Liposuction is a major plastic surgery procedure that should be considered carefully according to the patient’s needs, while costs should be a secondary consideration. However, cost still remains a starting point for many patients for an elective procedure such as liposuction. During the first appointment, the surgeon will discuss all aspects, including the estimate cost of liposuction.
The foremost concern of the plastic surgeon is to ensure that the patient makes a well-informed decision about the procedure. MBody, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, provides liposuction to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, and surrounding communities.
Extent of Surgery
One of the key determinants of the sticker price of liposuction plastic surgery is the amount of fat to be removed and the number of areas to be treated. For instance, fat removal from the abdomen may cost much lesser in comparison to fat reduction from the midsection, flanks, and buttocks.
In many cases, liposuction is combined with other procedures, which will make the overall procedure more cost-effective. Some patients may choose advanced skin etching or high definition liposuction techniques to attain a “six pack” look, which can cost much more.
Fee Charged by the Surgeon
A highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon may charge a higher fee in many cases. These surgeons are hard-pressed for time because of the large number of patients who seek their services. These surgeons will often employ latest technologies and techniques, which could also cost more. For instance, laser, or radio frequency assisted liposuction can be less invasive, but these technologies come for a price.
In any case, the patient is likely to reap benefits for a long time after paying a one-time fee for such an advanced aesthetic surgery procedure. The plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, and nearby areas.
Surgical Facility, Anesthesia, and Recovery
Liposuction procedure may be performed at a surgeon’s private surgical suite or at a hospital, which can be the costlier option. Nowadays many procedures are also performed at ambulatory surgical centers, which are less expensive compared to a hospital but may be better equipped than a surgical suite.
If the procedure is performed using general anesthesia, it will involve the services of an anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist nurse. Local anesthesia will cost much lesser in case the surgeon chooses this option. Recovery process in liposuction may also involve certain expenses such as surgical garments, prescription drugs, and post-operative visits to the surgeon’s office.
Liposuction is primarily an elective procedure performed for cosmetic purposes, which precludes insurance coverage in most cases. However, if excessive fat deposits have occurred due to chronic steroid developments, or lipedema, which is a rare disease involving excess fatty tissue in the legs, the insurance coverage may be available. In a few cases, even breast reduction through liposuction may be fully or partially covered under insurance.
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