The cost of liposuction is an important factor in deciding if the treatment is right for you or if it's not a good option.
There are many factors that contribute to liposuction prices, so learning more is vital.
One of the primary factors that determines liposuction cost is where you want to have the treatment administered and how much liposuction you need in those areas. In general, having liposuction on your abdomen is the most expensive, with prices reaching close to $10,000 at the upper end. Even on the lower end, you can expect to spend several thousand dollars having liposuction on your belly area. The arms, back, breasts and buttocks are other areas that start in the lower thousands and increase based on how much liposuction you need in those places. The cost of liposuction is lower for the chin, jowls, flanks, thighs, knees, hips and waist, but it will still set you back several thousand dollars. If you want the so-called mommy makeover, which helps remove leftover pregnancy weight, you could be spending tens of thousands of dollars on liposuction. The cost of anesthesia is extra and not included in the estimate for the actual procedure.
Doctors who perform liposuction must get paid, and you can expect liposuction prices to get higher if your procedure will require a significant time and energy investment. Factors that will help determine the price include how many areas you want to have treated, your body size, how much fat you would like removed and how difficult the procedure will be to complete on your body. For example, a person who simply wants to slim their midsection won’t pay as much as someone who wants the mommy makeover and would like to tone down the hips, belly, thighs and buttocks all at one time. Likewise, if you weigh more than the average person, you may wind up paying more since your body is bigger and will require more time and effort to treat. If you have recently gained and then lost a lot of weight, liposuction tends to be harder to do, so your doctor will charge you more because it will take longer and require more effort to complete. Likewise, if you have a lot of scar tissue, you will be harder to treat, which could raise the price of your procedure.
In addition to paying for the actual liposuction procedure, you will also have to pay a variety of fees and factor these into the cost of liposuction. As mentioned above, if you decide to get anesthesia for the treatment, you will have to pay more for that technician and the materials needed. You will also have to pay operating room fees and preoperative lab fees. You could also pay more if you have complications that require longer hospital stays or a return for further treatment to take care of those issues. Talk to your doctor about these fees and how much they could add to the cost of liposuction. This can help you determine whether or not you can afford the liposuction cost.
A surgeon who is just starting out and hasn’t performed too many liposuction treatments may charge less than an experienced surgeon who has performed the treatment multiple times. A doctor who has consistently good results and who has been in practice for many years may charge you more because you can be more sure of the results you want. Surgeons who are new may offer discounts and lower prices as they build their practice and gain experience. This is certainly something to consider because a less experienced doctor may be just as good, but can save you some money. A more experienced doctor offers peace of mind but will likely make a bigger dent in your bank account.
Some plastic surgeons will do a liposuction treatment for a very low cost. This often depends on where they practice and what the regulations for liposuction are in that country. In addition, places where it costs less to rent a space and operate a business are often able to perform the procedure for a lower cost. The thing to consider in this regard is whether or not the treatment is safe and what the risk is. Many people have traveled to another country to get a cheap liposuction treatment only to come home and have to pay another surgeon more to fix a botched procedure. Cheap liposuction is often too good to be true, and you should use extreme caution if you’re considering a boutique treatment or leaving the country to have liposuction performed.
If you plan to have extensive liposuction on several areas of your body, you may be better off choosing a doctor who will give you a global liposuction cost. This will include the treatment, the surgical fees and all other possible expenses in one lump sum. You may be able to negotiate a lower price if you go this route. You are more likely to be able to get a global price if you have the procedure done in a doctor’s office rather than at the hospital. Make sure that when you ask for a quote, you understand what that cost covers and what additional fees you may be facing.
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