How Much Does Liposculpture Cost?

What is the average cost of this procedure? How much would Liposculpture on the abdomen, underarms, and jowls cost?

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Prices vary by amount of liposuction and location

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This is a good question.

The cost of liposuction is based on many factors. People come in many shapes and sizes. Likewise, the amount of liposuction and technique will vary among different people.

Factors to consider when evaluating the price of liposuction:

Do you have to be turned over during the surgery? If you want liposuction on your back side and your front side, you will need to be turned during surgery. Just the turning process takes about a half hour in the operating room. This adds considerably to the cost of surgery since you have to pay for the operating room time.

How much volume are you having suctioned?

Liposuction takes time - especially for a surgeon who is careful about technique. Using smaller cannulas leads to smoother results. However, it takes longer to suck the same volume through a small cannula versus a large cannula. So, once again, you are paying for a longer procedure, but receiving superior results.

Which areas are you having suctioned? Just as the back to front adds time and cost to the procedure, different areas require different positioning. This takes time and energy during the procedure and adds to the cost.

Just a word of caution... the best price is not always the best choice when considering cosmetic surgery. Be careful, because you may only get what you pay for.

On average, the operating room costs are about $1500 per hour and the liposuction costs are about $3000 per area. For me the average liposuction case takes between 1 to 3 hours and most people have 1 to 3 areas suctioned.

David Shafer, MD


New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Prices vary a lot depending on size and amount of work required but $7,000 is a good estimate..

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It is rare to be able to quote prices without seeing the patient in person since the fee depends on the size and amount of work needed. Some people are large and can only do 1-2 areas at a time such as the upper and lower abdomen in one surgery. The arms and neck/jowls in a second surgery, etc.

As a rough estimate, I would guess that the abdomen,arms and jowls would run about $7,000 if all done at one surgery. Jowls do great as well as the arms and tummy with liposuction. The Tumescent technique with microcannulas give the best results and is the safest procedure but tend to be a little more expensive and well worth it. If your doc wants to do your liposculpting under general anesthesia, then think twice about it since nobody who specializes in liposculpting does it that way anymore.

Please see at least 3-4 docs for consultations before you make your choice. You will also need to get labs done before your surgery which run about $250-300. Your doc should supply your garments which you will be wearing after the procedure. Otherwise the only additional costs would be your meds afterwards which run about $35-50. The Op room or surgery center fee runs about $750-1500.

Have a great surgery!

David Hansen, MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Compare costs very carefully

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Often it is not the best approach to find the cheapest plastic surgeon. Does the surgeon specialize in this procedure? What are their credentials? How long have they been in practice? What percentage of their practice is cosmetic surgery? How many of these surgeries have they performed? Do they use the latest techniques? What do their results look like? Do they have photos to show of their work? Do they provide follow-up themselves, or will you only see the nurses (or even just an assistant)? Are they available by phone for an emergency or does one of their staff answer after-hour calls? What is the impression you get from their office and staff? Are they professional and informative? Do they know what they are talking about? You need to ask yourself all of these questions.

The prices can vary from state to state, and city to city. We charge for liposuction per area. The abdomen (upper and lower side to side) is one area. The waist (from the ribs to just above the buttocks from side to side around the back) is one area. The thighs (both inner and outer) is one area. Our costs, including the board certified plastic surgeon's fees, board certified anesthesiologist's fees, operating room, labs, garment, vitamins, and follow-up at 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months 6 months, and every year after forever, are listed below. If you need more follow-up appointments, those are free as well. The cost per area does go down as you add more areas:

One area: cost per area around $5000. Two areas: cost per area round $3200. Three areas: cost per area around $2500

When comparing quotes from different doctors, check to make sure that the costs you are quoted are for the same thing! For instance, often the cost per area is quoted as lower, yet the abdomen is comprised of upper and lower, and sometimes even lateral areas (2 to 4 areas for the abdomen, instead we consider the entire abdomen one area) or the thighs are inner and outer (2 areas when we consider the thighs one area). Make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Also check to see what type of anesthesia and facility you are going to be treated in. If the total price is lower but you are not going to receive proper anesthesia from a board certified anesthesiologist, then are you getting a better deal (or inferior treatment)? If the facility is not a certified outpatient surgery center but is an in-office procedure room, is the difference in safety worth the cost reduction? If the doctor is not a board certified plastic surgeon, is that worth the discount in the fees? I would say the answer to all three of these questions is no!

This is your body, make sure you are making decisions based on the quality of care, the experience and training of the doctor, and proven results. Cost alone should not be the deciding factor.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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Pricing varies depending on several factors, such as the surgeon, anaesthetist, surgical facility fee and other factors. In Toronto, Ontario, liposuction varies from $5000-$8000.

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Cost of Lipo varies on doc, areas treated

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Dear Edlab,

 

Great question.  Typically liposculpture physicians price the procedure based on the number of areas treated.  It varies greatly from physician to physician and their level of expertise.  However, this is not a procedure I would skimp on in terms of price.  Check the physician credentials, look at before and after photos, and ask to speak with other patients.  I always offer this to consults.

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Liposculpture Cost

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Typical Orange County, California Liposuction Prices

Liposculpture prices vary greatly because the liposuction used itself encompasses a wide range of techniques that can be performed to different extents. My recommendation is to first find qualified surgeons   that are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery you trust, then compare prices between them. Factors that influence the price include:

Location - Will it be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay, an independent out- patient facility or a doctors office?  Will a board certified anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist be used


Some typical prices for liposculpture in California:
• Abdominal liposuction: ~$5,500
• Abdomen, hips, and love handles: ~$7,000
• Thighs and buttocks: ~$8,000
• Legs: ~$8,000
• Back and armpit areas: ~$5,000

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
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Liposculpture cost.

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The cost of liposculpure depends on several factors. Pricing differs from the area you live in, the surgeon and the amouth of area's you are planning to have worked on. Keep in mind for a procedure like this, you want to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced at liposculture. Best of luck.

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Cost of Liposuction Surgery

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Thank you  for your question.   The cost of surgery depends on many factors such as: the experience of the surgeon, the amount of work needed, where the surgery is performed (in the office or in an outpatient surgery center), what type of anesthesia and who administers it (MD vs. nurse vs. local), etc. I have "ranges" of prices on my website but am hesitant to give pricing without first examining you or at least seeing some photos.  Best Wishes!

 

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
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First, you need a throughout evaluation to determine if Liposculpture is the right procedure for you.  If you are a candidate, our physicians charge approximately $2500/site.  Many patients choose local anesthesia which can be well tolerated in the right patient and be less costly.  This allows the patient to evaluate the results of one site before proceeding with, and paying more money for, the next site.  These options are all discussed in detail at our in depth consultation.  Good luck!

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Price of liposculpture

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There is no 1 price for liposculture  since no 2 procedures are exactly alike. Beware of “price lists” offering cookie cutter surgery.

Cutting costs by cutting corners in liposculpture can result in unfavorable results or possibly serious complications.

After checking a surgeon’s background, training and experience look at before and after photos.  training, ability and interest in providing the very best possible result.

Some physicians charge an additional fee for body garments  and even monitoring after surgery.

Select your plastic surgeon based on the quality of their work, not the price they charge for surgery. The most expensive plastic surgeon is not always the best, but the lowest price is definitely not the best way to choose a plastic surgeon for liposculpture or any other surgical procedure.

Michael Law, MD
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