How Are Liposuction Prices Determined?

What factors go into the price of liposuction?

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Liposuction Cost Factors

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The cost of liposuction would be about $2000-$8000. The following factors are considered, amongst others:

the areas targeted
the liposuction technique (laser, ultrasound, etc.)
anesthetist fees
surgical facility fees
surgeon fees

This range is what you'd find in Toronto, Ontario, where I am located. They may be quite different in your city.

For a better idea of pricing, please check out the websites of your preferred surgeon or call around in your city. Having said that however, it's always best to find a surgeon you are comfortable with and trust instead of picking one based on how much they charge.  

The cost of liposuction

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There are several factors that determine the cost of liposuction. The areas to be liposuctioned, the amount of time needed to complete the procedure, the type of anesthesia needed, and the facility fee will all determine the fee.  Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to determine an exact quote based on your specific needs. Best of luck!

Christine Sullivan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Liposuction Costs

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Hi Eva, The cost of a liposuction would typically depend on the number of areas to be treated, duration of the surgery, type of anaesthesia, the area of practice (downtown/suburb, state, country), type of liposuction (SAL,PAL,Vibro, VASER, etc.), & the experience of the operating surgeon.

Remember, costs are secondary, the most important thing would be to look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who you are comfortable with, to do the procedure for you.

Determination of liposuction prices

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Often the amount of time spent in the O.R. determines the price.  This may translate into how many areas of liposuction you are doing, (time for each area to be completed).  Liposuction prices will vary from city to city and surgeon to surgeon.  There are many variables in price.  Often these variables are not in the control of the surgeon, (O.R. fee, anesthesia fee, supplies, etc).  Beware of bargain basement pricing.  Cheap can become expensive quickly.  Best to see a board certified plastic surgeon.  Together you should be able to find a plan that is safe and effective.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

A good result is priceless

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With liposuction, the price is determined by the following variables. What areas do you want treated? How much needs to be removed from each area? What techniques will be required to deliver an optimal result? Who will be doing the procedure (an internist, a gynecologist, or a real plastic surgeon)? Where will the procedure be performed (in an accredited facility or in a back office)?

When it comes to liposuction, there are many options available. You may have heard of traditional tumescent Liposuction, Laser Lipo, Smart Lipo, Slim Lipo, UAL, VASER, VASER Hi Def, VASER Super Def UAL, etc.

Currently, the best option to get the most fat removal and the greatest tightening of skin is with VASER Super Def UAL.

The biggest mistake that patients make is to rely on price as the main criteria for selecting their doctor. This can be a recipe for disaster.

Never make a decision about your procedure based on price alone. Always remember that plastic surgery is a service, not a product. Procedures by the same name can yield completely different results. Furthermore, a less qualified doctor may be more inclined to do a procedure for a lower fee.

Good luck with your procedure.

A. Peter Salas, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Typically charged per area

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There are many ways fees for liposuction are determined. The typically manner is by site. However, some use time as well or combination of time and site. The cost also includes facility and if you need anaesthesia or not. Typically if you need a small area treated, it can be done under local and the cost is low. If you need two to three areas treated and the time is over two hours, then you will require anaesthesia and the cost can go up considerably. Discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon which areas you are concerned about will have the most dramatic result and then consider the cost to decide which areas to treat. Good luck.

Bahram Ghaderi, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

No one answer to that question

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Like any service that is provided, liposuction prices are determined by many factors:

1. how many areas are treated

2. how long the procedure takes

3. where the surgery is performed (hospital, office surgery center, outpatient surgery center)

4. surgeon experience

5. location of the country (reflects salaries for staff, rent, cost of doing business)

Cheaper is not necessarily better, as there is strong competition and many practitioners may have learned their liposuction skills in a weekend course. Experience counts. I have witnessed doctors learn liposuction one year and by the next year they brag that they "are teaching other doctors" how to do it.

Find out how long your doctor has been doing liposuction and how they learned it. Protect yourself. Look for certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Liposuction price

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A number of factors determine price:

  1. Where you live.  Costs vary in different cities.
  2. The amount of work that needs to be done.
  3. The type of anesthesia
  4. Facility fee
  5. Cost of post-op garment
  6. Additional charges for use of special equipment like Vaser

Edmond A. Zingaro, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

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