Liposuction is a desirable surgery for any patient who simply can't seem to shed that extra bit of weight from a target problem area. No matter how much exercise a patient does, or how well they eat, sometimes it's difficult to get rid of that extra layer of fat. In this case, liposuction is a great way to contour specific areas of the body. While liposuction is an effective way to remove fatty deposits, it is an out-of-pocket expense and requires some cost planning and saving. Here is some information about the costs of liposuction surgery and a few tips for payment.
Costs of the Procedure
The amount a surgery costs really depends on the plastic surgeon and his or her level of expertise, along with area of the body that is being treated. At the Dallas practice of Dr. Paul Pin, liposuction costs anywhere from $3,600 and $6,500. This may seem like a wide range, but the price greatly depends on that patient and the extent of treatment. In general, liposuction of a small area like the chin will cost less than liposuction of a larger area, such as the stomach.
To get a better idea of how much a surgery will cost, it is important for a patient to consult a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Pin to discuss surgery details and pricing. Patients should keep in mind that there are various factors that may affect price. Some surgeons may charge additional fees for anesthesia or the use of the medical facility. Dr. Pin's liposuction fees are all inclusive; they include the use of an anesthesiologist, medical facility, and an overnight stay, if needed. In addition, if the patient is undergoing more than one type of procedure, the cost of the second procedure will be reduced. See a full list of plastic surgery costs at Dr. Pin's practice.
Health Insurance Benefits
In general, elective surgeries like liposuction are not covered by health insurance plans. Before relying on health insurance to cover costs, patients should call their insurance company to understand exactly what may be covered. In the event that a health insurance company will not provide coverage for an elective surgery such as liposuction, patients can rely on healthcare financing, a low or no-interest personal credit card, or an employer-sponsored flexible spending account to make the cost of treatment more affordable.
Saving for the Procedure
Patients can also start their own personal saving plan to pay for the cost of surgery upfront. Patients can put away 10 percent of their paycheck until there is enough saved to cover the costs of liposuction surgery. If the patient's employer offers a flex spending account program, a portion of the paycheck can be diverted, income tax-free, into the flex account; this money can then be used for medical procedures such as liposuction.
Dr. Pin is a skilled plastic surgeon who has performed hundreds of successful liposuction surgeries throughout his career. Patients can schedule a consultation at his Dallas practice to get an accurate liposuction cost estimate.