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How Much Does Liposuction Cost? Do you get discounts for the lipo price if you get lipo on multiple areas?

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California Liposculpting Estimates

As you may have guessed, liposuction fees vary a lot and rarely will you get a quote over the phone because so many variables are involved. It depends on the size of the area and the amount of anticipated work to do the job as well as the technique involved. The tumescent technique with micro canulas give by far the best results and are worth the extra cost of the procedure.

Many physicians have not kept up with all the latest improvements happening with liposuction. Twenty years ago we all did liposuction under general anesthesia with bigger canulas which required making incisions and left more waviness and dimpling with saggy skin. None of that is done anymore by those who specialize in the procedure. If your doc uses general anesthesia or makes incisions which requires suturing, then that tells you that he is doing the old traditional liposuction with the bigger canulas. The procedure is safer with you awake and comfortable. You just get up and walk out after the procedure. There are no incisions either, only needle sticks now so no big scars anymore. Recovery is quicker and easier and you are back to work in 2 days or less and your skin actually tightens or shrinks.

Here are some estimates:

Neck / jawline liposuction $2500; Abdomen-upper and lower $5000-6000; Abdomen with hips and sides $6000-7000; Abdomen with love handles $5000-6000; Inner and outer thighs, knees and buttocks $6000-7000; inner and outer thighs, lower buttocks, knees, calves and ankles $7000-8000; Midback ,axillae(armpit areas), arms $5000-5500; ADD $750-1000 for operating room fee/ surgery ; There is NO anesthesia fee required. We want you to have a good experience during your procedure.

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Liposuction prices are different for different surgeons

Unfortunately cost is one of those things that is all over the board.

  • First, depending on where you live determines what the market will bear - NY is more expensive than Omaha.
  • Next the cost of the facility where it is done differs.
  • Age and experience of the surgeon may be a factor.
  • Next, area vs time.
  • Finally, the most important, surgeon ego plays a big roll.

For example, for me, liposuction of the abdomen, at a hospital, would run approximately $3800-$4100. For others this might be double that.

High price does not mean a good surgeon or good surgery. Also, if it's a low price is it a factory? Wouldn't you rather have a hand-made Bentley rather than a assembly line Fiat? Be sure it's a Board Certified PLASTIC Surgeon! I've seen some horrible things from ob/gyns.

Cost Of Liposuction

There are two main variables in cost for liposuction. The first is location on your body and the second is location of the procedure. Difficult areas to treat well, such as the chin, arms and inner thigh can cost a few thousand dollars for a relatively small amount of fat.  Whereas large fairly forgiving areas such as the abdomen and back can be the same cost for fairly high volumes of liposuction.
The second factor in cost is where you have the surgery performed. Liposuction seems to have attracted a host of poorly qualified non-plastic surgeons who advertise as cosmetic surgeons. To get your attention they often offer lower prices and specials that seem too good to be true.
In our relatively small city there are dermatologists, an anesthesiologist and a doctor who did not even finish training who call themselves liposuction experts with really exceptionally minimal training. 
Be careful to not allow cost to be the most important factor in an irreversible and life changing surgery such as liposuction.  See a few board certified plastic surgeons and make your decision based on trust and qualifications.
Dr. Pyle

Jeremy Pyle, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Cost of Lipo

Liposuction costs vary from provider to provider.  Some charge based on number of areas, while others treat based on time to do the surgery.  As you can imagine, the amount of work involved on someone 180 pounds is different from someone 110 pounds for the same body area.

I recommend you call a few practices and see what works for you.  Remember, price should be secondary to safety and quality.  A good deal is only a good deal if you like the result.

We offer Changes Rapid Lipo performed under local anesthesia to speed the procedure and lessen the cost to the patient.

Gilbert Lee, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

The Skinny on Lipo Cost

The average cost for one area should range from about $4000 to $6000 depending on the size of the area, anesthesia, where you live, expertise of the surgeon etc.

What is "an area?" Abdomen (meaning the entire abdomen from over the rib-cage to the pelvic region), Waist (Love Handles or Flanks), Outer Thigh (both), Inner Thigh (both), Upper Arms (both), Neck/Jawline etc.

Generally cost decreases when more than one are is treated at a time. For example, First area may be $4400, second area $2250, third area $1500.

I have seen crazy pricing structures - where the practice will say "$999" per area - when they are dividing the abdomen up into 3 separate areas. In my opinion, the entire abdomen should be done as one unit unless there are real extenuating circomstances.

You shouldn't look for the cheapest deal for liposuction. The cost will mirror the experience and expertise of the surgeon. You should look for a doctor with significant experience and training. They should also have a good stable team of nurses with experience, good before and after images, and previous patients that you can call.



Jennifer Reichel, MD
Seattle Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Cost of Liposuction

The cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas involved. The more areas that require surgery, the higher the cost. 

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, the basic fee for liposuction is $5900. Each additional area is $1000 more. So for example liposuction of the tummy and both hips would cost $6900. Make sure your quoted fee includes the surgical fee, anesthesia fee, surgical facility fee and all follow up. 

Liposuction and Cost

The cost of liposuction surgery is usually dependent on several factors: the surgeon's fee, the operating room, the anesthesia, and the number of areas being treated. The cost of liposuction also varies from city to city. Though the price is very important in a patient's decision to have surgery, it is always important to find the right surgeon for you. If you look hard enough, you can always find cheap surgery. However, that may not be the right choice.

T.Y. Steven Ip, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Cost of liposuction

The cost of liposuction depends on the part of the body to be treated, how large an area is to be liposuctioned, the technique used and where the procedure is performed. The best results are obtained with the tumescent technique, the gold standard for liposuction. This technique can be safely performed in the office without sedation or anesthesia.  The fees for an office facility are lower than the facility fee for a hospital or surgery center. The cost of local anesthesia is lower than the cost of involving an anesthesiologist for sedation. Recovery is also quicker after the tumescent technique leading to fewer days off work and less loss of income. Keeping all of these factors in mind, you'll get a better value for the net cost, with the tumescent technique of liposuction. The tumescent technique was invented by a dermatologic surgeon. Dermatologic surgeons performing liposuction as noted above are the leaders in the tumescent technique as an office procedure. I hope this helps in making your decision. 

Liposuction Cost

Fees for a liposuction procedure are highly variable and typically depend on a combination of factors, such as, facility location, board certified surgeon expertise and experience, number of areas to be treated, and technique employed.  In my practice, liposuction fees typically begin around $4,750 and can go up from there, depending upon what is discussed and elected at the time of a patient's consultation appointment.  Liposuction "bundles" are very common throughout the country as well, since multiple liposuction areas are generally offered at slightly discounted rates for patients.  

I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in a liposuction procedure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.  Keep in mind that the cheapest deal for liposuction is sometimes more costly in the long run, as price will often reflect the experience of that particular plastic surgeon.  Good luck!

Liposuction Cost in Hawaii

Liposuction costs are usually determined by the size and number of areas involved; essentially based on how much time it will take. It's generally not worth it to pay extra for gimmicks that claim to be 'smarter' or use lasers or ultrsound. Traditional Tumescent techniques by an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will work best for most patients. Pain is usually minimal and while recovery time varies from a few days to a few weeks.

Kevin Dieffenbach, MD
Oahu Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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