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?
How Much Does Tumescent Liposuction Cost?
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Cost of traditional liposuction vs. tumescent liposuction
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.
Cost of Tumescent Lipo vs Traditional Lipo
Tumescent liposuction is usually more expensive than traditional liposuction because of the technique involved. It is using local anesthesia to numb up the areas which is much safer than the old method of using general anesthesia for liposuction. Also, most doctors who do tumescent anesthesia are also using the micro cannulas which are much smaller instruments to suck the fat out. The smaller the instrument, then the smoother the result but the more work it takes for the doctor. Since you are comfortable, you don't mind the extra time involved to suck the fat out through these small cannulas since you know you are going to get a far superior result and that is what everyone wants: Better Results!
Doctors who are stuck in the stone age who still do liposuction under general anesthesia are most likely still using the larger cannulas also, and therefore are giving only so-so results. I like to stand the patients up and sit them up and turn them in different positions during the surgery to be able to fine-tune the results. This is why being awake is so important. When you are lying down on the table asleep, you know your stomach goes flat and shifts to the sides. Under general anesthesia, you can't see what you are doing very well. When they are awake and can assist you, you get better results when you finesse the areas by observing the patient in different positions and you fix the areas right then. This is why it is more expensive for the tumescent technique lipo with micro canulas but it is so worth it.
Cost of Liposuction
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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
Liposuction in the Midwest, US: $2,700-$3,600
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 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.
Costs of tumescent liposuction
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.
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