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Liposuction costs vary more from doctor to doctor than the fees for any other plastic surgery procedure. Liposuction costs for one procedure in a single area can run from $800 into the thousands. Some liposuction costs involve discounted rates for multiple areas or procedures done during a single surgery. Since liposuction costs include more than just the actual cost of the one procedure, many times some liposuction costs can be applied towards additional procedures.
Different plastic surgeons may structure their liposuction costs in a number of ways: for some, the liposuction costs are related to the time spent in actual surgery, other doctors may adjust the liposuction costs based upon the number of procedures done during the surgery, and some plastic surgeons figure their liposuction costs based upon the amount of fat suctioned out of the body. Patients discussing liposuction costs with their surgeons should make sure they understand the basis for any liposuction costs and are comfortable with the way in which those figures were reached.
Liposuction costs are dependent to an extent upon geography (like any plastic surgery), but other factors in liposuction costs include surgeon's fees, hospital fees, and costs of anesthesia, garments, medications, etc. Liposuction costs can add up quickly once all of these additional fees are added in, and if you suspect that liposuction costs being quoted to you are too low, they may be. Ask what exactly the liposuction costs include, and what is considered an additional fee.
2003 National Average for Physician/Surgeon Fees Per Procedure*
(Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)
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Patients who are exploring liposuction costs may find it helpful to consult a qualified plastic surgeon for advice.