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Liposuction

In spite of regular exercise and a healthy diet, some unwanted fat simply will not go away.

Liposuction is a surgical means of removing stubborn fat deposits to give you the lean contours you desire.

What can liposuction do for me?

Improved Definition and Confidence

Look Your Best

Unresponsive fat deposits can affect even the healthiest men and women. Liposuction can help you enjoy accomplishments such as weight loss and childbirth to the fullest.

Immediate Results

Although liposuction will require some downtime in order to fully recover, you will be able to notice an immediate refinement in your figure.

Feel Good about Yourself

If stubborn fat makes you feel self-conscious, liposuction can help you love how you look both in and out of your favorite clothing.

How can liposuction give me the body I want? ​

An Incredibly Popular Treatment

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What can liposuction do for me?

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Candidacy Requirements

Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment. Instead, it is intended to eliminate small amounts of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. You may be a candidate if you:

  • Have fat deposits in the midsection, arms, thighs, or neck
  • Have sufficient skin elasticity
  • Are less than 20 pounds overweight

Take a closer look at the liposuction process...

The Liposuction Procedure

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You will receive local anesthesia and sedation to maintain your comfort throughout the procedure.

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The surgeon creates several small incisions in the treatment area.

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A long, thin suction device called a cannula is inserted through the incision and moved gently back and forth to loosen fat tissue, which is suctioned out from below the skin.

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Sutures are used to close the incisions.

Okay, but can I afford it?

The Cost of Liposuction

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon's fee for liposuction in 2017 was $3,374, not including expenses such as facility fees and anesthesia. These fees can add $1,200 or more to the total cost of treatment.

So what can affect the price of my treatment?

Cost Factors

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Scope of Treatment

The main factor that affects the cost of liposuction is the extent of treatment. The number of areas treated and the amount of fat being removed play a major role in the price of liposuction.

Advancecd Technology

Traditional liposuction uses a thin tube called a cannula to remove fatty tissue. Some surgeons have other advanced treatment options, such as VASERlipo® or Smartlipo, that can provide significant benefits, but can also raise the cost of liposuction.

Your Surgeon's Experience

One of the most important factors in achieving your cosmetic goals is choosing an experienced and skilled surgeon. However, treatment from a surgeon with more hours of experience typically costs more.

Is there anything else that might affect the cost?

Cost Per Treatment Area

Another important factor to keep in mind is that treating different areas of the body will involve different surgeon's fees. The areas you wish to address play a significant role in the overall cost of your treatment.

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I'm still not sure. Do I have other options?

Choosing the Right Treatment

Liposuction is generally more affordable than a tummy tuck, which usually consists of liposuction in addition to the removal of loose skin and the repair of separated abdominal muscles. Choosing between these two procedures is primarily a matter of candidacy.

There are also noninvasive treatments, such as cryolipolysis (known commercially as CoolSculpting®), that are less expensive. CoolSculpting involves freezing fat cells, which are then naturally expelled by the body. However, it removes only a fraction of the fat that can be removed in one liposuction treatment.

There are also injectable treatments such as Kybella® that are used specifically to eliminate fat deposits under the chin.

While cost may influence which procedure you choose, there are many other aspects to consider:

Procedure Average Surgeon's Fee in 2017* Multiple Treatments Recovery Results
Liposuction $3,374 No 2 days to 2 weeks Removes up to 11 pounds of fat
Tummy Tuck $5,992 No 2 to 4 weeks Removes fat and excess skin
Cryolipolysis $1,481 Yes None Eliminates up to 25% of fat cells
Kybella $1,149 Yes 2 to 3 days Depends on the number of treatments

*According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

OK, I want liposuction. But how do I pay for it?

Payment Options

Insurance

Generally, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance. However, if you are receiving liposuction to treat a medical issue, insurance may cover a percentage.

Third-Party Lenders

Most cosmetic surgeons partner with lenders such as CareCredit® and LendingClub® to offer flexible, low-interest financing options. These plans can minimize your up-front costs.

But is it really worth it?

Liposuction May Benefit Your Health as Well as Your Appearance

Reduce Side Effects

Areas of stubborn fat can cause daily discomfort. By eliminating pockets of fat, you can relieve these issues.

Build Better Habits

Retaining the results of liposuction can require altering certain habits, such as how much you exercise.

Improve Your Overall Well-Being

Many patients experience a shift in how they feel about themselves, leading to a healthier self-image.

Get a Personalized Cost Estimate

The best way to find out how much liposuction will really cost is to schedule an appointment with a surgeon. Make sure to ask plenty of questions during your appointment in order to learn exactly what is included in the cost.

Is liposuction my best option?

Discuss Your Goals with a Doctor

When diet and exercise fail to eliminate unwanted fat tissue, liposuction can help you love the way you look. Speak to your doctor today if you are considering taking a surgical stance against stubborn fat.

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