Surgery costs usually depend on the nature of the surgery itself, the urgency or demand for the surgery to be done, the available resources that will be used and the expenses for the people who will administer the surgery. In the case of cosmetic surgeries today, the costs are usually influenced by the demand and availability for the public and at times, the name of the people and company qualified to do it. One example of these practices is liposuction.
Lipoplasty (liposculpture suction lipectomy) or more popularly known as liposuction or lipo, is a surgical operation that aims to remove unwanted fat from various body parts. Lipoplasty or "fat modeling" aims to sculpt different parts of the body and get rid of fats for cosmetic purposes. With the advancement happening in cosmetic surgery, suction-assisted fat removal caters to areas ranging from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, to the neck, arms, chest and body regions where fat usually accumulates and where flab develops.
In general, and quite similar to a lot of plastic surgery procedures, the actual liposuction cost can range between $800 to $1,000 and more, depending on its complexity. Here's how to understand the rough breakdown of that estimate:
- Surgeon's fees - Cosmetic surgeons are licensed to administer liposuction. You have to look for a plastic surgeon that specializes in liposuction and can weigh the difference in liposuction costs. It will be easier to estimate the liposuction cost after you have done an initial examination with your surgeon. Let them be your calculator and administer a surgical plan for the procedure. It is also wise to expect that highly qualified, board-certified surgeons may command higher fees. All in all, the most important thing to consider is that you should only entrust the operation to a reputable and highly qualified surgeon to perform the liposuction procedure.
- Anesthesia fees - Anesthesia that will be used in the operation will also affect the cost, especially for those that will take more than one session. Different anesthesia dosages and types will of course be applied; thus nose surgery, cataract removal or tummy tuck costs will vary.
- Operating facility fees - In addition to the surgeon and anesthesia, the cost will also be determined by the actual liposuction techniques. The more advanced the procedure is, the higher the costs of the materials involved. These also include after-operation items such as compression garments and bandages worn after the liposuction surgery, and other fees for post-operative care and laboratory tests. By practice, some surgeons will also prescribe treatments like ultrasound, massage, or endermology after liposuction. You can request cosmetic surgery photos so that these operations will be clear to you and you can ask your surgeon in advance to advise you.
There are other factors to be considered but those are already specific cases, like if you need to travel for your liposuction procedure, you will need to consider your travel and accommodation expenses. Comparison of these major factors' effects on your liposuction surgery should not compromise your well-being. Even with these budget guidelines, keep in mind that your safety is of the utmost importance and should not be hindered by a fixed budget before undergoing the procedure.