What is the range in price for a full body lift, assuming insurance will not cover any part of the surgery?
How Much Does a Body Lift Cost?
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How much does a lower body lift or 360 lift cost?
A lower body lift involves removal of the excess skin of the abdominal area in conjunction with a pubic lift and then removal in continuity of the excess lower back area. This is the "standard" 360 lift or lower body lift that I do but I individualize for each patient and in some do more of one thing compared to other. The cost is approximately $14000. We do try to get my patients insurance to cover this as well as other procedures by sending letters/photos. Unfortunately, this may be a long process and each insurance carrier has their own guidelines but we are definitely a patient advocate. We offer outstanding financing if we are not able to get our patients their coverage and if they don't qualify, even have in house financing. Finally, if our patients are willing to tell their stories to the media, we offer discounts. Please inquire.
Cost of a Body Lift
- Your geographical location
- Surgeon’s experience
- Surgeon’s expertise
- Anesthesiologist’s fee
- Facility fee
- Procedures elected to be performed
Where you live will be a key factor that determines how much your body lift will cost. The price will generally run higher in major metropolitan areas due to the increased cost of overhead. Surgeons with more experience and higher expertise may charge more due to their specialized training. Generally, a body lift typically averages between $4,000 and $14,000. However, this is only a rough estimate and will fluctuate based on the various factors stated above. Lastly, a body lift is a combination of 2 or more body contouring procedures to achieve a sleeker, tighter figure. The price will fluctuate based on what procedures have been elected for the body lift to produce optimal results.
Make SURE you're getting the TOTAL cost!
You are wise to assume that insurance will not cover body lift surgery (see my answer to "When is body lift surgery covered by insurance?"). You should also make sure to compare just what "full body lift" consists of, as this will vary with each patient, the amount and distribution of the loose skin, and the exact details of the planned surgical procedure. Not all "full body lifts" are the same!
Also, make sure your cost quote considers not just the plastic surgeon's fee, but also operating room, anesthesia, garment, and hospital charges (if that is where your surgeon does this surgery.) You may be surprised to know that there are experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons who have extensive capability to do full body lifts as outpatient operations in their accredited office surgical facilities. Some surgeons (those who do not have their own surgical facility) perform this surgery at a hospital. This is certainly fine, and quite common, but is ALWAYS more costly, and exposes you to sick patients and hospital bacteria, as well as a nursing and anesthesia and recovery teams who may not do this procedure on a regular basis. Higher costs and fees are often justified by telling patients that "This is a big or serious operation that should be done in a hospital," implying increased safety or capability.
As you may suspect, I have an accredited office surgical facility (although I maintain full hospital credentials for those patients who require surgery there), and experienced staff who help me perform full body lifts in 5-7 hours as a safe outpatient procedure. My partner and I have done over 250 body lifts over the past 13 years, including removal of as much as 31 pounds of loose skin in one patient. We have performed over 16000 general anesthesia cosmetic operations over the past 23 years without death, heart attack, or stroke. Our body lift fees include surgeon's fee, operating room, anesthesia, garments, free consultation, and all recovery visits, and are around $17000 depending on the exact procedure details and time needed. I have seen hospital bills for exactly the same procedure that can be double that cost, especially when the final hospital bill arrives for the actual cost, not the preop estimate.
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The Cost Of Body Lift Procedures
It's not unusual for patients who experience massive weight loss to require body lift procedures to address redundant hanging skin. The cost of this type of procedure is variable and depends upon several factors. These include the surgeon's fee, facility fees and anesthesia charges. Fees in the Midwestern United States typically range between $7,000 and $11,000.
If you're considering body lift surgery, it's important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing this type of procedure. Although the cost of the procedure is an important consideration, it's not the only consideration. Patients should also consider the surgeon's experience and qualifications. It's absolutely essential that you're able to communicate and have a comfort level with the surgeon who will be performing your surgery.
Cost of a body lift?
BODY LIFT - COST
Good candidates for body lift surgery include:
- Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in multiple body areas
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can achieve
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise.
Cost of a Body Lift
See the below link on suggestions on how to find the most qualified plastic surgeon for your procedure.
General Factors that influence the price of plastic surgery include:
1. Location - Will it be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay, an independent out- patient facility or a doctor’s office? Geographical location also has a significant influence. RealSelf has average charges for most areas of the USA.
2. Type of Anesthesia - IV sedation or General Anesthesia? Will a board certified anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, or an RN be used?
3. Experience and training of your surgeon. The best and longest trained is most often a plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
4. Length and Complexity of Surgery - how difficult will your surgery be and how long it will take, etc. Will other complementary procedures also be also performed during the same surgery?
How Much Does a Body Lift Cost?
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Dr Rodger Shortt
Plastic Surgeon Oakville
Ass't Clin Professor
Director of Cosmetic Surgery Training,
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