I am wondering what the average cost and recovery time is for back fat liposuction.

While I've gained 30 pounds in the last 2 years (145 lbs right now), and that hasn't helped the back rolls, even when I was 116 lbs, eating healthy and working out regularly, the back fat just never dies. I can fix the extra tummy and hip pooch, since I've always been able to, but the back fat refuses to go anywhere. I'm frustrated at not being able to wear any sort of fitted shirt since it just showcases them. :(

Doctor Answers 9

Liposculpture / Liposuction/ Hi Definition procedures

I appreciate your question.

Cost varies by geographic location, surgeon expertise, OR time, anesthesia, length of procedure etc. I would recommend that you go to The American Society of Plastic Surgery website and look for a list of board certified plastic surgeons in your area. You can call their offices in advance and ask for quotes prior to scheduling consultations.

I would allow yourself 14 days recovery time.  Some people go back to work a few days following the procedure.  It all varies from patient to patient and extent of surgery performed.

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
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Compare costs very carefully

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 $5995.  Two areas: cost per area around $3498.  Three areas: cost per area around $2665. 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.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 136 reviews

I am wondering what the average cost and recovery time is for back fat liposuction.

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 418 reviews

Dr. Felipe Amaya recommendation

R/ I've seen your picture and you can remove those rolls on your back, however, is necessary to see your photos front and side to determine the most appropriate procedure for you. 

Felipe Amaya, MD
Colombia Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Laser Lipo and Liposuction

Based on your photos you should consider Laser Lipo and not just liposuction of your back. This would reduce the fat while tightening the skin. Laser Liposuction (ProLipo or SmartLipo) would improve the contour of your back by removing the fat and tightening skin.

The cost of laser liposuction ranges from $4,500 to $20,000 depending on the extent of liposuction and the number of areas of liposuction performed. All liposuction cases are performed in 23 hour, Medicare Certified ambulatory surgery center under general anesthesia.
You should consider having a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon prior to having this or any other cosmetic surgery.

Robert G. Aycock, MD, FACS
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Back lipo

Thank you for your question and photo.  It appears that you would benefit a great deal from liposuction of the back.  Keep in mind that removal of fat can result in lax skin that will need to be surgically removed.  The price for the procedure varies from surgeon to surgeon, so be sure that you are seen in person by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is an expert in the procedure.

All the best,

Dr. Results
Miami, FL

Jose M. Soler-Baillo, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 92 reviews

Lipo of the back

Your back can be liposuctioned for approximately 5K; you may want to consider transferring the fat into your buttocks region, i.e. brzailian buttocks lift. Please see examples below

Arian Mowlavi, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Back liposuction

Liposuction is a great idea to improve the contour of your body. Most surgeons will recommend that you maintain a steady near-goal weight in order to get the best and long lasting results. If you have significant excess skin, you may need additional surgery to remove skin which liposuction alone cannot do. 

The average cost for liposuction can vary considerably depending on the amount and areas of fat removed, surgical technique, and geographic location of your surgeon, amongst other things. It is important to find a plastic surgeon you can trust and communicate your goals with to build a beneficial relationship.

Johnson C. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

VASER Hi Definition Liposuction

The back can be treated well with VASER which gives the most skin tightening and fat reduction.  I suggest you see an expert for a formal consultation. Prices vary by expertise, location and techniques.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

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