If you are thinking of getting a liposuction surgery, you may want to make a cost survey, before you go ahead. This article will provide you with a rough estimate.
Be it any kind of surgery, cost is always a big consideration. Especially, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, cost is an even bigger consideration, as insurance is surely not going to cover it. How much a liposuction costs, may pretty much be the deciding factor about whether or not you may go for it.
What is Liposuction?
A type of cosmetic surgery, liposuction, also called liposculpture suction lipectomy, or lipoplasty is the removal of fat deposits from various parts of the body. Some of the regions from where it is used to remove fat are abdomen, hips, flanks (love handles), inner thighs, upper arms and the back. It involves, not just fat removal, but body contouring procedures too.
Usually, people go for it, for fat removal, only after rest of the options have been exhausted. That is, after going through a rigorous spot reduction exercise regimen and dieting, if fat in certain body parts still persists, then liposuction can help you out. Sometimes, when a person’s health is seriously endangered by presence of excess fat, this surgery is the way out.
The procedure involves the clinical removal of fat cells through a range of techniques. The goal of the procedure is removal of right fat amount, in such a way, that minimum damage is done to other tissues, without disturbing the fluid balance of an individual and of course without causing much discomfort to the patient.
The procedure involves insertion of a hollow tube (called a cannula), along with an aspirator or suction device, inside the fat removal site and then the fat cells are removed through suction. Many different procedures are in vogue, that use different methods to remove the fat cells, with minimum damage to other tissues. Two of the popular methods are ultrasound-assisted and suction-assisted liposuction. The procedure involves administration of local anesthesia, along with sedatives. The patient can be discharged on the same day. The techniques are improving by the day.
Factors Affecting Cost
Here are some of the prime factors affecting the cost of this surgery:
- Type of procedure
- Area of the body subjected to liposuction
- Experience and qualification of surgeon
- Complexity of the procedure
- Anesthesiologist’s fees
- Pre-operative and post-operative care
- Geographic location
Out of all these factors, the most important is the area that needs to be subjected to liposuction. The cost can vary substantially, according to it. Other than that, surgeons in big cities like New York, with a high cost of living, charge a lot more than other cities. Overall, taking every one of the above factors into consideration, cost of liposuction ranges from USD 2,000 to USD 8,000, in the United States of America.
Spending more for a surgery and getting the best surgeon to perform it, is better than getting the surgery done at a lower cost, but with other compromises. Make a choice, according to your convenience and budget.