Laser Liposuction vs Traditional Tumescent Liposuction Costs
Many different forms of liposuction are available to those looking to trim down exercise-resistant fat deposits. What we now call “traditional” liposuction (tumescent liposuction) has become only one option to remove fat, having been joined by other forms of liposuction, such as laser liposuction methods. Laser liposuction is less invasive than tumescent liposuction, requiring a shorter recovery afterward. Liposuction procedures run between $2,500 and $4,500, according to national averages. The costs of laser vs. traditional liposuction differ by approximately $1,000, on average.
Of course, there are many costs factoring into the overall price of any liposuction procedure. Surgeon’s fees, hospital or facility fees, anesthesia fees, and costs of prescriptions, bandages, etc. can all factor in. Many of these fees vary widely depending on geographic area. Additionally, surgeon’s fees may vary based on experience. Plus, the size of the area being treated, and the number of areas receiving treatment, will also impact the overall cost of your liposuction procedure.
Traditional (Tumescent) Liposuction: Avg. National Cost=$3,000
This method of liposuction has been time-tested to be very effective, but is surgically very complex. It also uses general anesthesia, and involves incisions that must be stitched up. Patients must spend some time in recovery after the surgery, before returning home. The total cost of traditional liposuction averages around $3,000. This average is based on figures provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). However, it leaves out a number of influencing factors, and pricing differences. For instance, certain areas like the arms or buttocks, do not require as extensive a procedure as other areas. Traditional liposuction on the arms usually costs under $1700. Breast liposuction, on the other hand, is quite expensive, and can cost up to $5,000, on average. Combining multiple areas into one surgery will also cause prices to increase.
Because this traditional liposuction requires general anesthesia, patients should anticipate an additional $1,000, on average, for the anesthesia fee. Around $1,000 more may be spent on hospital fees and supplies such as bandages and prescription medication.
Laser Liposuction: Avg. National Cost=$4,000
Laser Liposuction involves only a small incision to insert a small cannula containing laser fiber to direct energy at specific areas of unwanted fat. Many surgeons charge a flat fee for the first area treated, which averages $4,000, but then offer reduced rates for additional areas. The national average for additional areas of the body treated is $2,000.
Laser liposuction involves additional fees as well. If you are having only one area treated, local anesthetic can often be used in laser liposuction. This means that you may spend less money—closer to $500, than $1,000—than someone receiving traditional liposuction, which always requires general anesthesia. However, if you are undergoing multiple laser liposuction procedures at once, or if your surgeon is working on a particularly large area, you may require general anesthesia. Facility fees will generally run about the same as those for traditional liposuction—around $1,000. However, you may spend less on supplies such as bandages and prescription medications, as the recovery for laser liposuction is generally shorter and less painful than that of traditional liposuction.
The national average costs can provide a good guide to liposuction prices, but you should keep in mind that board-certified surgeons with more experience will generally charge more than those who haven’t been in the field as long. It is always most important to remember that when it comes to surgery of any kind, you should select a quality doctor, and be wary of deals on liposuction that seem too good to be true. To learn more to to schedule a consultation with a certified plastic surgeon near you, contact us today.