What does the average cost of liposuction for “love handles” cost? As well as tummy tuck? What would be an ideal candidate for these procedures?
The cost of liposuction varies widely depending upon a number of factors. One of these factors is who is doing the surgery. There are a number of minimally or non-trained physicians, many of whom are not surgeons, doing liposuction particularly using laser or other liposuction machines. Many of these physicians charge very low fees. Liposuction, however, is a very complex procedure with many risks including death, marked skin and soft tissue abnormalities and worsening of the cosmetic problem. Make certain that whomever you choose for the surgery is a board certified plastic surgeon with significant experience in liposuction over many years. The other main thing that affects the price is where the procedure will be done. If the liposuction can be done in the office under local anesthesia without sedation, the price is significantly less than doing it in a certified facility with anesthesia. If you are treating just the “love handles,” then an office procedure may very well be possible. An abdominoplasty does require anesthesia and a certified facility. However, most modern tummy tucks also incorporate liposuction in order to obtain an optimal cosmetic result. This liposuction can include the abdominal area but also may include the “love handles” and the hip areas. You are a candidate for liposuction alone if you simply have localized fat deposits you would like to remove without excess overlying skin. If, however, you also have excess skin, you need removal of the skin in addition to the fat. See a plastic surgeon with significant experience in body contouring who does both tummy tucks and liposuction. See http://www.surgery.org, http://www.PlasticSurgery.org or http://www.PlasticSurgeryToday.com for more information.
Liposuction for the love handles or hips depends on your body and what is needed. Liposuction starts at about $5K. Whether you need lipo or a tummy tuck depends on your body. Tummy tucks start at $8K ( all fees). hopefully this helps. Best to have a consultation to find out what is best plan for you.
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