Liposuction Cost

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.

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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.

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6 replies
  1. Missy
    Missy says:

    I’m so disappointed that my insurance doesn’t cover this. I’ve had issues with obesity ever since I was a little girl, it’s a medical condition that I was fighting for such a long time. I should be given the chance to look like everyone else, especially after all the struggle I’ve been through. I can’t even mention to my family how much liposuction cost. I am 21 years old, and I know that they would do anything for me to look like a normal girl and be happy with my body. Since my arms so much more noticeable on my body, and I can’t really cover them up all the time, because of the hot weather, I was interested in the arm liposuction cost. I’m guessing it’s a smaller area, and it costs a lot less than $10,000. Are there any fees that I can avoid?

  2. Carlol MD
    Carlol MD says:

    Hello there! I come from Perth! I know that liposuction in Perth costs like any other lipo in bigger cities; there are no drastically big differences. I do have to agree with some posts here, that claim that prices vary from clinic to clinic. They really do. I don’t know what the regulations are and how different clinic can tag different prices on the same procedure. Whether it’s SAL or LAL, it should be a fixed priced. For example, stomach liposuction costs in Perth and Sydney, and places around it should be the same, but different just in case the surface you are treating is bigger. Anyways, a friendly tip – ask around to see if you can make a bargain. Not with the clinic, but with the choice of the clinic. You don’t have to choose the most expensive one, nobody is forcing you.

  3. Chriss
    Chriss says:

    Help please!
    I need tummy liposuction and I am wondering about the costs. I live near Melbourne. Does that mean that liposuction in Melbourne costs more than in some other centre? I don’t have a beauty clinic in my place, it’s very small town. Folks don’t even know about liposuction here. But I’m very aware of my flappy stomach and how disgusting it looks. I was wondering does tummy liposuction cost a lot. Is the so-called SAL the cheapest, and LAL the most expensive type of liposuction? I know that surgeries cost a lot in general…
    I have so many questions and I don’t know who to ask. They are all related to finances, because, realistically it’s the major concern… I don’t really have a good salary to splurge on beauty treatments, although I don’t do it because I’m shallow, I would do it just to appear normal to other people, and not to be looked at like I’m some poor creature.

  4. Angie
    Angie says:

    Woah… Liposuction costs a lot! I could buy a car for that! Not a very fancy one but still. I live in Sydney, and I can imagine only how much liposuction in Sydney costs. $10,000 is a lot, no matter where you are coming from. It is the highest price, but who knows what kind of a treatment I would need, and what the doctors find needed to be done. Can they leave that decision completely up to you? I’m guessing you still have to get anaesthetics and stuff like that, but If I treat just the parts that re visible to others, maybe I can pinch a few pennies here and there, and still gain great results. I know a lot of people have done it so share your thoughts on my problem.

  5. Kate A. Mosman
    Kate A. Mosman says:

    I have started the journey of my weight loss exactly two years ago. It was a fight full of tears, relapses, doubts and fears. But I’ve lost 30kg. And you can imagine how much loose skin and fat I still have. I am skinnier but the fat remains like super glue, stuck on me, reminding me of my unhealthy lifestyle. Since I don’t need that daily reminder I decided to do liposuction. The liposuction cost isn’t an issue. For all those wondering how much does liposuction cost and negatively commenting on the price tags, don’t do it. It means you don’t really need it if you are bargaining with your health. If you’ve been through a struggle like me, you’d pay any price, just to be like a normal human being. And you’d appreciate the fact that science and doctors can do that for you. There is no price that you can put on being healthy. Liposuction is the last step in my process that is going to make me feel and look good. Thank God there is liposuction!

  6. Janina
    Janina says:

    The LAL, or the laser liposuction cost is definitely bigger because it is a more modern technique. I know that liposuction cost in Sydney can be pretty high, because the more reputable a clinic is the more the doctor charge. The fees are bigger, but you also get more reliable professionals. The equipment is also state-of-the-art, which is so important when surgical interventions are in question. You don’t want the doctor to maim you just because they don’t have good equipment. If I was getting something like that in any time soon, I’d go for LAL. After all technology revolutionises for a reason, the reason being results that are more efficient and less downtime. But don’t put your eggs in one basket. Just because a clinic has the highest prices, doesn’t mean they will give the best service. Keep it real.


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