When it comes to liposuction, one of the most common questions I am asked is about the cost of liposuction? But without a detailed consultation and evaluation, it is not possible to provide an accurate answer to this question for a potential patient. And there are many factors that can effect the cost of liposuction by other plastic surgeons in other markets around the country.

The first reason has to do with the type of liposuction. The two most popular types of liposuction in the U.S. are the traditional form of liposuction often referred to as PAL, (Power Assisted Liposuction) liposuction or Tumescent Liposuction that use suction to remove fat. The other is Laser Liposuction where a laser tipped wand uses different frequencies, (some better than others) to melt fat and tighten skin. Typically, laser liposuction is the more expensive of the two options.

Another reason the cost of liposuction varies has to do with the surgeon. Factors like how long they have been in practice, their experience and reputation, and even their geographic location can impact the fees they charge for a liposuction procedure.

On aspect of the cost of liposuction that is fairly consistent from surgeon to surgeon is that fees are usually based on areas. The most common areas are the abdomen, sides and back. Sometimes these three areas are bundled and referred to as 360 or total torso liposuction. Other popular areas include the arms, bra rolls and thighs. Sometimes, plastic surgeons who include the costs of anesthesia in their surgical fees will offer a second area as part of the same procedure at a reduced fee because the patient is already prepped for surgery and sedated.

Another factor that can affect the cost of liposuction is your BMI. Higher BMIs can increase the cost of liposuction because the procedure will take longer; more OR time, more anesthesia time and more of the surgeon’s time.

All that said, in December 2020 the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, (ASPS) determined through a nationwide study that the cost of liposuction most often ranges between $3,500 and $3,600 for the procedure only.

Be sure to ask about what all is included with the fees you are quoted. You may hear of or be quoted a surgical fee for liposuction that seems very competitive. But the fee may not include costs for very important aspects of the procedure such as operating room fees or anesthesia fees. Other costs can include preoperative medical exams to make sure you are healthy enough for surgery, compression garments and post operative medications.

The only accurate way to find out the cost of liposuction for you is to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who will take the time to understand your goals, carefully evaluate the unique aspects of your body and what will be required to achieve your goals, and then provide you with the cost of liposuction for your unique needs and goals.