Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing excess fatty tissue from a certain area of the body such as the abdomen or thighs, by way of suction. Fat removal involves using a thin hollow tube that penetrates the skin to manually loosen fat.

what-does-liposuction-costSuction is utilized through the hollow tube to withdraw fat from the body with specialized vacuum-powered devices. Suction may be manual, using a large syringe attached to the hollow tube, for extracting fat from small areas such as the face.

Liposuction Cost

The liposuction cost is an important factor when deciding upon treatment. Because you’re spending your money to look and feel better about youself, it’s important to strive for high quality results.

If you choose a cosmetic surgeon who is at the low end of the price spectrum, there may be more undesirable outcomes, such as large scars revealing the liposuction treatment, uneven and irregular results with depressions in the skin, excessive liposuction resulting in a disfigured or unnatural look, and an incomplete procedure with little proof that liposuction actually happened.

The total cost of liposuction is made up of the surgical fees and the non-surgical fees. The non-surgical fee includes the prices of the supplies, post-operative garments, pre-operative laboratory tests, nursing staff and operating room. The surgical fees signify the cost of liposuction of every individual area.

Approximate Costs of Liposuction:

Outer Thighs- $1,600 - $5,000
Hips/Waist- $1,600 - $5,000
Inner Thighs and Knees- $2,000 - $5,000
Anterior Thighs and Knees- $2,000 - $5,000
Male Flanks- $2,000 - $5,000
Chin, Cheeks, Jowls, Neck- $2,000 - $4,500
Buttocks- $1,500 - $4,500
Male Breasts- $3,000 - $5,000
Female Breasts- $3,000 - $7,500
Arms- $1,500 - $5,000
Lower Abdomen- $2,000
Upper and Lower Abdomen- $3,000 - $7,500

Local anesthesia is usually used, but if an anesthesiologist is needed, there is an additional fee.


Factors that determine the cost of liposuction include the preoperative laboratory fees, operating room fees, the anesthesiologist’s services, the duration of time and effort needed by the cosmetic surgeon, the patient’s size, and other related expenses.

Variables Affecting the Cost of Liposuction

The expected time and effort to complete a liposuction surgery is the highest level of importance when determining the cost of liposuction. Factors include the anticipated degree of difficulty, the size of the patient, and the number of areas that will be treated. Other variables include the cosmetic surgeon’s geographical location, and the cosmetic surgeon’s experience.


Many cosmetic surgeons will quote a single global cost that should include each possible surgery-related expense in one lump sum. The global cost of liposuction is made up of the anesthesiologist’s fee, the non-surgical fee, and the surgical fees. Some cosmetic surgeons prefer to give patients an itemized list of all the estimated liposuction costs.

The liposuction costs should include recommended drugs, antibiotic fees, post-operative elastic compression garments, pre-operative lab fees, operating room fee, the anesthesiologist’s fee, and the money paid to the surgeon for his services.

Financing and loans for cosmetic surgery are available through private finance companies. Often, patients just pay using a credit card. Liposuction is a luxury procedure that should require careful consideration.