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How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

Cost Of Liposuction

At Tampa Bay Plastic Surgery, your health, wellness, and aesthetic are our priorities. As such, we are proud to offer liposuction and other aesthetic services to improve your self-confidence and quality of life. Today, we discuss the cost of liposuction and everything else you need to know about the procedure.

Cost of Liposuction

The cost of liposuction depends on several factors, including the technique used, the type of anesthesia and/or sedation used, the amount of fat you need to be removed and the number of areas you are removing fat from. Your surgeon fee will be the same regardless of other factors. Keeping in mind that cost will vary based on size, here’s a brief overview of what to expect:

Stomach Liposuction

The cost of liposuction for the stomach can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 depending on the size of the stomach. Removing fat from the love handles can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $8,000 depending on the complexity and extent of the procedure. If you combine these two procedures, you can get your total cost down to $5,000, saving $1,500.

Flank Liposuction

Removing fat from the flanks isn’t nearly as complicated as removing fat from the love handles. Therefore, you are looking at a cost ranging from $2,500 to $6,000 depending on the technique used and how much fat you need to be removed.

Back Liposuction

The cost of back liposuction ranges from $2,000 to $4,500. Most people seek to remove fat from their shoulder blades and bra line.

Buttocks Liposuction

The cost of buttocks liposuction is around $3,500. To find out how much it will cost for you, please call us at Tampa Bay Plastic Surgery to schedule an initial consultation.

Thigh Liposuction

Thigh liposuction can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $6,000. Less expensive procedures only remove excess fat from the inner or outer thighs. More expensive procedures remove fat from the inner and outer thighs. We may also address excess fat behind the knees or on the calves.

Facial Liposuction

Because your face is so small relative to other parts of your body, facial liposuction only costs between $2,500 and $5,000. Most clients who opt for facial liposuction choose to remove fat from their cheeks and jowls to give them a more masculine or feminine appearance.

Chin Liposuction

If you wish to remove excess fat from beneath your chin, you’re looking at paying around $1,400. Removing an entire double chin is a lot trickier than less extensive chin liposuction. Double chin liposuction will cost around $2,975.

It is very important to note that this does not include neck fat. If you could benefit from neck liposuction, expect to pay around $2,500. If you opt for both of these procedures at the same time, you can save a significant amount of money.

Breast Liposuction

Breast liposuction usually costs over $3,000. This procedure is most common in men with the appearance of male breasts due to excess fat rather than glandular tissue (gynecomastia). However, we also perform this procedure on women who have excess breast fat due to pregnancy, hormonal birth control, or other factors.

What to Do Before Liposuction

Schedule an Initial Consultation

If you’re ready to get your body ready for summer, now is the time to start. The first step in your body contouring journey is scheduling your initial consultation.

Fill Your Prescriptions

If you decide that liposuction is a good fit for you, we will provide you with prescriptions to fill before your procedure. After your procedure, you must take all of your antibiotics exactly as prescribed.

Phone a Friend

Before your procedure, make sure that you have a strong support network in place. You need someone to drive you to and from your procedure. Whether you are put under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation, you may not drive within 24 hours of being put under either of those.

Moreover, it is important that you have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours following your procedure. This ensures you can focus on resting, relaxing and recovering. This is especially important if you have pets or children to care for at home. After anesthesia or sedation, people feel drowsy for several hours and often doze in and out of sleep.

Call Your Boss

Depending on the extent of your procedure, and whether you also have other aesthetic procedures performed at the same time, you may want to take a week or two off of work. Most of our clients like to schedule two weeks off of work so they have a full week to recover from their procedure and don’t have to worry about going back to work the next Monday.

Meal Prep

After your procedure, you won’t want to cook. Even worse than cooking is having to clean the kitchen after dinner when all you want is a nap. Therefore, we strongly encourage our clients to prepare several healthy, reasonably portioned meals in advance of their procedure. Make sure these meals are high in soluble fiber and bioavailable protein.

Speak With Your Physician

During your initial consultation, we will conduct a physical examination and review your medical history to ensure that you are healthy enough for this procedure and it is a good fit for you. If it is, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of medications to avoid in the two weeks preceding and proceeding your procedure.

Medications and supplements you should avoid include those that can thin your blood or prevent blood clotting. Examples of such nutritional supplements include vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin E, garlic, fish oil, and Ginkgo biloba. Examples of medications you must avoid include NSAIDs, MAOIs, and corticosteroids.

Stop Smoking

Not smoking in the six weeks leading up to your procedure is crucial for the success and safety of your procedure and the speed and comfort of your recovery. Whether you are put under general anesthesia, oral sedation, or intravenous sedation, having blood pressure in a healthy range is crucial.

Unfortunately, one of the chemicals found in tobacco products is nicotine. Nicotine elevates your blood pressure. To reverse the effects of nicotine consumption on your blood pressure, you will need to abstain from the chemical for six weeks.

Stop Drinking Alcohol

It is also very important to stop drinking alcohol. Like nicotine, alcohol elevates your blood pressure. It also acts as a diuretic, flushing water and essential nutrients out of your body. This leaves you dehydrated and undernourished. The longer you can go without drinking alcohol before your procedure, the better. At the very least, don’t drink within 24 hours of your procedure.

Get and Stay Hydrated

For most of us, avoiding alcohol isn’t enough to keep us hydrated. We are chronically dehydrated and need to dedicate a couple of weeks to hydrating to get our bodies healthy and strong. Drink between 64 and 128 ounces of water per day in the two weeks leading up to your procedure. Drink more water if your water is bright or dark.


Many people feel anxious the night before an aesthetic procedure. You have worked hard for months or years to get this close to your goal weight. Now you are getting the help you deserve to boost your self-confidence. Relax. Your life is about to change for the better, for good.

What to Expect During Liposuction

As mentioned previously, the technique used to perform liposuction affects the cost. Currently, there are four liposuction techniques that may be used depending on your unique needs. Here is what you need to know:

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction involves a fluid injection to break fat cells down before they are removed. This fluid includes epinephrine, which is a drug that contracts blood vessels, as well as anesthesia for your comfort and an IV solution to make the fat removal process faster. The price per treatment with this technique ranges from $2,000 to $8,000.

Super-Wet Liposuction

Super-wet liposuction is very similar to tumescent liposuction in that it involves the injection of fluids to speed the liposuction process along. The primary difference is much less fluid is used. While this technique requires less time to complete, you must be put under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and a sedative.


UAL, or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, is similar to tumescent liposuction and super-wet liposuction in that fat cells are broken down before they removed. But that’s about where the similarity ends. In the case of UAL, fat cells are broken down due to ultrasonic waves emitted from a metal rod inserted into the targeted area. Cost ranges from $1,500 to $10,000.


LAL, or laser-assisted liposuction, is more similar to UAL than tumescent liposuction or super-wet liposuction. It uses energy to liquefy fat cells so they are easier to remove. However, it uses light wave energy rather than sound wave energy. These fat cells may be suctioned out or drained through exceptionally fine cannulas.

Good Candidates for Liposuction

If you have excess fat that won’t budge despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, there is an excellent chance that you are a good candidate for liposuction. However, this procedure is not right for everyone. The ideal liposuction candidate is within 30% of his or her ideal weight, does not smoke, can clearly articulate their aesthetic goals, and is fairly healthy.

Good Candidates for SculpSure

If you’re not convinced liposuction is right for you, you may be a better candidate for SculpSure. The ideal SculpSure candidate is within 25 pounds of his or her ideal weight, leads a healthy lifestyle, is neither pregnant nor nursing, and has realistic expectations regarding the results of treatment.

Is Liposuction Worth the Cost?

Absolutely! Whether you gained weight due to pregnancy, depression, anxiety or any other reason, you deserve to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. Even after you’ve pretty much reached your goal weight, all the regular exercise and healthy eating in the world can’t budge stubborn pockets of fat.

If you want to feel self-confident and boost your self-esteem, you need extra help. Despite what magazines at the grocery store check-out line try to tell you, it is physically impossible to spot-reduce fat. Therefore, if you have a specific trouble region, you need to receive liposuction or a non-invasive body contouring treatment.

Discover the Perfect Combination of Art and Science Today

Dr. David E. Halpern is a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has been boosting self-esteem in the Tampa Bay area for over 15 years. To learn more about the cost of liposuction, please contact us today at Tampa Bay Plastic Surgery to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Schedule your consultation with Dr. David E. Halpern today

Dr. David E. Halpern is Tampa’s nationally renowned triple-board certified plastic surgeon, carefully blending expertise and artistry with extraordinary care. For the past two decades, Dr. Halpern’s dedication to exceptional care and commitment to his patients have made him Tampa’s most trusted plastic surgeon. Place your confidence in the capable hands of Tampa plastic surgeon Dr. David E. Halpern by scheduling a consultation today.

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