What is the average cost of this procedure? How much would Liposculpture on the abdomen, underarms, and jowls cost?
How Much Does Liposculpture Cost?
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Prices vary by amount of liposuction and location
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
Prices vary a lot depending on size and amount of work required but $7,000 is a good estimate..
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
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More important than cost is choice of doctor. A board-certified plastic surgeon is well-trained to safely perform both liposculpture as well as other procedures that may be better suited for patients with lose skin, such as a tummy tuck in patients wanting improvement of the abdomen. A board-certified dermatologist is also trained to do liposculpture.
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Price of liposuction
Compare costs very carefully
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.
Cost of Lipo varies on doc, areas treated
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.
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
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.