There is wide variety in the total cost for a liposuction procedure, and affordability is an important factor for most people in the decision to have liposuction. In order to better understand what determines cost, some explanation of what influences cost must be explained. After you understand these influences and have the facts, you can make the best decision for you.
Summary Explanation of Factors Affecting Total Liposuction Cost:
The biggest factor is the surgeon’s fee, or what is commonly referred to as surgery fee. The surgery fee depends on a number of factors, which contribute 30% – 100% of the total cost of the liposuction procedure or $1,500-3,000.
These factors include:
Facility Fees: Procedures performed in a hospital will have the highest facility fee[2,000- $3,000/hospital] while physician office based operating facilities will have the lowest [$0 – 1,800]. An outpatient surgery center would fall somewhere in the middle [$1,200- 2,000]. Range is 0-50% of the cost of liposuction or $0 – 3,000.
Anesthesia Fee: General anesthesia is the most expensive followed by IV sedation. Local or tumescent anesthesia is the least expensive and usually does not have a fee associated with it. Anesthesia fees can add 0 – 30% or $0 – $1,500 to the total cost of a liposuction procedure.
Other Fees: Pre-op exam fee, lab tests, compression garments, post-op fees, and pre and post personal care items to help prevent bruising or scaring. These fees can add approximately 0 – 15% or $0 – $750 to the total cost of a procedure.
The “Total Cost” is the sum of all the fees. It is important to keep track of these fees. Some fees are based on surgeon’s preference, such as location of the surgery and type of anesthesia used. Cost conscious individuals may prefer to have the surgery done in a physician office based operating facility and not incur additional anesthesia fees and facility fees.