The Cost of Liposuction


The overall cost of liposuction varies depending on different variables. Factors that affect the cost include the surgeon, the number of body areas to be treated and the amount of fat to be removed from each area, and anesthesiology costs, pre- and post-operative tests and medications. The cost of liposuction can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on these variables.

The main cost of a liposuction procedure is going to be the surgeon’s fee. The fee, which is paid out-of-pocket, will vary with the surgeon’s credentials, experience, and expertise with the procedure. The fee could range between $1,200 to $4,000 or more depending on the size and number of the treated body areas. This cost is usually bundled with the fees of the anesthesiologist, surgical room/facility, and the operative staff. However, you should clearly set payment expectations before the procedure to determine if there will be any additional costs beyond the surgeon’s fee.

In general, if you opt for liposuction in multiple sites at once (during one operative procedure) rather than split over multiple times, the cost of the procedure will decrease. This stands to reason because it is much easier to treat more than one area at a time than to treat just the first area. There is a saving in terms of anesthesia fees when multiple procedures are combined into one surgical experience. This also means one preparation and one recovery which is sometimes more important than money when you consider days missed from work. The liposuction cost also depends on the area of the body that is sculpted. It may take more time and energy to remove fat from one part of the body as compared to another. If the area requires a lot of time to perform it could raise the overall cost. The delicateness of the tissue to be treated matters as well. While belly fat can be removed with relative gusto, liposuction around joints and sensitive places require increased skill, effort, and, ultimately, cost. Operative risk is something to be considered as well. If your case is a bit riskier than most, just like a driver with many accidents pays higher car insurance premiums, you may be asked to cover additional costs. From the surgeon’s perspective increased surgical risk translates into an increased overall complication rate (which reduces his ability to charge premium prices) and opens him up to malpractice lawsuits and increased premiums. If the operative risk is high enough, most surgeons will refuse to operate altogether.

Medical insurance is not available for elective surgeries/ procedures such as liposuction in most countries. If the liposuction procedure is being performed in conjunction with an operation that is medically indicated, it may be covered by health insurance. The safest approach is to assume that the cost will be entirely out-of-pocket and plan accordingly. You can try to seek reimbursement by your insurer, but do not be surprised if it is denied. Virtually all cosmetic and aesthetic surgeries are considered a luxury and not a medical need and are therefore treated like any non-essential procedure by health insurance companies.

What Influences the Cost of Liposuction?

Liposuction procedures result in the removal of fatty pockets just below the skin. While under general anesthesia, a wand is extended under the skin to the areas of excess fat. The end of the wand vibrates at an ultra-high frequency and essentially liquefies any fat cells with which it comes into contact. Once the fat is made into a liquid slurry, it is drawn by means of a vacuum out of the body. Common areas for liposuction are the waist, arms, inner and outer thighs, upper legs and butt. This procedure contours your body and helps you get rid of extra fat that is difficult to remove with diet, exercise, and muscle toning.

If you are considering liposuction, one of the first things that you might consider is the cost of the procedure. Since this type of procedure is not covered by health insurance in the United States and in many other countries, knowledge about the various costs that are involved is a key part of your decision. The cost of a liposuction procedure depends on various factors but the bulk of the cost is going to be paid to the person who will actually be performing the procedure, i.e. the surgeon. Another cost determining factor is the amount of fat that is to be removed by the surgeon and from which area; the more areas you desire to be treated the higher will be the cost. Specialists also advise having the liposuction procedure performed as early as possible, i.e. before fat deposition becomes too great. Not only will this approach keep the cost of the procedure lower, but it will shorten the procedure and recovery time.

The costs of liposuction in countries like the US, UK, and Australia begin at about $3,000. Many people are opting to travel overseas for cosmetic surgery procedures because of lower liposuction costs and the anonymity of getting the procedure done while “on vacation.” When looking for a cosmetic surgeon overseas, do a thorough search of their credentials, number of procedures that they have performed, patient testimonials, as well as complication rates.

Trying to minimize cost by skimping on quality is foolish when it comes to liposuction and other cosmetic procedures. Before going for the lower-priced liposuction procedure, keep in mind that you don’t have to compromise on the quality. You may find a cheap liposuction offer, but might not be satisfied with the end results that may require revision. While liposuction is a relatively safe procedure, it needs to be performed by trained and skilled providers to minimize the risk of dangerous complications.

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