How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
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Liposuction is a significant financial investment. If you’re considering body liposuction, you should budget around $10,000 plus or more. 

The exact cost depends on many factors, such as the target area, the practitioner’s fee, clinic or hospital fees, and more. The following discusses each of these factors.

Factors influencing the cost of liposuction

Target area

While body liposuction tends to be more expensive than chin liposuction, your price will be specific to the size of the treatment area and the length of the procedure.

For example, if significant treatment is needed to achieve a desired result or significant fat deposits need to be removed, the cost can vary a bit. This also is area-dependent—if it’s just thigh liposuction, that might be less than belly liposuction. However, with most practitioners, the more areas you treat in one procedure, the less it will cost if you do them individually. 

At ENRICH, we break up the targeted liposuction quote into areas, such as:

  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Back flanks
  • Outer thighs
  • Inner thighs
  • Post-axillary folds
  • Arms
  • Chin

Also, after your consultation with us and before the procedure, we provide a detailed quote outlining all associated costs.

Practitioner’s fees

The practitioner’s fee for liposuction can vary depending on a number of reasons, including their expertise, experience, and reputation. Plastic surgeons and qualified dermatologists can both perform liposuction. In fact, a dermatologist called Dr Jeffrey Klein developed the technique for tumescent liposuction!

Anaesthetist’s fees

On average, the hourly charge for an anaesthetist’s services can range from $600 to $1,500.

An anaesthetist’s fees depend on the type of anesthesia used and the duration of the procedure. Twilight sedation, for example, uses medication to induce a relaxed and drowsy state, allowing you to breathe on your own. This typically has lower fees than full general anesthesia, which completely puts you to sleep, requires a breathing tube, and calls for intensive monitoring. 

Clinic or hospital fees

Clinic or hospital fees for liposuction are usually $250 to $300 per hour. These fees can vary based on the location, the type of facility, and the duration of the surgery. 

Medication, dressings, and support garments

The expenses for medication, dressings, and support garments typically range from $200 to $500, depending on how your body responds to the procedure. Obviously, the longer your body takes to heal, the more of these items you need.

Total costs

If you plan on treating multiple areas, having them done simultaneously can help manage costs. However, due to safety regulations, a maximum of 5 litres of fat can be removed in a single procedure.

At ENRICH Clinic, we offer a no-obligation liposuction consultation. During this consultation, you can meet Dr. Rich and discuss what might be best for you. The consultation includes a costing of the procedure and areas where you feel you may need treatment. We do not quote or consult over the phone, as it’s important for Dr. Rich to discuss options with you in person, including any concerns you may have. 

Does Medicare cover liposuction costs?

In general, if the procedure is purely for cosmetic reasons, there is no Medicare rebate for liposuction. But if it’s for medical reasons, Medicare may apply. Medicare may cover liposuction if it’s for:

  • The treatment of Barraquer-Simons syndrome, a rare condition that causes loss of fat tissue. Liposuction may be used to address uneven fat distribution.
  • Lymphoedema, a condition characterised by swelling due to lymphatic system blockages. When you have lymphoedema, lymph fluid can spill into the surrounding tissues, causing inflammation and stimulating the growth of fat cells. Liposuction removes this excess fat that results directly from the lymphoedema.
  • Macrodystrophia lipomatosa, a rare congenital condition resulting in localised overgrowth of fatty and fibrous tissue. Liposuction is for removing excess fatty tissue to decrease the size of the affected area. This can improve:
    • Appearance
    • Mobility and function
    • Pain caused by overgrowth
  • The reduction of a buffalo hump. This refers to an abnormal fat deposit at the upper back or base of the neck. Liposuction directly removes excess fat cells from the buffalo hump to reduce its size and improve the contour of the neck and back.

But please consult Medicare and your practitioner before hand to get a clear understanding of what may or may not be reimbursable.

Important reminders before getting liposuction

1. You need a GP referral

Before undergoing liposuction, you will need a referral from a General Practitioner (GP). This referral must be presented at your initial consultation. 

2. You may need three appointments, including two consultations

According to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines, you must have at least two preoperative consultations if you’re seeking cosmetic surgery. One consultation will be with the practitioner performing the surgery, while the other will be with a nurse or another health practitioner.

3. You need to take a psychological assessment before the procedure

As part of the preoperative process, you will undergo a psychological evaluation, often in the form of a Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) questionnaire. This step helps ensure that you have realistic expectations and a healthy mindset regarding the procedure.

4. Your doctor must discuss expectations

Before proceeding with liposuction, your doctor will discuss your expectations for the surgery. This conversation ensures that you understand what the procedure can and cannot achieve, helping to align your goals with realistic outcomes.

5. Your doctor may decline to perform liposuction

If your doctor determines that liposuction is not in your best interest, they may decline to perform the procedure. This could be due to different reasons, including medical or psychological issues.

6. There is a cooling-off period

Before booking the surgery or paying a deposit, there is a mandatory cooling-off period of at least seven days. This period begins after you have had two consultations and given informed consent by signing consent forms. This step ensures you have ample time to consider your decision and avoid impulsive choices.

Learn more about liposuction at ENRICH

If you’re ready to take the next step and learn how liposuction might help you achieve your goals. Book a consultation with us today.

Please Note:

*With all surgeries or procedures, there are risks. Consult your physician (GP) before undertaking any surgical or cosmetic procedure. Please read the consent forms carefully and be informed about every aspect of your treatment. Some surgeries have a mandatory seven-day cooling-off period to give patients adequate time to be sure of their surgery choice. Results may also vary from person to person due to many factors, including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise. Before and after photos are only relevant to the patient in the photo and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience. Ask questions. Our team of dermatologists, doctors and nurses are here to help you with any of your queries. This page is not advice and is intended to be informational only. We endeavour to keep all our information up to date; however, this site is intended as a guide and not a definitive information portal or in any way constitutes medical advice.

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