Here’s What Determines How Much Your Liposuction Procedure Will Cost

Written by WD Staff, Skin Care Specialists on December 21, 2018 2 Comments

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Cost is certainly a consideration for most prospective liposuction patients. Quoting a liposuction procedure can be complex as the total cost depends upon factors including the patient’s body mass index (BMI) and the number of areas they wish to treat. An in-person consultation is required to be able to assess a patient’s needs and desired outcome.

The total cost for a liposuction procedure includes the sum of various fees that may include the provider’s fee, operating room fees, supply costs (including laser fiber costs if Smartlipo or other type of laser liposuction is utilized), pre-op and post-op visits, lab fees (if needed) and compression garments. While most liposuction procedures are performed under local anesthesia, if a patient requires general anesthesia for any reason that would be an additional cost to consider as well.

Major factors that determine liposuction costs

The primary consideration that determines the cost of any liposuction procedure is the time and effort needed to complete the treatment. Key factors that determine procedure time and effort include:

Body Mass Index (BMI): Body mass index is a measure of body fat based on the height and weight of the patient. A higher BMI indicates that there is a higher volume of fat that will need to be removed in order to provide the desired outcome. Thus, a patient with a higher BMI will require a more time-consuming procedure compared to a low BMI patient. You can determine your BMI by using this free calculator.

Number of Areas Treated: Treating multiple body areas increases both time and complexity of the procedure. A patient who treats their buttocks, inner thighs, and outer thighs will have a higher procedure cost than someone who only addresses their inner thighs.

Treatment Area: Liposuction of certain areas of the body like the arms or neck is more complex compared to areas such as the abdomen. This difference in the degree of complexity typically affects pricing.

Fat Transfer: Patients who wish to undergo a fat transfer procedure (where fat harvested through liposuction is transferred to another area of the body in order to enhance its appearance) will have an added cost for the additional steps of the treatment.

Secondary Liposuction: Secondary liposuction (where a person has a subsequent liposuction procedure on the same treatment area) adds complexity to the procedure due to scar tissue from the previous treatment, and thus is costlier than a primary treatment.

Other Liposuction Cost Variables

Geographic influences and the experience level of the surgeon are two other significant variables that can determine a liposuction cost.

Geo Influences: Geographic markets that have higher labor costs and rents often have higher prices. On the other hand, areas with many liposuction providers can experience competitive pricing due to increased competition.

Surgeon Experience: It should be no surprise that in-demand liposuction providers who have performed hundreds or thousands of procedures with great results will charge more for their services than inexperienced providers.

Beware of low liposuction prices!

A quick word concerning “cheap liposuction”. While cost is a concern, patients should also focus on quality when selecting their liposuction provider. Providers who quote prices that are far below market level are often inexperienced, which can increase the chances for poor results or complications.  Oftentimes the surgeons who offer Groupon deals or other deep discounts are surgeons who have had unhappy patients and lower pricing in order to attract new patients.

The ultimate goal for all patients should be to achieve their final desired result. Great liposuction technique is both an art and a science. Patients should select an experienced, board certified liposuction provider with years of performing the technique under a variety of different circumstances.


WD Staff

A united group of skin care specialists from Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, Austin's leader in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. Articles posted under WD staff are authored through combined contributions from our entire team, including Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Aestheticians, Physician Assistants, Aesthetic Nurses, and Patient Coordinators.

2 Responses to “Here’s What Determines How Much Your Liposuction Procedure Will Cost”

  1. Carolyn says:

    I am 77 years old, BMI 39. Also, I take Eliquis and my doc will not improve stopping it temporarily for even a day. That said, I have an apron of fat under which I continually get painful rashes. I would like to have the apron removed or minimized. Given my circumstances, can this be done and if yes, what method would you recommend? Thanks.

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      Hi Carolyn,

      Thanks for reading our post and submitting your great question! Unfortunately it’s impossible to provide a treatment plan without assessing you in person. You’ll need to visit a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area for an in-person consultation (if you are in Austin, please give us a call at 512.328.3376).

      There may be few treatment options that may be applicable to your case, like abdominoplasty and/or liposuction. However, it all depends on your specific issues. Seeing you in person is the only way for a surgeon to recommend a treatment plan.

      WD Staff

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