The cost of liposuction varies greatly. Different doctors and clinics charge different rates, and there may be differences in cost depending upon where you live (or where the surgery is performed).
Where Do The Costs Come From?
Apart from the surgery cost itself, there may be other expenses as well. The cost can include the fee for the surgeon, the anesthesiologist’s fee and the facility (clinic) fee. In some places the fees are calculated separately, and in others they are bundled together in a package.
There are also huge differences in cost depending on the body part (or parts) receiving the treatment. If the liposuction is being performed on a small area of the body such as the chin or neck, or the upper arms, it will be less expensive than if it’s being performed on a large area, such as the hips, thighs and trunk area. The more extensive the surgery, the more time it will take, and therefore the higher the costs will be.
What is a Typical Fee for Liposuction?
A typical fee may range from $2500 to $3000 or so for a small area (chin or neck), up to more than $10,000 for large areas of the body. If multiple areas of the body are being treated at the same time, again it will be more expensive.
The cost of liposuction will also vary depending upon the type of liposuction being performed, whether the traditional tumescent liposuction method, or a more recently developed method such as laser lipolysis is utilized.
Cheaper is not Necessarily Better
Naturally, you should not choose a liposuction physician simply because he or she charges substantially lower than other physicians in the area. Ask yourself why they are charging less for the procedure. When it comes to your body and your health, the cheapest option is definitely not the best. This is not to say you should choose the most expensive surgeon either. You may wish to visit several different qualified liposuction physicians to find the one you are most comfortable and confident with. Ensure the liposuction physician is fully trained and certified to perform the procedure, and can show you before and after pictures of his or her previous patients.
The size of the patient receiving the liposuction may also be a factor in the costs. An individual who is substantially overweight may end up paying a lot more than a person who only requires the removal of a few pounds of fat.
Patients who have previously undergone liposuction can find subsequent liposuction more expensive, as it can be difficult to perform liposuction on the same areas more than once due to the formation of scar tissue. This may be less prevalent in people who have undergone more modern and less invasive forms of liposuction in the past.
After Care Costs
Don’t forget that there may be other associated costs with liposuction surgery, such as after care costs. You may need to undertake a course of antibiotics, or buy special pressure garments to be worn over the treated body parts for a while after the procedure.