Common Question: How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The world of plastic surgery goes through constant development. New technologies make their way into the market every year, making plastic surgeons’ work more comfortable and safer. However, these changes can go even further. Similarly, depending on different factors, the price for a cosmetic procedure can fluctuate as well.
Although the yearly-published Plastic Surgery Statistics Report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) can help you find the average price for your desired procedure, not everything is black and white. Depending on numerous factors, the price for a specific procedure may vary from one practitioner to another. Experience, treatment area, technology – all of these factors must be weighed in before receiving a final price quote.
Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, the most frequent questions surrounding procedure pricing have to do with one of the classics in body contouring – liposuction! For that reason, today, we’re taking the time to better understand this subject. You’re about to find out why the price for liposuction can vary significantly and why the medical team led by Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, is more than prepared to guide you through your own body contouring procedure.
What is a Liposuction Procedure?
First, a few words concerning the procedure itself. The idea behind liposuction is straightforward – through a small incision, a small tube, called a cannula, is inserted under your skin to dislodge and remove unwanted fatty tissue, resulting in superior body contouring. Depending on the cannula shape, size, and the number of holes, different amounts of fatty tissue can be removed.
Although our thoughts on liposuction lead us directly to the abdominal area, the treatment is a lot more versatile. Dr. Vinyard can perform this procedure in numerous body areas, such as the neck, upper arms, hips, back, and thighs, to name a few. Furthermore, to improve your results, Dr. Vinyard can recommend combining liposuction with other cosmetic procedures, such as an abdominoplasty (commonly known as a tummy tuck).
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?
The notion of body contouring is appealing for many of us. However, as with any other cosmetic procedure, some patients can benefit from liposuction more than others can. There are limitations on each procedure, which is why you must keep your expectations surrounding the liposuction’s outcome realistic.
Suppose you are within 30% of your ideal body weight and lead a healthy lifestyle based on regular exercise and a proper diet. In that case, liposuction is the perfect procedure for you since it will help you lose stubborn fatty tissue in no time. However, patients who experience weight issues or who look at this procedure to lose substantial weight are not fit for liposuction.
What is the Liposuction Average Price?
Now that we’ve learned a thing or two about liposuction, let’s dive deeper into the subject of prices. According to the ASPS statistics, the average price for a liposuction procedure has grown from $3,200 in 2016 to $3,548 in 2019. However, as we mentioned earlier, this should not be considered a fixed price quote.
At our office in Port St. Lucie, FL, Dr. Vinyard will invite you for a complimentary consultation to assess your medical history and determine how liposuction can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Based on this information, he will present you with a detailed price quote for review. This will include Dr. Vinyard’s professional fee (pre-op visit and all follow-up visits), anesthesia fees, facility fees, and your compression garment.
To better understand how it is calculated, let’s examine the main factors in determining the liposuction price.
#1: Number of Treatment Areas
Because of its versatility, liposuction can apply to numerous body areas, from the neck to the thighs and beyond. The price will inherently fluctuate based on the number of treatment areas. Furthermore, specific body areas, such as the chest and back, will be more expensive to treat than areas like the arms due to the increased surface area. However, for patients whose bodies typically store fatty tissue in areas with a reduced surface, the prices will likely be lower.
#2: The Amount of Fatty Tissue Being Removed
Another deciding factor has to do with the amount of fatty tissue that is being removed. Dealing with larger amounts of fat requires more time and a more skilled plastic surgeon who knows how to remove the appropriate amount of tissue without harming the patient.
#3: Surgeon Experience
In the world of plastic surgery, you get what you pay for. Choosing a reputable plastic surgeon whose credentials speak from themselves will influence your liposuction price. Choosing an inexperienced or uncertified surgeon may cause more harm than good or more disappointment than joy. At the end of the day, enjoying your results is all that matters, and an experienced plastic surgeon will help you achieve those results in a safe, professional manner.
What Should I Look for in a Plastic Surgeon?
In the last few paragraphs, we’ve put more emphasis on the plastic surgeon and their training. Always remember that the plastic surgeon is the one who guides you from the procedure to the results. The more qualified they are to perform a procedure, the better the chances for you to enjoy a wonderful experience!
In the world of plastic surgery, not all practitioners are born equal. Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Vinyard has been performing liposuctions for many years with splendid results. Furthermore, he is a proud owner of the Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon certification, the golden standard for any US practitioner. Through this certification, you can be sure that Dr. Vinyard’s credentials and continuous training put him among the country’s elite plastic surgeons. His plastic surgery approach is natural – trying to create a welcoming environment and build long-lasting relationships with his patients. He would be more than honored to guide you through your liposuction procedure and bring your desired results to life.
Achieve results in a safe, professional manner.
Since VIPS is all about customer care, our wish is to make our treatments affordable for any of our would-be patients, who are gradually switching from one-time payments to payment plans. As such, if you prefer to have a better handle on your money and you qualify for our financing program, the price for a liposuction procedure can be as low as $110/month! Care to learn more about liposuction prices? Contact us and book your complimentary consultation with Dr. Vinyard today.
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