The Cost of Liposuction
The overall cost of liposuction varies depending on different variables. Factors that affect the cost include the surgeon, the number of body areas to be treated and the amount of fat to be removed from each area, and anesthesiology costs, pre- and post-operative tests and medications. The cost of liposuction can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on these variables.
The main cost of liposuction procedure is going to be the surgeonâ€™s fee. The fee, which is paid out-of-pocket, will vary with the surgeonâ€™s credentials, experience, and expertise with the procedure. The fee could range between $1,200 to $4,000 or more depending on the size and number of the treated body areas. This cost is usually bundled with the fees of the anesthesiologist, surgical room/facility and the operative staff. However, you should clearly set payment expectations before the procedure to determine if there will be any additional costs beyond the surgeonâ€™s fee.
In general, if you opt for liposuction in multiple sites at once (during one operative procedure) rather than split over multiple times, the cost of the procedure will decrease. This stands to reason because it is much easier to treat more than one area at a time than to treat just the first area. There is a savings in terms of anesthesia fees when multiple procedures are combined into one surgical experience. This also means one preparation and one recovery which is sometimes more important than money when you consider days missed from work. The liposuction cost also depends on the area of the body that is sculpted. It may take more time and energy to remove fat from one part of the body as compared to another. If the area requires a lot of time to perform it could raise overall cost. The delicateness of the tissue to be treated matters as well. While belly fat can be removed with relative gusto, liposuction around joints and sensitive places require increased skill, effort and, ultimately, cost. Operative risk is something to be considered as well. If your case is a bit riskier than most, just like a driver with many accidents pays higher car insurance premiums, you may be asked to cover additional costs. From the surgeonâ€™s perspective increased surgical risk translates into an increased overall complication rate (which reduces his ability to charge premium prices) and opens him up to malpractice lawsuits and increased premiums. If the operative risk is high enough, most surgeons will refuse to operate altogether.
Medical insurance is not available for elective surgeries/ procedures such as liposuction in most countries. If liposuction procedure is being performed in conjunction with an operation that is medically indicated, it may be covered by a health insurance. The safest approach is to assume that the cost will be entirely out-of pocket and plan accordingly. You can try to seek reimbursement by your insurer, but do not be surprised if it is denied. Virtually all cosmetic and aesthetic surgeries are considered a luxury and not a medical need and are therefore treated like any non-essential procedure by health insurance companies.
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