What does it cost?
Neck liposuction, which is typically the smallest site commonly treated, starts at $3000.
A flatter abdomen is just $3500, plus your garment cost (around $150), and you pay no more for theatre fee or anaesthetist fee.
Abdomen plus love handles pushes it up to $5000, (again, plus your garment cost).
Upper arms a problem? $4000 is the whole treatment fee (plus garment). Add bra bump treatment for an extra $750
Saddle bags your only issue? $4000 is your only fee, plus your garment.
Upper inner thighs bothering you as well? Add just $750 to your abdomen or saddle bag treatment and we’ll do these as well.
Breast reduction by liposuction is your thing? As for upper arms and as for saddle bags, $4000 is your fee, plus garment
If you want to get a great result and save your money when having low cost liposuction read on. Read about what you can do first about yourself, what your goal should be, what to ask the doctor, what to look for in premises and liposuction technique, and how to assess the result. The verdict will be yours.
Now, this is going to be really obvious but it can’t be said too much: the better shape you are in prior to low cost liposuction the better the result and the less you’ll spend. If you are big and heavy all over, and you want to look better, there is no substitute for exercising and enjoying the physicality of life whilst eating sensibly.
Of course, many patients exercise enthusiastically and eat sensibly yet can’t shift fat below a certain point. Such patients are already ready for intervention. It is for these that liposuction is ideal
And of course some people are classified obese. Those with a body-mass index over 30 (e.g. at a height of 165cm, weighing over 82kg) warrant review with a surgeon with view to bariatric surgery and for such patients the results can be dramatic and literally lifesaving.
But many of us are in-between: not exactly trim, but not extremely obese. If you look at yourself and imagine you’d like low cost liposuction here-and-here-and-here-and-here-and-here, you are probably carrying too much weight all round.
Quite aside from the obvious health and happiness benefits of getting in shape, there are a couple of cost advantages to being trimmer when considering low cost liposuction. Firstly, those with lots of fat to remove from multiple areas have to consider either liposuction under general anaesthetic, with its range of attendant extra expenses, or liposuction under local anaesthetic in two or more sessions, meaning having the procedure two (or more) times and thus paying two (or more) times. Secondly, those who get themselves trim first often find that there remains only a couple of stubborn areas requiring low cost liposuction treatment, meaning lower procedure costs as these usually relate to the number of areas requiring work. (and of course some find that the whole excess fat problem goes away entirely, in which case liposuction costs are zero!). Thirdly, active patients recover faster, getting back to work sooner, thus less wages loss. Fourthly, liposuction performed on trimmer patients removes more fat cells per kg of aspirate than is the case with the very overweight – each cell is not so expanded with fat, therefore, in each kilo removed, there are more of these smaller fat cells removed.
So, meet us half-way: lose as much weight as you can reasonably manage, and there’ll be less liposuction required and you’ll get better value from the low cost liposuction performed.
Having met us half way, by getting your weight to its reasonable best, you should then set a treatment goal that takes full advantage of having liposuction whilst keeping costs down. In practice this means deciding on having treatment to the one, two or three specific areas that you are finding most stubborn and most disproportionate, and recognising the value of bringing, by liposuction, these areas into proportion with the rest of your figure.
This does NOT mean sucking away all the fat from a particular area. Sucking away all the fat from a particular site leaves a disproportionate emptiness in most people. Instead, we want the fat thickness to be brought proportional to areas we are not treating, areas not needing treatment.
Most patients get better value improvement if liposuction is not performed circumferentially around waist or limb. So, for example, if someone has big thighs, it is better to liposuck the specific bulges out of the thighs, such as the saddlebags and inner knees, rather than attempt removal of all the fat from all around the thighs.
Targetting the treatment makes for a smaller, less expensive and better-value procedure. Such treatments are also safer and give better satisfaction – all part of the equation
Think about the above, and when it’s time for your consultation, try to be specific in telling the doctor about what you want. This will show your doctor that you’ve really thought about the procedure, and that your goals are realistic.
Depending on your age, the amount of fat being removed, and the elastic nature of your skin, you will have to discuss with your doctor the issue of skin looseness after liposuction. Happily, the great majority of patients find their skin tightens up after liposuction, particularly younger patients, fitter patients, and those needing less fat removed. But, occasionally, we are surprised, either by a bigger and older patient tightening up remarkably well or a younger slimmer patient tightening less well. So the topic merits discussion.
By preparing yourself well you make the liposuction procedure safer and more likely to give you a great result. In choosing a doctor, consider the following thoughts:
If the doctor is extremely famous, he or she is likely charging big fees. Will the result merit those fees?
If the doctor advertises a lot in fashion magazines and newspapers, someone is paying for those ads: the patient. And doctors who do great work for a reasonable fee become busy largely by word-of-mouth – expensive advertising becomes unnecessary.
If the doctor performs many, many different sorts of operations, how much focus is there on liposuction? Surgeons who regularly perform complex internal surgery sometimes find liposuction dull.
If the doctor usually squeezes many operations into the one day’s operating list, how much time will there be for your procedure? If there are other cases to do after yours, will yours be rushed?
One way a doctor can do a lot of surgery in one day is to perform procedures under general anaesthetic. A general anaesthetic is quicker to get underway than the careful spreading of tumescent anaesthesia that occurs when liposuction is done under local anaesthesia.
Can you easily find out the doctor’s fees prior to attending the consultation. If not why not? Can you get final “drive away no more to pay” fee? In advance?
How much training has the doctor had in liposuction? Contrary to popular thought, training in general surgery and even plastic surgery doesn’t necessarily equate to much in the way of liposuction training.
Here, the choice is between having the procedure performed in a hospital or in the doctor’s private rooms.
Hospital care is appropriate for procedures performed under general anaesthetic, for long and complex procedures, and for procedures performed on those who are ill or who have more complicated medical histories. But hospital care comes at additional cost, and infections acquired in hospitals tend to be due to antobiotic-resistent bacteria. Various complications may ensue.
Care in private rooms is more appropriate for straightforward procedures performed under local anaesthetic (with or without mild sedation) on patients who are essentially well. Costs are minimised, care is given by fewer personnel with thus less potential for communication breakdowns. Infections are fewer.
Liposuction under general anaesthetic is quicker for the doctor. It is appropriate for very extensive procedures involving multiple areas. But because an anaesthetist is required and some hospital-stay recovery in generally required, it is more expensive.
Liposuction under local anaesthetic (with or without mild sedation) is slower for the doctor but the patient recovers more rapidly. It is appropriate for small to moderate procedures performed on essentialy healthy patients. It is much less expensive. Read all about it on Medline website and the emedicine website.
Happily, pursuing the less expensive option of liposuction under local anaesthesia also generally gives better all-round satisfaction and a better aesthetic result
The verdict is yours