As you can imagine, your total lipo cost depends largely on the body area to be reshaped. Find out here the price range of liposuction for different body areas, what goes into the total cost of liposuction and how to get an accurate quote of the cost for your cosmetic treatment.
If you check online, you’ll come across dozens of ads promising liposuction (i.e. lipoplasty) for barely hundreds of dollars.
Yet, when you call a doctor’s office or research websites of plastic surgeons, you’ll see price range of liposuction starting in the thousands.
No wonder you are frustrated and confused!
Not only aren’t you able to get rid of those stubborn pockets of fat deposits on your body despite eating right and exercising regularly, but the glut of websites making ridiculous, unsubstantiated claims is sickening.
So, how much does liposuction cost, actually?
You’ll find here some estimates* showing the average cost of liposuction depending on the body area to be treated.
*Reference: Average Surgeon/Physician Fees: Cosmetic Procedures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Web site: plasticsurgery.org/Media/stats/2008-surgeon-physician-fees-cosmetic-surgery-minimally-invasive-procedures.pdf
Examples of Lipo Cost (prices are in US dollars)
For smaller and easily accessible areas such as upper arms and flanks, the average liposuction cost is around $2,500. Expect the low end to be between $1,500-$2,000 and the high end around $4,000.
The price range of liposuction for abdominal areas (upper or lower) is between $2,000-$3,000 on the low end and $9,000-$10,000 on the high end; the average abdominal lipoplasty is around $4,500.
The average back lipo cost (including the bra area) is $3,500.
For thighs the average liposuction cost is around $3,000; however, keep in mind that often times inner thighs treatment require working on the knees too – in this case the typical knee AND inner thigh liposuction cost can go up to $5,000.
Less common, calves liposuction costs about $4,000.
For smaller spots requiring more precision, like the chin, cheeks and neck, the average cost of liposuction is around $2,500 with prices starting as low as $1,500 and going up to $6,000.
For extensive lipo, expect an average of $8,000 for body contouring on a total of three areas, and $11,000 for a total of five areas.
Undoubtedly, you’ve got a good idea on the price range of liposuction with these examples. But you must keep in mind that the final cost will vary substantially not only on the number of areas you want to reshape, but on the surgeon and anesthesiologist fees as well. These vary depending on their credentials and reputation.
Plus, factor in two more variables:
- the type of liposuction technique involved and
- the facility where the procedure is being performed.
For example, in the minimally invasive smart lipo, you’re done and out from the doctor’s office within 45 minutes and as a result, the cost of smart lipo is significantly lower.
But if you need general anesthesia for a longer procedure, expect to pay between an extra $1,200-$1,500 per hour for the anesthesiologist and the operating room.
So, to recap and give you a better image:
How To Get a Clear-Cut Lipo Cost Quote
After researching into the surgeons of your choice (preferably those who are board-certified) set up an appointment for a free consultation. You’ll discuss your body shaping goals. The surgeon will give you a more meaningful estimate based on the level of difficulty, type of liposuction technique used and other particulars such as previous scarring or irregularly shaped areas on your body.
During this consultation, be sure to ask detailed questions on whether the price quote provided covers:
- Preliminary lab tests
- Compression garments
- Any prescription medication required
- Follow-up visits and how many
Making the Right Decision on the Cost of Lipo
While seeking the lowest cost is one approach to take, you must balance it against the quality of medical care you will receive. A board-certified plastic surgeon will inevitably charge more, but you’re certain you’re receiving accredited (i.e. more thorough) expertise and experience.
If you think of going cheap… think again! It may require subsequent surgeries to repair bad results. Don’t make the mistake of cutting costs at the expense of quality… It’s your body and health that are at stake!
Can’t afford a higher lipo cost?
You still have options.
For example, your surgeon may be able to provide financing or refer you to companies providing medical loans repayable on easy monthly installments. Make sure to discuss your situation with your doctor, you may be surprised at the options s/he might provide.