When considering liposuction prices, there is more to account for than you might initially realize. It’s not simply a matter of comparing prices in your area to look for the lowest offer—what you really want is the best value for your money. While this is true when shopping for most products or services, nowhere is it more critical than where your body is concerned. Surgery is a big decision, one which will have long term ramifications. If you want those ramifications to be positive, then you’ll need to find the best deal not just in terms of the cost of liposuction, but also in terms of the value you’ll receive for your money.
What fees are included in the total Liposuction Cost
Liposuction cost includes a number of fees; when you’re quoted a price, ask what fees are included in the cost you’re being quoted. There is generally the fee for the use of the operating room, the anesthesiologist’s fee, and the fees for the surgeon and other staff members. Generally you’ll also need to pay for pre-operative lab tests, and post-operative supplies such as compression garments and medications. Make sure you’re comparing consistently quoted figures when you shop around for the best deal on liposuction.
The question to ask is whether you’re being quoted a global liposuction fee or merely a surgical fee. The global fee will include all those extras which are going to be tacked onto the price if you don’t account for them now. You may also ask for an itemized list that shows you in detail what the costs are expected to be for every element of the operation and your pre- and post-operative care. This type of fee estimate is probably the best one you can get since it makes it far less likely that there will be unanticipated costs which you don’t understand.
Factors that impact the Liposuction Cost?
On the picture you can see a list of the prices for liposuction according to the treated body areas. There are a number of other reasons that price may vary:
- As we mentioned before the first factor which is going to affect the price of liposuction is what part or parts of your body you want worked on. Some body parts are far more expensive than others. For example, you won’t be paying as much for your outer thighs in all likelihood as you would for your upper and lower abdomen. Since there are many other factors impacting cost, you will need to incorporate those factors into your calculations since they can offset prices in either direction. There is always going to be a broad price range for a given operation.
- What are some other factors specific to the operation itself that can impact the price? The size of the area you need work on will impact the price—the larger the area, the higher the price is going to be. The length of time expected for the operation will also have an impact on the price—as you might expect, longer operations are going to cost you more money. The degree of difficulty for a given surgical task may also raise the price. The more areas of the body you want to have worked on, the higher the price is going to be.
- The liposuction technique (for more info on the liposuction techniques click the link) that will be used plays an important role in the final cost of a liposuction treatment! For example the utilization of Laser liposuction seems to be a much less expensive option comparing to conventional liposuction! The list on the right shows the difference in cost between laser/conventional lipo
- Some of the factors that affect the price of liposuction have nothing to do with the surgical requirements. For example, the location of a particular surgeon can have an impact on price. You may find that traveling out of town to see a surgeon in a small rural area may save you money over seeing a surgeon who serves a big city. Don’t forget to account for the price of travel if you’re thinking about going out of town to see a surgeon.
- There are some other reasons why you might find lower prices for liposuction that you should be wary of. Some surgeons cannot charge as much money as others because their services are not in high demand. In some cases this may be the result of poor advertising or a rural area where there aren’t as many clients, in which case it could be a great deal. In others, however, it may be because the surgeon has had unhappy patients in the past and doesn’t have a great track record. You may also find that it’s simply because the surgeon doesn’t have a lot of experience yet. While an experienced surgeon with a long, good track record will probably be the optimal choice, newer surgeons are often quite competent—and everyone starts somewhere.If you do select a surgeon who is less qualified than others and has a poor track record, keep in mind you may not really be getting a bargain. You could very well end up getting sub-par work done which needs corrections and enhancements later. You also might end up with a higher risk of complications including infections. This just isn’t worth it in any respect. Pay a little more and you could get a lot more value.
You need to weigh the costs and the reasons carefully before you select a surgeon for your liposuction procedure. What looks like a great deal on the surface may or may not be one underneath. One of the best things you can do while you’re shopping around is ask for references and look at reviews (Realself.com is a good solution for this). References should be people you can call up and actually talk to about their experiences. This can give you a better idea whether the surgeon you’re thinking of using for your procedure is qualified and is right for your procedure. You may want to take the surgeon’s customer service skills into account too; after all, this person will be modifying the shape of your body. You want them to be respectful of you and your vision.
When you’re requesting a liposuction estimate, you probably don’t want to do so over the phone except as a first check to see whether a surgeon is worthy of further investigation or not. If something on the phone is right out of your price range, you can move on. If something you’re quoted over the phone is close to your price range, you probably want to keep shopping around and check back for a more accurate assessment. Estimates given over the phone are never precise since the patient hasn’t been examined. You’ll be quoted a price for a small area, but if the area is larger, the price could be higher.
Ultimately you’re going to want to get a written estimate from a surgeon before you commit to liposuction. Optimally this should include a complete rundown of costs in an itemized list. If a surgeon is not totally open about fees, then you should go with someone more transparent and trustworthy; surgeons who aren’t open about costs may also be less than forthcoming about the procedure or their reputations.
While you’re choosing your liposuction surgeon, keep in mind that you will probably be responsible for the full share of costs. Since liposuction is considered an elective surgery, in most cases insurance companies do not cover it. Most people either wait until they can afford to pay for liposuction with cash or they get private loans or lines of credit to pay for their surgery. It’s also common to travel to try and get cheaper costs for the same level of value. Ask yourself what you can afford—but remember that what you can’t afford under any circumstance is subpar surgery. If you have to wait, it’s best to do so until you can afford to get your operation from a highly qualified surgeon who will provide you with great value.