Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that can be performed on almost any area of the body. It is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the world, and many patients use it to achieve their ideal body shape.
However, aesthetic results are directly related to two main issues: 1. Liposuction technique 2. Specific Surgeon with optimal credentials and training.
For patients interested in liposuction, the financial aspect of the procedure is often a key factor in decision-making. The average cost of liposuction in the United States is $3,637, but varies widely depending on factors like the type of liposuction you’re having, your location, your surgeon’s experience level, and more. Let’s take a look at the average liposuction cost across the US, as well as factors that affect the total cost of this popular surgical procedure.
Average Liposuction Procedure by City and State
How much does liposuction cost in major cities around the country? The cost of liposuction can vary from city to city, as different cities can have drastically different costs of living. This affects the price of surgical fees, facility fees, and other costs associated with treatment.
Right now, liposuction price data is only available by state. Here are some of the average costs for major cities throughout the US.
New York City, NY: $2,000-$16,000
Los Angeles, CA: $1,000-$20,000
San Francisco, CA: $1,000-$20,000
Las Vegas, NV: $1,000-$20,000
Miami, FL: $2,000-$8,000
Houston, TX: $2,000-$8,500
Chicago, IL: $1,600-$13,000
Phoenix, AZ: $2,000-$8,500
What Affects The Cost of Liposuction?
There are a variety of different factors that will affect the cost of your liposuction surgery. Understanding these costs will help you prepare financially and understand what to expect. Typically it’s the type of liposuction along with the areas you choose to treat that will determine the cost. The largest variables are conscious sedation (95% of patients are good candidates for proceeding) versus general anesthesia and the number of body areas operated on.
Types of Liposuction
There are several different ways that surgeons can perform liposuction. Your surgeon will recommend the right methods for you based on where you’re having liposuction and what your body goals are. The type of liposuction you have will also affect the total price you pay for the procedure. Dr. Troell only performs the best method, which is VASER ultrasound-assisted liposuction. One can also perform high-definition body sculpting for a cut and athletic appearance.
Tumescent Liposuction: In a tumescent liposuction procedure, your surgeon will inject a tumescent fluid consisting of epinephrine, lidocaine, and saline into the fat deposits you’re looking to target. This causes the fat deposits to swell up.
The tumescent approach streamlines the liposuction process, as it makes the fat deposits easier to identify and makes it easier to place the liposuction tube under the skin.
The cost of tumescent liposuction ranges widely depending on the number of areas you’re having done. However, it does tend to be slightly more affordable than other forms of liposuction because it does not use specialized equipment.
Ultrasonic liposuction: Ultrasonic liposuction uses sound waves from an ultrasonic device to liquefy fat cells, making them easier to remove. The cost of ultrasonic liposuction tends to be similar to or slightly less expensive than tumescent liposuction.
Laser-assisted liposuction: Like ultrasonic liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction liquefies fat cells, making them easier to remove. However, it does so using laser energy rather than sound waves. SmartLipo is a popular form of laser-assisted liposuction.
Laser-assisted liposuction costs are usually comparable to other forms of liposuction. However, SmartLipo specifically is usually cheaper than other forms of liposuction because it is less invasive and more efficient.
Power-assisted liposuction: Power-assisted liposuction uses a special cannula that moves in a rapid back-and-forth motion. The vibration allows the surgeon to pull out tough fat more easily, resulting in less surgeon fatigue and more complete fat removal. Costs for this form of liposuction vary widely depending on how much fat you’re having removed. However, they can be slightly more expensive than other forms of liposuction due to the special equipment required.
Common Areas of Liposuction and Their Costs
The body parts where you have liposuction will affect the procedure’s overall cost. Some areas are relatively easy to remove fat from, while others are much more time- and labor-intensive for the surgeon. Here’s a breakdown of liposuction costs by area of the body. Keep in mind that your total costs may be higher than this when adding in surgery fees, the cost of anesthesia, recovery garments, and other non-surgical costs.
Chin/Neck (Cervical area)
The chin is a popular area for liposuction, as it gives the patient the appearance of a slimmer jawline. Liposuction around the chin ranges from $1,500 to $3,000.
If you’re focusing on just the lower abdomen, liposuction costs range from $2,500 to $7,500. However, if you want to include the upper stomach as well, costs range from $3,800 to $8,000.
The cost of liposuction on the arm tends to range from $2,000 to $5,500, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
Full-body liposuction covers multiple areas of the body for an overall sculpting effect. Your full-body liposuction price will depend on the exact areas you plan on targeting, the technique you’re using, and your overall body goals. However, you can plan to spend $9000 to $12,000 or more on a comprehensive liposuction procedure.
Like chin and neck liposuction, face liposuction typically ranges from $1,850- $2,850 in price.
The thighs are another popular area for liposuction. The areas include anterior, posterior, inner and outer thighs. In general, thigh liposuction costs between $950 and $2850 for each area. .
The back is one of the more affordable areas of the body for liposuction. The back is divided into the lower back (most common area treated), middle back (bra roll) and upper back with the axilla (underarm). The lower back is almost always addressed with the abdomen and flanks, known as 360 liposuction with a total cost ranging from $5,000 to 6500.
How Long Will Liposuction Results Last?
The fat cells removed during a lipo procedure are gone forever after you’ve healed. This means that the results are technically permanent. Unfortunately, the most common issue is that people gain weight over time. Weight loss from diet, exercise, Semaglutide (Ozempic/Wegovy) and bioidentical hormone replacement assist in maintaining an ideal body weight.
However, it’s important to note that liposuction is not a weight-loss solution and isn’t a substitution for a healthy diet and exercise. Instead, liposuction is designed to target stubborn excess fat pockets. While the fat removed during the procedure is gone, it is still possible to gain weight after the procedure.
Even if you do experience some weight gain after liposuction, you likely won’t notice a drastic change in appearance because there are fewer fat cells in the areas you’ve targeted. Maintaining a consistent exercise routine and eating a healthy diet is the most effective way to maximize the results of your liposuction treatment.
Does Insurance Cover The Cost of Liposuction?
Since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it generally is not covered by health insurance. This means you should plan to pay for liposuction out of pocket. There are some rare instances where insurance may cover liposuction for health reasons. For example, liposuction is occasionally performed to remove fatty tumors underneath the skin.
Are There Financing Options For Liposuction?
Although insurance does not cover liposuction, there are some financing options available to help make the costs more manageable. The first step is to ask your plastic surgeon if they offer payment plans. Many plastic surgeons will allow you to break the total cost of your surgery down into multiple payments.
If your surgeon doesn’t offer payment plans, you may be able to find a third-party financing option to cover the cost of your surgery. CareCredit is a popular credit line that’s designed just for medical procedures and works similarly to a traditional credit card. Some patients also opt to take out personal loans from banks, credit unions, or other lenders to cover the costs.
Keep in mind that even if you opt for these financing plans, you will still have to pay for some of the procedure up front, and you’ll likely pay interest on the total cost of the procedure as well. Additionally, you may need to meet certain credit or income requirements to qualify for financing.
Is Liposuction A Permanent Solution?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from targeted areas of the body, which means those specific cells won’t regenerate. Many patients find that liposuction has drastic results in terms of body shape and composition. However, it’s important to understand that liposuction isn’t a guarantee against weight gain or a substitute for healthy lifestyle habits.
While the treated areas will have fewer fat cells and therefore are less likely to gain weight, the remaining fat cells in your body can still enlarge with weight gain. If you put on weight after liposuction, the fat distribution in your body might change. For instance, you may notice that you gain weight more in areas that weren’t treated with liposuction.
While liposuction can provide long-lasting body contouring results, you’ll need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to preserve the effects of the procedure.
Is Liposuction Worth The Money?
Many of our patients find that liposuction is a worthwhile investment in their appearance and their self-confidence. Although the procedure can be pricey, it’s one of the most effective ways to remove stubborn pockets of fat. Your plastic surgeon will help you customize the procedure to meet your body goals. While liposuction isn’t necessarily a cure-all for body image issues, it can help you feel happier and more confident in your skin and address areas of fat that are causing you stress.
Ultimately, the decision to get liposuction is a very personal one. Understanding how much liposuction costs will help you plan ahead for the procedure and determine if it’s the right choice for you. If you’re interested in liposuction in Las Vegas or Southern California, reach out to Dr. Robert J. Troell today to schedule a consultation. With multiple board certifications and decades of experience with liposuction, we’re here to help you get the body of your dreams.