US Liposuction Costs & Price For Liposuction Procedures Explained

There are several different types of liposuction that can be performed, and each has its own benefits for different patients. Worth knowing is that the cost of liposuction varies a lot depending on what procedure/area you choose. On this site we cover everything you need to know about liposuction cost and prices for different types of lipo procedures and areas on the body.

US National Average Cost For Liposuction 2011

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has reported that the average cost for liposuction in 2011 was $2,984. The average minimum cost during 2011 was $2,667, while the maximum cost was $3,038. This is the national average, and there are several factors that can affect the particular prices in any area.

Following is a breakdown of typical liposuction costs by body area:

Information compiled from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

What Effects the Cost of Liposuction?

Geographic Area

The geographic area is one of the most important factors that are used to determine lipo cost. Urban areas that have a high demand for surgeons, such as Los Angeles or New York, will have higher laser liposuction cost than other areas. However, the level of care is usually better in areas where there are more surgeons operating, and this is another factor that should be considered.

Number of procedures

How much is liposuction also depends on the number of areas that need to be operated on. For most patients who only need to undergo one session, they will see their lipo cost close to the national average. However, when a person has a high amount of fat in an area, or there is more than one spot that needs to be treated, the costs will naturally be higher. Surgeons can generally remove between six to eight pounds of fat during a setting, though they will usually only work on one area at a time.

Types of Liposuction And Costs

Tumescent liposuction

is one of the most common forms of liposuction. In tumescent liposuction, a saline solution typically containing a local anesthetic is injected into the tissue that is to be removed.

Liposuction Costs Tumescent

Also contained in this solution is a vasoconstrictor – a drug used to constrict the blood vessels and lessen blood and fluid loss. This type of liposuction is frequently used in facial and neck liposuction.

Another type of liposuction is ultrasonic assisted liposuction, or VASER liposuction. This method uses an ultrasonic wave (either above or underneath the skin’s surface) in addition to the tumescent liquid to break down the fat cell membranes and liquefy the fat, allowing it to be more easily removed by the cannula, the instrument used to remove the fat with suction.


is the newest technique in liposuction today. In Smart Liposuction, fat is liquefied by a laser on the skin’s surface, and the body’s natural processes clean the liquefied fat out of the body over a period of three to four days.

This type of laser liposuction is very popular because it requires no incision, no blood loss, and has a faster recovery time. This type of liposuction is most effective on small pockets of localized fat that is “diet-resistant” and will not go away even after changes in diet and exercise.

Patients who have the most success with this form of liposuction already have healthy lifestyles and do not require a behavioral change.

Determining Cost

Determining the total cost of liposuction can be difficult to estimate because there are so many individual factors that go into determining the final cost.

When you call the surgeon for a price estimate for liposuction, remember that the estimate is approximate. A more accurate estimate of the liposuction price can be determined after the first consultation with the surgeon.

At this consultation, you will be able to discuss in detail your expectations and concerns and the surgeon will be able to determine the extent of surgery your body can handle and the pre- and post-operative procedures that will be right for you.

Getting a Cost Quote – What’s Included?

There are many different aspects of the liposuction procedure that go into the final cost quote that you will receive, and each of those aspects has some variation in price range.

The first (and generally largest) fee that you will be quoted is the surgeon’s fee. This fee is typically a flat-rate fee and is determined by the experience of the doctor, the doctor’s geographic location, the area of the body to be treated, and the number of areas to be treated. Many patients opt to have more than one area treated at a time. Also sometimes included in the price of liposuction is the facility fee. This fee is different for each surgical office, but is typically a flat-rate fee. A safe estimate for this fee would be anywhere between $600 and $1,500.

The anesthesia fee is not included in the surgeons fee, and can range from $500 to $1,500, depending on the type of anesthesia the procedure calls for (local or general), the amount the patient needs, the location of anesthesia application and the anesthesiologist’s personal fees.

Also to be considered should be what kind of medications each patient will need. This is individual to the patient and is dependent upon the health of each patient, the ability to heal, the risk of infection, etc.

Also, the medical testing that will be done pre-and post-operatively will need to be included. These may include blood tests, tests of the skin’s elasticity and other skin tests.

Surgeons may charge consultation and follow-up fees, although these are sometimes included in the flat-rate surgical fees. Ask your doctor about how they price their services.

These sessions are very important and should not be overlooked or ignored.

After each surgery, it is typical for a liposuction patient to be instructed to wear a compression garment over the area that has been treated. These vary in size depending on the treatment location and are usually purchased by the patient.

Finding the Right Surgeon for You

American Society of Plastic SurgeonsFirst of all, the surgeon you choose should be a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

This organization is the largest plastic surgery organization in the world and surgeons must meet specific qualifications in order to be eligible to join.

Surgeons must have completed at least six years of surgical experience and training with at least three of those being specifically plastic and cosmetic surgery training and experience.

Surgeons that are a part of this organization may have prices that are a bit higher than their competitors, but surgery and patient care should not be determined by who is running the best deals. Your comfort and care should be paramount in determining which surgeon is right for you.

What about insurance?

Most liposuction is still considered by insurance companies to be elective and purely cosmetic in nature, and typically isn’t covered by medical insurance.

This also means that in most cases, any complications you may experience during or after surgery that require medical treatment will also not be covered. Therefore, the entire cost of the procedure will be your responsibility.

Many surgery centers and surgeons however do have financing options available for their patients.

What About Liposuction Abroad?

Many consumers are now turning to overseas providers to offer them the liposuction at the best price. There are a host of countries that have experienced doctors who are able to offer their services, and the liposuction costs vary widely depending on the area. Here is a quick break down of estimated prices around the globe.

-In the UK, the average cost is $5,250.
-In Brazil, the average lipo cost is only $905.
-In Hungary, the average liposuction cost is $1,066
-In Lithuania, the average laser liposuction cost is only $1,400.

NOTE: These amounts do not include the travel and lodging expenses that will be needed by a person who is travelling abroad for their procedure. If an individual needs to have a number of sessions to have all of their deposits removed, it may be better for them to travel abroad to have their procedures done. However, it is just as economical to have a single procedure or two completed at home.

Costs vs Quality

It is also essential to consider that quality is usually a function of the liposuction costs. Lower priced surgeons may be less experienced and provide inferior services. However, there are also times when experienced plastic surgeons are willing to offer their clients a discount depending on their schedules. Demand will also affect the cost, and it is usually more expensive to have liposuction during the spring and summer as there is more demand.

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