The cost of liposuction and options for paying for liposuctionIf you take a quick survey of the many liposuction/cosmetic surgery websites currently on the Internet, you’ll find that the cost of liposuction can vary greatly across the US, but generally boils down to three primary factors:

  1. the area(s) of the body to be treated (with the size of the patient and the amount of time the doctor will need to invest being the primary considerations),
  2. the fee for the anesthesiologist’s services, and
  3. the cost of the operating facility/or hospital and supportive/nursing staff.  Other costs routinely include pre-op lab fees (blood work or other tests), cost of the elastic compression garments you’ll need, medications and prescriptions, and any specialized technology that may be used.

However, other variables that can affect price include the experience of the surgeon (those who consistently achieve outstanding results often charge more) and geographic location (in areas of the country where rent and labor costs are higher, one can expect to pay higher prices for liposuction).

Taking into consideration all standard costs (including doctor’s fee, anesthesiologist’s fee, the operating facility fee and other typical charges), the US national average cost of liposuction in one area of the body is $4000.  Liposuction in three areas of the body can range from $6000 to $8000, and in five areas, as high as $11,000.  (Because most plastic surgeons offer “package deals” whereby a patient can have multiple areas treated while paying a flat fee for the operating facility and anesthesia, many choose this option.)

 Table 1 – Cost of Liposuction, 2014

Average cost of Liposuction in the United States 2014
Body AreaPrice Range, $US
Abdomen, upper and lower3,000 – 7,500
Abdomen, lower2,000 – 2,500
Arms1,500 – 5,000
Back1,500 – 4,000
Breasts, Female3,000 – 7,500
Breasts, Male3,000 – 5,000
Buttocks1,500 – 4,500
Chin, Cheeks, Jowls, and Neck2,000 – 4,500
Flanks2,000 – 5,000
Hips/Waist1,600 – 5,000
Thighs and Knees (anterior)2,000 – 5,000
Thighs and Knees (inner)2,000 – 5,000
Thighs (outer)1,600 – 5,000

Table 2 – Average Metropolitan Price of Liposuction, 2014

Here’s a rundown of the average total costs from clinics from 5 major US cities (New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and Dallas).

Average Metropolitan Price of Liposuction 2014
One Body AreaThree Body AreasFive Body Areas
Surgeon 2,0005,0007,000
Anesthesiologist500800 1,000
Facility Fee7001,0001,200
Hospital Fee00500
Total$3,200 $6,800$9,700

Table 3 – Additional Procedures, 2014

Additional costs accrued when other common procedures are incorporated into liposuction.

Average Cost of Additional Procedures, 2014
ProcedureCost $US
Buttocks lift4,900
Cellulite massage treatment225
Laser treatment of leg veins400
Liposuction (suction-assisted) 2,700
Liposuction (ultrasound-assisted)3,000
Lower body lift7,900
Thigh lift 4,700
Tummy tuck 5,250
Upper arm lift3,600

All in all, no matter where you live, it’s always smart to shop around and keep in mind that lower prices does not always mean less quality medical care, nor does higher prices guarantee better care.