The Techniques and Cost of Liposuction

Many who choose liposuction do so because they are not seriously overweight, but actually have very little weight to lose and have tried and failed with diet and exercise. Liposuction is not recommended for the obese. The techniques in liposuction being used today are the super wet technique which requires general anesthesia. About 8% of the removed fluid by super wet liposuction is blood. Another one is tumescent liposuction technique, which requires an injection of a large diluted volume of local anesthesia which contains lidocaine and epinephrine. This volume is so diluted that it causes the area to become swollen and firm (tumescent). This is the only technique where local anesthesia is allowed. About 1% of the fluid removed is blood.

A large volume of tumescent fluid is used in Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL). This type uses either a metal probe or metal paddle that delivers ultrasonic energy which heats subcutaneous fat. Power Assisted Techniques (PAL) are now available. These use power from electric motors or compressed air and produce a rapid in-and-out movement. They can also produce a spinning rotation of the attached liposuction cannula. Many say that PAL makes liposuction easier for surgeons.

If you are considering liposuction it’s best to research the cost first. However, quality is more important than the price of liposuction, but whether or not you can afford it is a factor as well. Don’t always go for the discounted price. Many liposuction patients have ended up back in the operating room due to botched discounted liposuction. Liposuction price is figured like this; non-surgical fees plus one or more surgical fees. Usually, the non-surgical fees include costs like the operating room, nursing staff, pre-operating lab tests, post-operative clothes and supplies. Surgical fees are generally the surgery itself for each individual area. Like let’s say you’re having different areas done at one time like your hips, thighs, and buttocks. Each would have its own cost. Hips cost $2400, thighs are $3000, and buttocks are $1800 and then there’s the non-surgical fee of $1600 making your total $8,800. You better decide if it’s all worth it.


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