Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that alters the shape of the body by removing areas of unwanted fat. It is an outpatient procedure that is generally performed by a cosmetic surgeon. When a person considers having liposuction, questions and concerns regarding the potential expense are often some of the first things that come to mind. While there are other important factors to consider, the cost can be prohibitive for some. As an elective cosmetic procedure, liposuction is not covered by insurance companies and potential patients will need to cover their costs out-of-pocket. Unfortunately, there is no single answer that can accurately convey how much the procedure will cost as there are a number of contributing factors.
Surgeon fees are included in the cost of liposuction and vary from one surgeon to the next. Part of the reason for the differences in fees has to do with the experience and training of the surgeon. For example, a cosmetic surgeon that is Board Certified will typically charge more than one who is not. An experienced surgeon that is well known and has an exceptional track record will be able to command higher prices because he will be in greater demand. In contrast, a new surgeon may have lower fees until he has established himself.
Type of Liposuction
There are several different types of liposuction that must be taken into consideration when determining what the potential cost may be. In place of traditional liposuction, a patient may consider having ultrasound assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction or water-assisted liposuction. The cost of the surgery will depend on the type of liposuction that is chosen and the additional equipment and training that is necessary to perform the procedure. For example, if a patient and surgeon decide on laser-assisted liposuction it will be more expensive than traditional liposuction. That is because the procedure will require the use of a laser while traditional liposuction does not.
Size and Gender
The size and gender of a patient also plays a part in determining the cost of the surgery. People who are larger, or have a large amount of fat that requires removal, can expect to pay more than a person who is smaller or has a small amount of fat that needs to be removed. If the patient is a male, he will pay more for the procedure than a woman who is having liposuction. The primary reason for this is because men have more fibrous fat tissue than women. This makes the removal process longer and more difficult for the surgeon. Size and location are also a factor in the higher expense for men. Men are typically larger than most women and tend to want fat removed from areas of the body that are generally more expensive.
Areas on the Body
The cost of the procedure will also depend on what part of the body it is being performed on. Certain areas like the abdomen may be more expensive than other areas, such as the upper arm or buttocks. For example, liposuction of the upper and lower abdomen can cost approximately $3,000 to $7,500. On the other hand, liposuction of the buttocks may be as low as $1,500 to $4,500. The cost is also dependent on how many of these areas are being operated on, the number of necessary surgeries to completely remove the unwanted fat, and the amount of fat that must be removed.
In addition to the surgeon fees, there are several other fees and costs that will affect the total amount of the surgery. Anesthesiologist fees will factor into the cost, as will facility or operating room fees. A person that is contemplating surgery must also take into account the cost of tests, compression and other postoperative garments, and any medications that will need to be taken.
Location of the surgery
Liposuction may be more expensive depending on the actual geographical location. The cost of liposuction can be higher or lower depending on where the patient is having the surgery performed. In addition to the location, the type of facility also contributes to the overall cost of the procedure. Plastic surgery that is done in a hospital will typically be more expensive than one that is performed at a surgical suite, in-office. In some cases, an overnight hospital stay may be necessary and will increase the overall expense of the procedure.
When people consider liposuction as a means of removing fat and reshaping their figures, they must be ready to cover all of the financial aspects associated with the procedure. Knowing the contributing factors that affect the final cost will help them to understand why certain surgeons are more or less expensive than others. For many, cost plays a major role in both the decision to have liposuction, and in who should perform the procedure. It should not however, be the deciding factor for either.