Liposuction cost varies depending on factors like exactly what area of the body is going to be worked on, what lipo technique is being used and how many times a procedure will have to be repeated in order for it to have the desired effect. How much a patient ultimately pays for their lipo surgery also depends on what plastic surgeon he or she chooses and whether or not their medical plan or health insurance will assist with the payments.
There is no one set price for any typical lipo procedure but studies have managed to determine what price range any given procedure will fall into. The cheapest of the lipo surgeries appears to be the removal of fatty tissue from the back and, here, prices usually range from $1,500 to $4,000 per procedure. The most expensive of the lipo surgeries, on the other hand, appears to be both the remodeling of the breasts and the upper and lower abdomen. Again, there is no set median price for either treatment but prices here lie between $3,000 and $7,500.
There are also certain rules about how health insurance and medical plans treat liposuction cost claims. The most basic rule appears to be that, if the surgery was undertaken purely for aesthetic reasons, no part of the costs will be covered. If, however, the surgery was a matter of necessity then the plan should cover at least a portion of the costs. It’s important to know this prior to talking to a doctor since without funding, a surgery isn’t really possible.
Further factors that influence exactly how much the lipo bill will be at the end of the day include how big the patient is and how much fat needs to be removed. It is also often forgotten that liposuction cost will include such incidentals as operating room fees, lab fees, anesthesia costs and recovery costs (especially if there are complications).