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Cost of Liposuction Surgery

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If you are thinking about having liposuction, cost will likely factor into your decision. It is difficult to estimate the exact cost of liposuction surgery because of the numerous factors involved. Liposuction surgery may be performed on many different areas of the body, using various technologies and types of anesthesia, and by surgeons with different skill levels who practice in different areas of the country. All of these factors affect the cost.

As with the cost of most types of plastic surgery, liposuction cost includes the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees and facility fees. A surgeon’s fee for liposuction ranges from $2,000 to $4,000. The anesthesia and facility fees are based on time in surgery and usually range from $1,200 to $1,500 per hour.

The more extensive the procedure, the greater the cost. In addition, surgeons who practice in densely populated urban areas tend to charge higher fees for liposuction due to the higher overhead and greater demand for their services. The type of medical setting also affects the cost, with hospitals being more expensive than accredited surgical centers.

Other factors that may affect your liposuction cost include surgical compression garments, medical exams to clear you for surgery and postoperative medications such as painkillers.

Liposuction Cost: Adding It All Up

Taking all fees into account (including the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee and other charges), the average cost for liposuction in one area of the body is $4,000. Liposuction in three body areas can range from $6,000 to $8,000; in five areas it can be as high as $11,000. For a more precise estimate, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He or she will give you a quote after developing a surgical plan based on your goals and anatomy.

If the cost of liposuction surgery is more than you can afford, ask your plastic surgeon about payment plans.

If you would like more information on the cost of cosmetic procedures, check out our overview article on plastic surgery cost or visit our procedure-specific pages. There, you can learn about the cost of various procedures, such as the cost of Latisse treatment, the cost of breast augmentation or the cost of laser hair removal. In addition, you can learn more about plastic surgery cost from our table of average surgeon fees.

Some cost estimates provided by Julius Few, MD