08 January 2009

Prices for liposuction can vary widely. A surgeon’s cost for liposuction may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic office location.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.
DollarCost may include :
  • Surgeon’s fee Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests
Factors That Determine Cost
  • The size of the patient
  • Amount of time and effort required of the surgeon
  • Cost of anesthesiologist's services
  • Operating room
  • Preoperative laboratory fees
  • Other related expenses, such as elastic compression garments, etc
  • experience of the surgeon
  • geographic location of the surgeon
An expert liposuction surgeon who has done thousands of liposuction procedures, who consistently achieves outstanding results, and who is in great demand, will often charge more than a less experienced surgeon. Surgeons who are not busy may offer discounts, or entice prospective patients by offering free consultation. Surgeon's who have had unhappy patients and who do not have a good reputation might also lower prices in order to attract new patients. In geographic areas where rents and labor costs are high, one can expect higher fees for liposuction.

Expected Time and Effort
The expected time and effort that is required to accomplish a liposuction surgery is the most important factor in determining the cost of liposuction. Factors that typically affect the surgeon's time and effort include :
  • Number of areas being treated
  • Size of the patient
  • Anticipated degree of difficulty
Thus, cost of liposuction of the abdomen alone is less than the cost of doing liposuction on both the abdomen as well as the inner thighs and knees. Similarly the cost for abdominal liposuction on a patient who weighs 80 kilograms (176 pounds) might be more than the cost for liposuction of the abdomen of a patients who has never weighed more than 60 kilograms (132 pounds). The cost of liposuction can vary greatly depending on the type you chose, the area(s) of the body you want to target, and your surgeon. Procedures such as tumescent liposuction can be more costly due to its use of new technology. Generally, liposuction procedures run anywhere from $1,500 to $7,500, your total cost depending on the number of treatments you undergo. Except in very rare cases, liposuction is not covered by insurance, and must be paid in full by the patient. There are many financing options available for plastic surgery through national credit companies such as CareCredit®, Capital One® Healthcare Finance, or Unicorn® Financial.

Lowest Price Can Be Most Expensive
Choosing a surgeon based on the lowest price might ultimately be the most expensive choice if the initial cosmetic results are so bad that another surgeon must be paid to repair the work of the first surgeon. Among the most common undesirable outcomes of liposuction are :
  • incomplete liposuction with very little evidence that liposuction was actually done
  • excessive liposuction producing an unnatural or disfigured appearance
  • irregular and uneven results with unsightly depressions in the skin, and
  • large scars that reveal that the patient has had liposuction. Caveat emptor (Buyer beware)
How to Use Fee Table (Below)
The total cost for a surgery is the sum of the non-surgical fee plus one or more surgical fees. The non-surgical include the cost of the operating room, nursing staff, pre-operative laboratory tests, post-operative garments and supplies. The surgical fees represent the cost for surgery of each individual area. For example, the total cost for liposuction of the hips, outer thighs and buttocks might be the sum of the surgical fees for hips ($2400), outer thighs ($3000), and buttok ($1800), plus non-surgical fee ($1600), which equals $8,800.

The following table is merely a rough estimate of the possible fees.
Table of Approximate Surgical Fees in the United States of America
Body AreaApproximate Lower End of Range of Surgical Fee ($)Approximate Upper End Range of Surgical Fee ($)
Abdomen, upper & lower
3,000
7,500
Abdomen, lower
2,000
2,000
Arms
1,500
5,000
Back, female
1,500
4,000
Breasts, female
3,000
7,500
Breasts, male
3,000
5,000
Buttocks
1,500
4,500
Chin, Cheeks, Jowls, Neck
2,000
4,500
Flanks, male
2,000
5,000
Anterior Thighs & Knees
2,000
5,000
Inner (Thighs & Knees)
2,000
5,000
Hips/Waist
1,600
5,000
Outer Thighs
1,600
5,000
(Total fee = All Surgical Fees + Non-Surgical Fee). If an anesthesiologist is required, then an additional fee must be anticipated.

Written Estimate
Written estimate of total cost for the liposuction surgery is essential. Beware of any surgeon who is not completely candid, open and honest about all of the associated fees.

Financing and Loans
Financing and loans for cosmetic surgery are available through private finance companies. Often, one can also pay for liposuction surgery using a credit card. Liposuction is generally regarded as a luxury and thus going into debt to have liposuction requires careful consideration.

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