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How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

Updated on September 16, 2009

When it comes to getting liposuction surgery, it's not uncommon at all for people to ask themselves, "how much does liposuction cost?"  The problem is, oftentimes people formulate their decision on whether or not to get the surgery, and with whom, based solely on the answer to that question rather than looking at the bigger picture. 

This article will not only answer some of your questions regarding liposuction costs, but will also look a bit deeper at "value" and what that means when it comes to cosmetic surgery prices. It's easy enough to decide between a pair of shoes based solely on price but you really over to yourself to pay a bit more attention to some details when it comes to surgical procedures done to your body. By the end of this article you'll have a good idea of the range of liposuction prices as well as what to look for when establishing the value of the procedure to be performed.

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flickr image by sirmightymac

Liposuction Costs vs. Value

Let's first take a look at the reason you are looking at liposuction prices. If you're considering having liposuction done, you are clearly committed to changing the appearance of your body and your personal self image. That's fantastic.

Of course there is no doubt that liposuction surgery is not going to be cheap. However, with any product or service there is always a range of prices from which to choose. You need to ask yourself whether you want to be shopping for the bargain basement prices when you're undertaking such a significant process that will affect your life for a very, very long time to come. Remember, this isn't simply a makeover done with makeup... were talking about a serious surgical procedure.

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flickr image by Mike el Madrileno

Don't Make a Hasty Decision Based on the Cost of Liposuction

Think of it this way; If you, your mother or father, sibling or child was in need of a heart transplant or cancer treatment, would you be comparison-shopping for the lowest rate Doctor? Probably not.

While cosmetic surgery isn't a life or death situation like those just mentioned, is still a surgical procedure in which that there is always a certain amount of risk. Not to mention, the whole purpose of doing this is to have the absolute best end result possible. Again, if you're going this far, is cutting corners on the price something that makes a lot of sense?... probably not.

There are a number of factors that can affect the price of any kind of cosmetic surgery including liposuction prices. One of them is location. If you're in a high density, highly competitive market such as Los Angeles or New York for example, there's a very good chance that the better cosmetic surgeons there will be charging more. But remember, accompanying higher prices is probably a higher level of experience and skill which translates to better end results. This doesn't mean that you can't get good results from a less experienced cosmetic surgeon in a less active community. However, they may have less of a track record for you to research in order to get comfortable with her abilities. The choice will be up to you.

flickr image by sirmightymac
flickr image by sirmightymac

Despite the Dollars... Liposuction CAN be Worthwhile

One thing you can always do, and it is highly recommended that you do this, is to ask the doctor for before and after photos of their previous patients and perhaps to read some testimonials as well. There is no reason why they shouldn't be ready and willing to provide this information to you. If you're happy with what you see, and in particular if you're able to speak with a number of people who have had positive experiences with a particular physician, you can probably feel comfortable allowing them to work on you.

With that basic kind of groundwork behind us, let's take a look at some basic ranges of prices you might expect to see so you can have a ballpark idea of how much does liposuction cost.

Abdomen, upper & lower $3,000 to $7,500
Arms $1,500 to $5,000
Breasts, female $3,000 to $7,500
Breasts, male $3,000 to $5,000
Buttocks $1,500 to $4,500
Chin, Cheeks, Jowls, Neck $2,000 to $4,500
Anterior Thighs & Knees $2,000 to $5,000
Inner (Thighs & Knees) $2,000 to $5,000
Hips/Waist $1,600 to $5,000
Outer Thighs $1,600 to $5,000

In addition to the variables mentioned above that affect the cost of liposuction there are other things to consider as well.  Some of those things include the additional cost of an anesthesiologist, post surgical compression bandages, prescription medications that might be recommended to you not to mention time away from work and/or other normal daily routines that might cost you money (having someone watch the kids, for example)

Nonetheless, when you consider many of the post-surgery success stories and how pleased people can be with the benefits of liposuction, all those costs might seem like a drop in the bucket over the long term for your greater well-being.  This article is certainly not meant to try to talk you out of getting any kind of cosmetic procedure, but rather to help you assess the true costs, variables and values when you shop around, asking yourself, "How much does liposuction cost?"


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