Thinking about liposuction? You're not the only one. Liposuction is one of MEDIGO's most popular plastic and cosmetic surgery treatments.
If you're feeling confused about the cost of liposuction, this guide is designed to clear up any uncertainty and help you find the right plastic surgeon.
How much does liposuction cost?
In the United States, liposuction will cost about $6,000 for 1 area (thighs) and $18,000 for 3 areas. Most insurances do not cover liposuction. There are also many hidden fees associated with liposuction in the United States. Anesthesia and bandages, for example, aren't always included in the final quote.
With private clinics in the UK, a liposuction procedure costs approximately $5,200. For more complex procedures on multiple areas of the body, you will pay up to $20,000.
For surgery in one area of the body in Australia it costs around $5,000, whilst 4 or more areas of the body cost as much as $20,000.
How big is an 'area'?
This varies from surgeon to surgeon. Dr. Zsolt Laszlo, an experienced plastic surgeon from Hungary, defines an area as 'approximately the size of a palm'.
Some parts of the body have a greater density of fat than others, which will also affect how one 'area' is defined.
Average cost of 1 area liposuction in the US ($)
The average cost of liposuction in the US vs. Mexico.
Where are the best liposuction deals?
Going abroad for liposuction is an option for people looking for more affordable treatment. Someone from the United States could save up to 70% on liposuction by going across the border to Mexico, even with travel expenses and hotels.
With this in mind, it's no surprise that over 2,000 people have come to MEDIGO looking for liposuction abroad in the past few years. That's a lot of people. We work closely with accredited clinics and plastic surgeons all over the world to help patients find treatment.
Here's a selection of the best liposuction prices around the world:
Dr. Molnar is one of Hungary's leading plastic surgeons, with many years of experience treating international patients. Here's an example of what liposuction by area costs at his clinic.
Tummy, waist, thighs
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What affects the cost of liposuction?
Liposuction must be carried out by a certified plastic surgeon and requires a significant amount of skill and expertise. As a result, the cost of liposuction can be expensive. The cost of liposuction varies significantly around the world, and it's important to understand what affects the end price. These are the main factors which affect the cost of liposuction:
- Number of areas. Liposuction can be performed on pretty much any area of the body. The more areas you want surgery on, the higher the cost will be.
- Amount of fat. A greater amount of fat requires a longer procedure and will cost more.
- Destination. Some countries are more expensive than others, but this isn't necessarily a reflection of quality.
The final price of liposuction depends on your own personal circumstances and preferences, so it's vital that you consult with a plastic surgeon. Our Patient Care Team work with surgeons across the globe to get accurate quotes for patients on a daily basis – simply fill out the inquiry form below if you're looking for a more accurate cost estimate.
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Liposuction – Plastic Surgeon FAQs
We spoke to Dr. Miklos Molnar – one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in Hungary – about the liposuction procedure and what to expect.
Can you explain the liposuction procedure?
Due to the development of the techniques and safety of the surgeries, liposuction is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery.
Every second or third day we do a liposuction procedure. Sometimes we just do liposuction alone, or we use it as a combined procedure to complement further body restoration.
The aim of liposuction is to remove the fat which is located in undesired places. We prefer traditional liposuction, when a vacuum system is used to take off the fat. The vacuum is high power and we use a special cannula with different diameters which is inserted into the body to remove the fat.
Where can liposuction be performed?
Liposuction can be performed on any part of the body – but with caution. Some people think that liposuction is taking away just the fat – no, it's not just the fat. It's also liquid which contains blood, vitamins, sodium, potassium. So when we remove the fat we have to also consider the patient's overall health.
What is recovery like after liposuction?
After surgery, the pain is not the biggest issue for patients, but instead it's the effect of the blood loss and the accelerated metabolism of the body. So the recovery of liposuction is quite short in medical terms, but for general wellbeing it takes about three to four months to recover.
After one week, the stitches are removed so people can travel. They need special care when they return to their home country, called a lymphatic massage. Because the area where the surgery was performed is swollen, the massage helps to reduce the swelling.
- Travel home after 1 week
- Full recovery takes 3 to 4 months
What affects liposuction cost?
More areas means more procedure time. Liposuction procedures around the trunk all have similar costs, but if you would like liposuction on the extremities – the upper arm or on the hand – this has an elevated cost. And people forget that there are two arms, so liposuction on the arms, in combination with the trunk liposuction, will cost more.
We don't do liposuction under local anesthesia – that could be a means where you could save some money – because liposuction under local anesthesia is not so effective. But we can do a better job if you are sleeping, because we can reach all the necessary areas.
Is liposuction safe?
Yes, it is. The procedure itself is perfectly safe. The key thing is finding an accredited clinic and plastic surgeon.
It is important to look for international accreditations such as JCI (Joint Commission International) when searching for a clinic, as well as the qualifications and experience of the surgeon.
Patient reviews are another good indicator of the quality of the clinic, and are the most honest and clear judgement of the level of care.
Services to look out for when researching clinics include translation and interpretation, airport transfers, hotel booking, car rental booking, sightseeing tours, and currency exchange. These clinics are well-equipped to handle patients who are traveling from abroad.
If you're looking for an accredited plastic surgeon in Mexico specifically, you might find our patient guide useful.
What are the different types of liposuction?
The basic concept of liposuction will never change. Instruments are used to break up the fat, which is then removed from the body. There are a few different methods, though.
Traditional liposuction involves the insertion of a surgical tube called a cannula into the area where the undesired fat is located. The cannula is attached to a vacuum, which is used to remove the fat.
Vaser liposuction uses similar methods, but utilizes high-frequency ultrasound to break up the fat cells more effectively.
Laser-assisted liposuction is pretty self-explanatory. Laser energy breaks up the fat, and the cannula removes it.
Liposuction patient story
David from Australia went to Bangpakok 9 Hospital in Thailand.
I started looking into the idea of going to Thailand for liposuction after getting some very expensive quotes back home in Australia. After coming across MEDIGO and speaking with a Care Team member, I decided to go for it.
Admittedly I was very worried before I traveled for treatment. I felt quite nervous, not just because of the procedure but also because it was my 1st time abroad. I went on my own and had no idea what to expect.
Somehow I manage to deal with the nerves and make it to Bangkok, where I enjoyed 2 nights before my first appointment. That helped me to relax.
The service I received at the hospital was fantastic. It was so well organized and they did everything they could to put me at ease. I'd seen lots of horror stories in the Australian media, but the quality was outstanding. MEDIGO were there for me to call at any time if ever I needed to.
The end result was fantastic, better than I expected. I feel so much more confident now.
I've since recommended both MEDIGO and medical travel in general to my relatives and friends.
My best advice is to do your own research and go in with an open mind.
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