Liposuction is a procedure in which pockets of fat are removed from your body. It could be your next step if you feel diet and exercise have not yielded the physical results you are looking for. Before deciding to undertake any surgery.  The costs should be taken into account.

Some factors to consider when determining the price of your surgery include your size, the size of the area being worked on, the amount of time and effort required from the surgeon, anesthesia, operating room fees, and preoperative laboratory fees. Below we outline these as best as possible, so you have a checklist to help you decide if you want to spend the money and undergo liposuction.


The table below is an overview of the cost of liposuction surgery in the United States broken down by areas of the body. Be sure to consult your doctor before undergoing liposuction for a more detailed breakdown of costs that will apply to your case.   

Average Table Of Cost Of Liposuction Broken Down By Body Area*

Body AreaAverage range of Cost of Liposuction
Abdomen$2,500 to $8,000
Arms$2,000 to $6,000
Back$2,000 to $8,000
Breasts (male or female)$3,000 to $7,000
Buttocks$2,000 to $5,000
Face (including cheeks and neck)$2,000 to $5,000
Outer Thighs$2,000 to $6,000
Inner Thighs$2,000 to $6,000
Waist$3,000 to $6,000

* These costs are for the doctor only and exclude anesthesia, hospital and other ancillary costs.

Other hidden costs

Calculating hidden costs is difficult without knowing the details of the liposuction that is taking place. Details like the number of areas being treated, the size of the patient, and the anticipated degree of difficulty. Typically liposuction takes more time if a patient was previously over-weight and then lost a significant amount of weight. It is also more difficult to undergo liposuction if a patient has already received liposuction on an area that now contains scar tissue. Generally speaking the higher the level of difficulty of surgery is, the higher the price will be.

Liposuction-Cost-2Your surgeon’s experience – Your surgeons clout and their location also factors into the price you will pay. Surgeons with solid reputations that are in high demand will typically charge more than a surgeon with less experience. Although price is a major factor to some patients, it is not the most essential factor when considering liposuction surgery. It is important to be confident in your doctor and to come out of surgery with the least amount of complications, which might come at a higher price.

Anesthesia – Being put to sleep for surgery is an added cost that can range from $600-$1,200 depending on the surgery, the location, and the doctor’s experience.

Bed Rest – The size of the area where liposuction was performed will effect the amount of time needed to fully recover from the procedure.  The larger the area, the longer the healing process could be. Typically recovery is pretty fast and patients can expect to return to work within a week.

If you had liposuction on a larger portion of your body, you will probably take a little longer to heal and may even need to stay in the hospital or facility overnight. So apart from the cost of the hospital during surgery or the first night after the procedure, patients must also take into account the number of days they will be out of work in order to budget for the income they will lose during the recovery process.

Operating Room – The operating room expense typically covers the expense of the nurses and the room rented out for surgery. These charges vary depending on the doctor and the location in which you undergo surgery.