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The Cost of Liposuction

LiposuctionThe cost of liposuction is an important consideration for most people considering the surgery. Insurance policies typically will not cover most of what they consider to be cosmetic procedures. However, the quality of liposuction surgery is determined by more than just the cost of the procedure. If the primary goal of liposuction surgery is to have a happy patient, who is satisfied with the results, then the surgeon’s expertise and experience are probably more important than the cost of the procedure. Liposuction prices are equally important, but it is not the most important factor to be considered. Don’t discount your own happiness, and wellbeing.

Choosing a surgeon for liposuction based on the price alone can be an expensive choice. If the surgery is so bad that you have to get another surgeon, who then must be paid to correct the work of the first liposuction surgeon, the lower price just doubled or even tripled and with unsure results. The most common problems which could cause this include 1) incomplete liposuction with no visible improvement, 2) excessive liposuction producing an unnatural appearance, 3) irregular or uneven results with unsightly depressions in the skin, 4) large scars that show evidence of surgery.

Factors that determine the cost of liposuction surgery include 1) The size of the patient, 2) Amount of time and effort required 3) cost of anesthesiologist’s services, 4) Operating room fees, 5) preoperative laboratory fees, 6) and other related expenses such as the post-operative garments.

The expected time and effort that is required of the surgeon is the most important factor in determining the cost of the procedure. Factors that affect this include the number of areas being treated, the size of the patient, and anticipated degree of difficulty. Liposuction is more difficult on a person who has gained weight and then lost it, or had a previous liposuction operation.

Other things that affect the price include the experience of the surgeon and the geographic area in which he is located. An expert surgeon, who has performed thousands of liposuction procedures, with outstanding results, and who is in great demand, will often charge more than a less experienced surgeon. In contrast, surgeons with bad reputations because of unhappy patients will usually offer discounts. Other reasons for discounts might include the geographic area of the country or simply that the liposuction surgeon is not very busy.

Different procedures or variations of procedures might increase overall cost. Technology and medical equipment is expensive, so if your cosmetic surgeon has the latest technology and equipment, he will likely charge more than a surgeon with 10 year old equipment.