggest waste of money in my life.
Total costs:

2,671.39

   

Useless consultation

Anthony Geroulis, MD, Chicago plastic surgeon

Consultation         75.00   His scheduler told me on the phone he did bony forehead work. She lied.