If you’re thinking about liposuction, you’re also probably wondering, what are typical liposuction costs? It’s a common question, but not one that necessarily has a common answer, as there are significant variables when it comes to the cost of any plastic surgery procedure.
In general, liposuction costs can vary from $2000 to $3500 per area treated. These costs don’t include anesthesia, hospital stays, or any number of variables that can add to the overall price tag. Most often, these costs can be anticipated and discussed with your plastic surgeon ahead of time.
It’s helpful, as well, to know where some of those liposuction costs come from.
Why is Liposuction So Expensive?
As with all plastic surgery procedures, liposuction has a significant price tag associated with it. In most cases, because liposuction is an elective procedures, medical insurance will not cover the costs of the procedure. This can leave patients having to pay a substantial bill for their liposuction procedures. None of this is a surprise to liposuction patients, and surgeons are usually quite transparent about their costs.
So why is liposuction so expensive? In large part, liposuction is expensive because surgery is an inherently dangerous activity. There are significant safeguards in place to ensure that there are as few complications as possible, but those safeguards can be expensive.
The most significant “safeguard” is the experience and expertise of your surgeon. Much of the costs of liposuction is tied up in the costs of education and training for surgeons (not just the initial stages of training, but the continuing education necessary), not to mention certifications and association dues.
Of course, the expertise of your surgeon isn’t the only thing you’re paying for. When it comes to a liposuction you’re also paying for:
- Space and time in a surgical suite or hospital
- Any pre-operative care
- Anesthesia during the operation
- Post-operative care, including drains and compression garments
- Medications taken prior to or after your liposuction procedure
- The nurses and staff that help take care of you during your visits and during your procedure
- A wide array of peripheral costs
It might be tempting to cut down on your costs by traveling somewhere that offers a discount. This kind of “plastic surgery tourism” is usually considered quite dangerous. The reason for this danger is pretty apparent once you realize that cutting costs usually means cutting safety measures. Many patients who engage in “plastic surgery tourism” to save money end up spending more due to a high rate of complications.
How Can I Pay for my Liposuction?
Because liposuction does have some substantial costs associate with it, many people wonder how they’ll be able to afford it. That’s a reasonable question, and there are several ways to help yourself cover the cost of your liposuction.
- Saving: Perhaps the most traditional means for paying for your liposuction procedure is simply to save for it. Keep in mind that the $2000 – $3500 price tag listed above does not cover hospital costs or anesthesia, so you’ll want to save significantly more money than that. The more you have saved, the less you’ll have to worry about. Most surgeons will be able to give you a general assessment of how much your procedure will cost, so that’s an excellent place to start.
- Financing: Many liposuction surgeons offer their patients a wide range of financing options. These financing options can be complicated, but they’re an excellent resource for a wide variety of patients. Not all patients, after all (even those who have saved, as listed above) will want to pay for their entire procedure at once. Financing gives you the option to spread payments out over a longer period of time.
- Other Financial Options: For some patients, neither saving nor financing are going to be the best possible options. There are, of course, more novel methods for generating capital out there (such as GoFundMe campaigns). We don’t necessarily recommend these novel financial tools, but we do recognize that—for some patients—they will be the right fit. It definitely can’t hurt to take a look and see what’s out there.
Getting Great Results with Your Liposuction
However you pay for your liposuction procedure, the financial cost is supposed to get you great results. That’s why it’s important to take the appropriate time to investigate the local liposuction surgeons in your area. After all, the cost of liposuction at these locations will all likely be different.
Generally, plastic surgery costs can vary considerably over geographic areas (especially when comparing high competition markets to low competition markets). But the point is this: the cost isn’t what you should be most concerned about, though it should always be a factor in your decisions.
What you should instead be most concerned about is the quality of the results. You might have to pay a little bit more for high quality results. But surgical liposuction procedures are effectively permanent, meaning you’ll be living with these results for quite some time.