An Unexpected Use for Tax Refunds: Facial Plastic Surgery

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Offers Advice on Unconventional Investment

Alexandria, VA, April 23, 2012 – All over the country, Americans are dutifully watching their mail with anticipation.  This can only mean one thing—it’s tax refund time!  According to a recent survey, one in three Americans will spend all or part of their tax refund this year, and just over 13% will spend their refunds on a major purchase.2  But just how will they spend their newfound money? While some may choose to use their tax refund towards a wardrobe addition and others may get the latest electronic device, facial plastic surgery is another option that is growing in popularity.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has experts available to discuss a variety of affordable treatments, including both surgical and non-invasive procedures.

“Choosing to use a tax refund check towards a facial procedure may seem unconventional, but it truly is a great use of this found money,” said Tom D. Wang, M.D., President of the AAFPRS.  “This is an investment which will help patients see a continuous return, including boosted confidence and a refreshed appearance.”

As the cost of facial plastic surgery continues to decline, patients will find that their tax refund may allow for more options than previously thought.  The average tax refund in 2011 was $2,913,3, which gives patients the option to seek limited surgery, or to invest as a partial payment for treatments.

According to the results of the 2011 AAFPRS Annual Member Survey, procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and Botox (a neuromodulator) each are under $400 on average, while facelifts can average just over $7,000.

“With a tax refund check, patients can see rapid results with procedures such as Botox injections, or they may be interested in having surgery– such as a facelift–to see even more improvement,” added Wang.  “Based on the patient’s preference, their doctor can assess what procedure may be most appropriate.”

Find the Right Surgeon
The AAFPRS reminds patients and professionals that when considering a facial procedure to first seek surgeons who are qualified, trained and experienced in performing those procedures and ensure that patients trust their face to a facial plastic surgeon. The AAFPRS web site offers a searchable member directory, which can help you find an AAFPRS facial plastic surgeon near you. For more information, visit

About the AAFPRS
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in any area by visiting the AAFPRS web site,