The average cost of liposuction is about $6,000. Your cost will vary based on factors like your surgeon’s level of experience and office location, the amount of fat being removed, and if you’ve had liposuction before. “Most people price liposuction based on the number of areas being treated—and in general, the per-area cost will come down with additional areas,” says Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Mathew A. Plant, in a RealSelf Q&A. “Usually, the first area is more expensive, because this price includes the costs of the operating room, equipment, and anesthetic. Once you’re into additional areas, those costs have mostly been covered, and you’re simply adding time, which allows for a price drop.” Liposuction is considered a cosmetic procedure, which means your health insurance will likely not cover it.
Whether you are expecting to pay for liposuction completely out of pocket, or if you are eligible for some degree of insurance coverage, you have absolutely nothing to lose by contemplating what you really hope to achieve, and discussing those goals with the most reputable surgeon in your area. You may be surprised to find that your surgeon offers more budget-friendly options and accommodations than you anticipate.
First, a circumareolar incision is made to remove a doughnut-shaped area of skin from around the areola. This also allows the nipple-areola complex to be moved up significantly (potentially as much as 8 or 9 centimeters) without causing irregularities, and it leaves almost no visible scars. The skin is then separated from the breast tissue, and the inverted-T technique is used internally to shape and mold the breast tissue. Once your perky, better-defined breast is formed, the skin is redraped. To prolong and maintain your results, a mesh is added as an internal bra beneath the skin. This provides additional support to the breast tissue.
Liposuction is highly effective in removing stubborn fat cells that seem immune to diet and exercise. However, if you have not yet made a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, you should make these changes before pursuing liposuction. You may find that, with the right modifications, the areas that have troubled you for years become firmer and more contoured.
Be very careful! You are a set up for a bad result. 50% of my revisional patients are people who were just like you and did not want what they NEEDED and ended up making compromises and ended up with terrible results. The irony is they ended up getting what they NEEDED originally except with more cost and suffering. You need what you need. Do not just fill your breast to make up for excess skin. It will look good for a short period of time while it is swollen and then bottom out. Spend more time looking for a surgeon who gets good results and closes incisions well. The vertical scar can in many instances become invisible.
Traditional liposuction involves the use of a tube-like tool called a cannula. It is inserted below the surface of the skin through tiny incisions, and moved back and forth to loosen fat cells, which are then suctioned out through the cannula. In my case, I prefer to use VASERlipoTM, which incorporates ultrasound into this process. I invested in this expensive equipment so I could provide better results, and I've got to pay for it. I charge from $2,000 to $4,000 per area using VASERlipoTM, which is several hundred dollars more than surgeons typically charge for traditional liposuction.
Each year, thousands of women undergo breast lift procedures to restore the shape and volume of their breasts for a more youthful breast contour. Oftentimes breast lifts are combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation or breast reduction. In cases like these, the breasts are lifted as they are increased or decreased in size. The result are breasts that look and feel better!
Body lifts: Body lifts are more comprehensive treatments designed to target the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks at the same time. During this procedure, a doctor will create circumferential incisions, running along the groin, thighs, hips, and waist. In addition to tightening damaged muscles, he or she may use liposuction to remove fat from one or more of these regions.
At first, liposuction results may seem minimal. This is standard, as swelling and bruising can obscure the final effects. Skin in the treated area may also appear loose, as it takes time for your body to adjust to its new, slender shape. Most physicians will ask the patient to wear a compression garment to aid in recovery. This will help reduce the long-term effects of post-liposuction swelling, bruising, and scarring.
Next, your surgeon will insert a thin vacuum tube, called a cannula, through the incision and into the deep fat layer. Your surgeon will move the cannula back and forth to break up the fat cells, and, with the help of an attached syringe or vacuum pump, suction them out. Because a significant amount of blood and other bodily fluids are removed along with the fat, you will receive replacement fluids intravenously during and after the liposuction procedure. Of course, this part of the procedure can vary somewhat, depending on the type of liposuction you select.
Liposuction can help you achieve a better quality of life with improved comfort and self-confidence. The price of treatment can be intimidating, but you must remember that you have everything to gain by choosing a surgeon who is most likely to provide you with satisfying results. If you are considering one surgeon who charges more than another, compare the two based on their reputation, experience, and the results they provide, and make the necessary arrangements to place the cost of the best surgeon within your budget.
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In my experience, VASERlipoTM gives my patients better results, with less loose skin and quicker recovery. It's a three-step process of injecting a solution of saline and norepinephrine, applying ultrasound waves below the skin using a special probe, and evacuating the emulsified fat through a cannula. By using this advanced technology with knowledge and experience, you can remove the fat in a reasonable amount of time, in the most superficial layers so that the skin will reshape to a smaller size. Ultrasound allows for more selective damage to the fat, and minimizes trauma to neighboring connective tissue. By minimizing collateral trauma, more fat is removed, and the native elasticity of the connective tissue can shrink down to the smaller size.
• CoolSculpting destroys small pockets of fat by freezing the fat cells. After one treatment session, you’ll gradually lose about 25% of the fat cells in the treatment area. It takes about a month to start seeing results, with improvements for up to 20 weeks. At that point, many RealSelf members opted for a second treatment to get the results they were after. Dr. Marosan notes that “There are an increasing number of reports of fat hyperplasia [a hardened area] in the treated areas, which require liposuction to correct it.”
There have been cases of children as young as 12 undergoing liposuction. While this is uncommon, there are rare instances in which a doctor may perform liposuction on a teen, especially after major weight loss that may have left one or two lingering bulges of fat. Generally, a doctor will assess a teenager's emotional maturity and self-esteem before agreeing to perform liposuction. The majority of these patients choose to have one problem area contoured to help with self-esteem issues. Some teens are affected by excess fat under the chin, in the calves, hips, or other areas, and it can be a source of embarrassment and ridicule among peers. In these cases, liposuction can eliminate this fat and produce a more sculpted, toned appearance.
The expected time and effort that is required to accomplish a liposuction surgery is the most important factor in determining the cost of liposuction. Factors that typically affect the surgeon’s time and effort include 1) Number of areas being treated, 2) Size of the patient, 3) Anticipated degree of difficulty. Thus, cost of liposuction of the abdomen alone is less than the cost of doing liposuction on both the abdomen as well as the inner thighs and knees. Similarly, the cost for abdominal liposuction on a patient who weighs 80 kilograms (176 pounds) might be more than the cost for liposuction of the abdomen of a patient who has never weighed more than 60 kilograms (132 pounds). Liposuction is more difficult and requires more time if the patient has previously gained and then lost a significant amount of weight. In any area previously treated with liposuction, the fat often contains scar tissue which makes liposuction in the same area more difficult.
Any licensed physician can perform liposuction, but it's usually performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists in their offices with local anesthesia, though it may be performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. No special training is required, though some doctors' professional associations recommend it. When choosing a doctor, you may want to consider whether they have had specific training for liposuction and how many they have performed.
For tumescent liposuction, the most common technique, your doctor will make one or more small (one-quarter inch or less) incisions in the area to be treated and inject a large quantity of a mixture of saline (salt water), local anesthesia, and epinephrine into your tissue. The fluid causes the fat to become swollen, firm, and easier to remove. (It also constricts your blood vessels, which reduces bruising, blood loss, and recovery time.) The surgeon then inserts the cannula through the same incision and passes it back and forth under the skin to break up the fat before suctioning it out. For a very small area, the procedure takes around 30 minutes, while a 360 liposuction—which includes the abdomen, flanks, back, and all around the torso—lasts three to four hours.
An “Internal” Bra: This is one of the most interesting procedures, as it is a mesh type of bra that is inserted surgically to lift your breasts. The mesh bra provides a little extra structure although over time the mesh is broken down and absorbed by your own tissues. This procedure is called the Breform, and you can expect a surgery of about four hours in the hospital with a few nights in recovery before you are released. The Breform is inserted through a scar in the nipple area or in the crease under the breast.
If you want to achieve a sleeker figure, but you are reluctant to undergo surgery, there are a number of non-invasive techniques that may prove effective. Although these alternatives do not typically provide the same dramatic effects that liposuction can give, they can still be excellent choices, especially if you are not a candidate for surgical fat removal.
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