How Much Does Tumescent Liposuction Cost?

Is tumescent liposuction less expensive than traditional forms of lipo? I would guess so because the cost of anesthesia must be lower... have I assumed correctly?

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Cost of traditional liposuction vs. tumescent liposuction

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Tumescent liposuction is a type of traditional liposuction. "Tumescent" refers to the type of local anesthetic used. This can be done under general anesthesia, sedation, or even wide awake. The tumescent fluid makes it numb.

Traditional liposuction is a term to differentiate a few other types of "non-traditional" liposuction including ultrasound assisted liposuction and laser assisted liposuction.

Generally the cost of tumescent liposuction depends on the areas treated and the type of anesthesia used. In my practice (Utah), tumescent liposuction is always done under sedation or wide awake (depending on the patient). The cost of each area runs from $1200 to $2500. Common areas include the abdomen, upper hips, outer thigh/ buttock, inner thighs, and back.

Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Cost Tumescent Liposuction

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Thanks so much for your question!  Tumescent liposuction is using local anesthetic during liposuction, which can be done with no sedation, light sedation, or under general anesthesia with varying costs.  Pricing on liposuction is typically based on a patient's size and also the number of areas treated.  Hope this of luck!

Joyce C. Chen, MD, MPH, FACS

Cost of Liposuction

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Thank you for your question. According to real self the average cost for liposuction is about $6000. With that said costs will vary significantly based on many factors. How many areas are treated, whether or not you are getting general anesthesia, what type of facility it is being done in all influential final cost. My best advice is that you get what you pay for. Don't be mislead by cheap lipo. Always look to make sure your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the work is being done in an accredited facility. Good luck

John Mancoll, MD
Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

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Tumescent liposuction cost

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The cost of tumescent liposuction depends on the number of areas treated and the cost of anesthesia.  Most cases can be performed in an outpatient setting with local anesthesia. 


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Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Tumescent liposuction cost schemes vary

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Tumescent liposuction is safe an effective for body contouring. Tumescent lipo cost schemes can vary based on patient BMI, number of areas treated and other factors.

Tumescent liposuction

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Tumescent liposuction can be done using just local anesthesia or under general anesthesia.  Typically, there is more cost with general anesthesia. What type of anesthesia used is best discussed between you and your surgeon.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction in the Midwest, US: $2,700-$3,600

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                  It’s often assumed that tumescent liposuction using only local anesthesia is less expensive than traditional liposuction because general anesthesia is not utilized.  In the vast majority of cases, this approach is more expensive because operative times are longer and this represents a significant source of expense.

                  The term tumescent liposuction appears to mean different things to different physicians based on their surgical backgrounds.  The term tumescent means to engorge, and tumescent liposuction involves infusing fluid into the anatomic area that will be undergoing liposuction.  This fluid contains epinephrine, which minimizes bleeding and local anesthetic which helps with post-operative pain relief.  When this approach is utilized the technique can be performed in some cases without general anesthesia.  Many surgeons prefer general anesthesia when they utilize tumescent technique because break through pain can occur when local anesthesia is used alone.

                  Tumescent liposuction costs vary and are dependent upon multiple factors.  These include the surgeon’s fee, facility fee, anesthesia charges and location of the procedure.  Tumescent liposuction and traditional liposuction have similar cost if other variables are constant.

                  In the Midwestern United States, liposuction fees range from $2,700 to $3,600 per anatomic area.  This would typically include the surgeons fee, facility fee, anesthesia charges and after care.

                  Cost is obviously important, but it’s also important to be comfortable with the surgeons experience and qualifications.  Make sure you get your questions answered and are comfortable with your surgeon.

Tumescent Lipo

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Tumescent takes longer than a general and this negates the cost savings.  The cost is similar, but you do not have to recover from general anesthesia, but you may feel a little pain with the procedure.  It is tolerable, but both have pluses and minuses.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Costs of tumescent liposuction

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The cost of tumescent liposuction vary depending on the number of areas that are treated, the amount of time that the procedure will take, and the setting in which the surgery will be done. Your best bet is to be evaluated by a board-certified plastic surgeon with a great deal of experience in liposuction and body contouring surgery surgery. They will be able to determine what areas are best treated for your aesthetic goals, what type of liposuction is necessary, what type of anesthesia they recommend, and the best setting for each receiver surgery. In our practice, patients appreciate receiving a lot of suction to multiple areas at one time as this will save them money and allow for a single recovery process.

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.