What typically determines the price quote for lipo? Typically I see a base price and then it goes up or down depending on what?

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Our liposuction costs depend on the amount of work that is expected

Lipo is a procedure.  How much of it is required varies from person to person.  So there is no 'one fee' for liposuction.  In our clinic I assess all patients and then determine the cost based on how many areas are being treated, how much is being taken out.... all this really represents how much time the procedure will take.  A shorter procedure is cheaper, a longer procedure is more expensive.

The other factor is the complexity of the procedure.  Some are simple liposuctions, others may require finesse which means going slowly and carefully, again adding to the overall time of the procedure.


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 425 reviews

Liposuction - how is it priced?

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.

  • Liposuction costs are determined by every surgeon - there is no one approach
  • The price will vary depending on how many areas are treated, how much time is involved, what machine is used, what anesthesia is used and if position changes, e.g. from back to front, are needed.
  • Additional costs may be involved for liposuction in certain areas e.g. the neck, for instance.
  • You cannot know how much your liposuction will cost until you are personally examined by your surgeon.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Liposuction, VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring - PRICE

Liposuction costs depends on experience, technique used/devices used, location of the country, number or areas, starting size etc.  There is a lot that goes into the pricing including anesthesia and OR costs.  Please see an expert.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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What typically determines the price quote for lipo?

Price may depend on time needed, anesthesia, number and size of areas treated, type of lipo used, and surgeon experience. 

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I appreciate your question.

Cost varies by geographic location, surgeon expertise, OR time, anesthesia, length of procedure etc.  I would recommend that you see a board certified plastic surgeon in your area who specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery and who is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgery.  You can call their offices in advance and ask for quotes prior to scheduling consultations.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

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