What is the average cost of this procedure? How much would Liposculpture on the abdomen, underarms, and jowls cost?
How Much Does Liposculpture Cost?
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Prices vary by amount of liposuction and location
This is a good question.
The cost of liposuction is based on many factors. People come in many shapes and sizes. Likewise, the amount of liposuction and technique will vary among different people.
Factors to consider when evaluating the price of liposuction:
Do you have to be turned over during the surgery? If you want liposuction on your back side and your front side, you will need to be turned during surgery. Just the turning process takes about a half hour in the operating room. This adds considerably to the cost of surgery since you have to pay for the operating room time.
How much volume are you having suctioned?
Liposuction takes time - especially for a surgeon who is careful about technique. Using smaller cannulas leads to smoother results. However, it takes longer to suck the same volume through a small cannula versus a large cannula. So, once again, you are paying for a longer procedure, but receiving superior results.
Which areas are you having suctioned? Just as the back to front adds time and cost to the procedure, different areas require different positioning. This takes time and energy during the procedure and adds to the cost.
Just a word of caution... the best price is not always the best choice when considering cosmetic surgery. Be careful, because you may only get what you pay for.
On average, the operating room costs are about $1500 per hour and the liposuction costs are about $3000 per area. For me the average liposuction case takes between 1 to 3 hours and most people have 1 to 3 areas suctioned.
David Shafer, MD
How Much Does Liposculpture Cost?
More important than cost is choice of doctor. A board-certified plastic surgeon is well-trained to safely perform both liposculpture as well as other procedures that may be better suited for patients with lose skin, such as a tummy tuck in patients wanting improvement of the abdomen. A board-certified dermatologist is also trained to do liposculpture.
To find out more about liposculpture, also known as liposuction, click on the link below.
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Compare costs very carefully
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.
Cost of Lipo varies on doc, areas treated
Great question. Typically liposculpture physicians price the procedure based on the number of areas treated. It varies greatly from physician to physician and their level of expertise. However, this is not a procedure I would skimp on in terms of price. Check the physician credentials, look at before and after photos, and ask to speak with other patients. I always offer this to consults.
Typical Orange County, California Liposuction Prices
Liposculpture prices vary greatly because the liposuction used itself encompasses a wide range of techniques that can be performed to different extents. My recommendation is to first find qualified surgeons that are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery you trust, then compare prices between them. Factors that influence the price include:
Location - Will it be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay, an independent out- patient facility or a doctors office? Will a board certified anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist be used
Some typical prices for liposculpture in California:
• Abdominal liposuction: ~$5,500
• Abdomen, hips, and love handles: ~$7,000
• Thighs and buttocks: ~$8,000
• Legs: ~$8,000
• Back and armpit areas: ~$5,000
The cost of liposculpure depends on several factors. Pricing differs from the area you live in, the surgeon and the amouth of area's you are planning to have worked on. Keep in mind for a procedure like this, you want to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced at liposculture. Best of luck.
Cost of Liposuction Surgery
Thank you for your question. The cost of surgery depends on many factors such as: the experience of the surgeon, the amount of work needed, where the surgery is performed (in the office or in an outpatient surgery center), what type of anesthesia and who administers it (MD vs. nurse vs. local), etc. I have "ranges" of prices on my website but am hesitant to give pricing without first examining you or at least seeing some photos. Best Wishes!
First, you need a throughout evaluation to determine if Liposculpture is the right procedure for you. If you are a candidate, our physicians charge approximately $2500/site. Many patients choose local anesthesia which can be well tolerated in the right patient and be less costly. This allows the patient to evaluate the results of one site before proceeding with, and paying more money for, the next site. These options are all discussed in detail at our in depth consultation. Good luck!