Liposuction is a commonly performed procedure that is designed to help patients achieve their ideal figure by removing unwanted fat deposits and contouring their figure. This blog aims to help inform patients considering liposuction on the average costs of various procedures and the different financing options. For more information on the procedure itself, you can view our procedure page or for information regarding the recovery process you can read our blog ‘12 FAQs About Liposuction Aftercare’.
- Liposuction Cost
- How Much Does Liposuction Cost For Different Areas?
- Is Liposuction Covered By Insurance?
- Liposuction Payment Plans
Realself state the average cost as over $6,200 for a liposuction procedure, with the average price range varying from $1,100 to $11,200. The cost of liposuction hugely varies depending on what location you have the procedure performed in and how many areas are treated. The main factors that impact the cost of liposuction treatments are:
- Number of areas being treated
- Hospital/operating room charges
- Experience of surgeon
- How long the procedure takes
- Aftercare (such as compression garments or any medications)
- Consultations and check-up appointments
- Post procedure complications
Some procedure prices will include the additional costs of things such as aftercare and operating room fee charges, however, this is likely to be an additional charge.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost For Different Areas?
Liposuction can be performed on most areas of the body. For more information on these specific areas, you can view our blog on ‘What Areas Of The Body Can Be Treated With Surgical Liposuction?’ Due to the fact the size of the area can drastically vary, the cost of a liposuction procedure will significantly vary depending on what area you desire to have surgery on. Some of the most common areas that patients choose to undergo liposuction on and the average prices for these specific treatments include:
Arm Liposuction Cost
Arm liposuction is generally performed on patients’ upper arms to achieve a slimmer appearance. It is also frequently undertaken alongside an Arm Lift procedure which removes excess skin from the upper arms to achieve a better result. According to Liposuction.com, the average cost of arm liposuction is $2,000- $5,500.
Back Liposuction Cost
Multiple areas of the back can undergo liposuction depending on the specific areas that a patient has concerns over. Other patients choose to have the entire back liposuctioned which is obviously more expensive. Liposuction.com states that female back liposuction tends to cost between $2,000 and $4,500.
Calf Liposuction Cost
Some patients feel insecure over the size of their calves and so wish to have fat deposits removed from this region of their legs. In many cases, calf liposuction is undertaken alongside ankle liposuction. RealSelf states the average cost of calf reduction as $7,375 and can range from $1,750- $12,000.
Chest Liposuction Cost
Female Breast Reduction Surgery is undertaken to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts and can be performed using liposuction. Since liposuction only removes fat deposits some breast reduction patients will need to have some of their breast tissue surgically removed to achieve their ideal extent of reduction. Liposuction breast reduction procedures will vary in cost as significantly different quantities of fat can be removed from a patient’s breasts. However, liposuction reductions are generally less expensive than surgical breast reductions as Liposuction.com states it generally costs between $3,800- $8,000.
Male breast reduction surgery is medically termed Gynecomastia Surgery and can be performed using liposuction to remove fat deposits from the chest to achieve a more contoured figure. According to RealSelf, the average cost of gynecomastia surgery is $5,600 in the United States.
Chin Liposuction Cost
Some patients feel self-conscious over fat deposits that have accumulated on their face, including on their chin. Patients often have concerns over having a ‘double chin’ and wish to have some of the fat deposits removed to achieve a slimmer facial appearance. RealSelf state the average cost of chin liposuction as $3,000 and the range as between $950 – $5,000.
Thigh Liposuction Cost
Liposuction of the thighs is an extremely common area for liposuction. Some patients undergo inner-thigh liposuction, which according to Liposuction.com costs between $2,000- $4,500. Other patients desire to undergo liposuction on their outer thighs which they state as costing between $2,500 and $6,000. These two areas can be combined together which will reduce the cost compared to getting the two areas done separately.
Love Handle Liposuction Cost
Love handles are the area of the back above the hips that many patients have concerns over as they feel it creates can create an unwanted bulge of fat over their waistband. The cost of liposuction for the love handles will therefore be in the range for back liposuction procedures, so according to Liposuction.com will vary from $2,000 and $4,500 for women.
Neck Liposuction Cost
Neck liposuction is often performed alongside a neck lift to help patients achieve a slimmer and more youthful neck. It is also often carried out alongside chin liposuction to address patients’ concerns over having a double chin. According to the American Society of Plastic Society, the average cost of neck liposuction is between $1,200 to $12,700.
Stomach Liposuction Cost
Liposuction of the stomach is very commonly performed and often undertaken alongside a tummy tuck procedure to enhance the procedure’s result. According to Liposuction.com the average cost of waist liposuction is between $2,500 and $6,000. This price will depend on the exact area of the stomach that liposuction is performed on and how much fat the patient desires to have removed.
Additionally, the cost of any liposuction procedure will be higher if a patient is undergoing liposuction as part of a Fat Transfer Procedure. This is where the fat harvested from liposuction is used to enhance another area such as the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift) or breasts (Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation). For more information on what a fat transfer procedure is you can read our blog ‘A Patient’s Guide To A Fat Transfer Procedure In Dallas‘ and for specific information on the cost of a Brazilian butt lift procedure you can read our blog ‘The Average Cost Of A Brazilian Butt Lift In Dallas’.
Is Liposuction Covered By Insurance?
Liposuction does not tend to be covered by health insurance plans due to the fact it is a cosmetic surgical procedure. Most patients who undergo liposuction choose to do so to improve their appearance by removing fat deposits to contour their figure. However, this does depend on the individual situation of the patient as there can be significant health and medical reasons for undergoing a liposuction procedure. Healthline lists the potential cases where liposuction is seen as a medically needed procedure and is more likely to be covered by health insurance:
- Treat a patient’s injury
- Repair/enhance the function of specific body parts
- Removing a lipoma (large fatty growth)
- Eliminating fat in patients who have lipedema or lymphedema and so can improve mobility/ pain
- If a patient is morbidly obsese and needs to loss weight in order to aid another medical procedure
- Fat transfers for patients who have undergone a severe injury or burn
Although you may be more likely to receive funding from your insurance if you have any of the above issues, you would need to check with your individual provider and policy to see if you qualify under their terms for any financial help.
Lymphedema is a condition where excess fluid collects in the tissue and results in the area significantly swelling. This condition can make it difficult for sufferers to walk well, find clothing that fits, and may suffer from infections on the skin. Liposuction is not always beneficial to these patients but in some cases, it has helped with the swelling and increased a patient’s mobility of the area. It is extremely important if you suffer from any medical condition to discuss this extensively with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon before undergoing any procedure.
Breast Reduction With Liposuction
Additionally, breast reductions using liposuction are often performed to help resolve medical issues caused by having large breasts such as chronic back pain and infections or rashes. In these cases, some health insurances will cover the costs of chest liposuction to help improve the wellbeing and help of the patient. You would need to discuss this with your healthcare provider as each policy varies and will have different requirements for qualifying for coverage.
Liposuction Payment Plans
Most patients who have liposuction finance the entire procedure themselves and so most surgeons offer various financial options and payment plans to make the procedure accessible to everyone. The specific companies that a surgeon offers and the individual payment plans available can significantly vary. Dr. Liland offers financial plans from companies including CareCredit, Alphaeon Credit, Lending USA, and PatientFi. These companies offer payment plans or loans to patients so that they can pay for their procedure over the course of many months or years. You should research these companies and look into other financing options to find out what is right for you.
The cost of a liposuction procedure can significantly vary and so it is important that patients have a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon so that they can receive a professional assessment and a more accurate estimate of the cost for their specific procedure. Furthermore, patients should spend time considering the best financing option as well as perform research into the surgical technique, the recovery period, and the potential risks of undergoing a liposuction procedure. You can book a liposuction consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Liland who has 30 years of experience in performing cosmetic procedures.
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