What does Liposuction Cost?
Liposuction has continued to be a widely utilised choice for removing excess fatty tissue, with several hundred thousand individuals undergoing the procedure each year. This includes individuals who have been unable to remove stubborn areas of fat despite exercise and nutrition plans, as well as those who have undergone dramatic weight loss following bariatric surgery and are looking to take a final step.
Before proceeding, it’s important that you understand how much liposuction costs, so you are not caught off guard by any numbers or figures at some point in the future. Use the following information and facts to help prepare.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The average cost for liposuction in 2013 was around $2,500 nationally. However, this only represents the actual surgeon or physician fee. It does not include the additional costs of facility fees, anaesthesia, or any required aftercare. Therefore, the true cost will be substantially higher than that original figure.
You can also expect the cost of liposuction to vary depending on several factors. First, the geographic region you are in will have an effect on how much you pay. The cost of liposuction won’t be the same in Sydney as it will be in a smaller centre.
Even more important than geographical location is the scope of the procedure being performed, and the size and number of areas on your body which are being targeted.
For instance, one patient may only be undergoing liposuction on the lower abdominal region, while another might be doing both their upper and lower abdomen, their lower back and buttocks, and their inner and outer thighs.
Some areas of the body are more inherently complex. For instance, liposuction on and around the neck and face is small in terms of body area, but more highly complex, and therefore disproportionately expensive in terms of its cost to size.
Given the added costs that aren’t included in surgeon fees, as well as the total scope of work, a more realistic average total cost is likely between $5,000 and $10,000.
Another consideration which affects price is the form of liposuction being performed. Procedures use different types of technology and equipment, and may be more or less complex, and require more or less time in comparison to one another.
Traditional liposuction is known as SAL, or suction-assisted liposuction, but newer variations include ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), including VASER, as well as laser-assisted liposuction (LAL). Your procedure fee will depend on the type of liposuction being performed.
Insurance does not cover the cost of liposuction. This is an elective or cosmetic procedure which insurance does not deem as medically essential. Therefore, it is up to the patient to pay the bill. The good news is that many surgeons and clinics offer a variety of financing options and payment plans to ensure that their procedures are accessible to as many individuals as possible.
Other Considerations About Liposuction
With the financial cost of liposuction in mind, it is also essential that prospective patients have a realistic expectation of outcome. This procedure is not generally for patients who are still undergoing changes in their weight. It should be relatively stable, and you should be reasonably close to your ideal weight. Liposuction will not prevent you from regaining weight in the future if you have less than ideal lifestyle habits including poor nutrition or lack of exercise.
Liposuction is best reserved for individuals who are reasonably healthy, and are looking to rid themselves of specific, localised deposits of excess fatty tissue in order to look and feel their best.
As with any surgical procedure, it is never a good idea to bargain shop or opt for a surgeon based solely on price. Choose a surgeon who comes highly recommended and offers quality, experience and skill, and you will always be happier with the end results.