For those who are planning to undergo liposuction in Sydney or anywhere in Australia, it’s expected that cost is among the common concerns that people have. Understandably, it’s not a cheap procedure, so it’s good to know exactly what you’re paying for. We prepared this blog to help potential patients understand all the details of the procedure. This way, you can make an informed decision based on all considerations, including the cost.
What is Liposuction Surgery?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure for removing excess and stubborn fat deposits through a suction technique. It can target different problem areas to help sculpt and shape the patient’s body. Cosmetic surgeons also use liposuction to refine the results of other procedures, as it can create detailed improvements to body contour.
What are the areas that liposuction can address?
There are several areas in the body where dieting and exercising may not be enough to sculpt unwanted fats away.
Neck & Chin
– Fullness of the neck and excess fat buildup under the chin can make a person appear older and overweight. Thus for men, the goal of surgery is to create the appearance of a strong jawline whereas for women, it is more about having an elegant neckline. Liposuction can target these delicate areas, and can also be combined with a neck lift or a submentoplasty. But as long as the problem involves minimal skin sagging, significant improvement can be observed on the neck and chin contours with liposuction alone.
– As men age, the chest area becomes problematic because it tends to become fuller and flabbier with the loss of muscle mass and decreased skin tone. In cases of true gynecomastia (where there exists in the chest a combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue), for liposuction to be successful, it may need to be combined with direct excision of the breast tissue. In women, liposuction can sometimes be utilised as a means for “scarless” breast reduction, since the breast is commonly made of mostly fatty tissue.
– The posterior upper arms are common problem areas particularly in women. This area tends to become full and flabby because it easily builds up fats. Excess fat, which is often accompanied by saggy skin, can make most women feel self-conscious when wearing sleeveless shirts or swimsuits. Liposuction is a way to reduce stored fat and reshape the upper arms. Eliminating fat in this area helps keep it tight and well defined.
– The abdomen is one of the common problem areas that can benefit from liposuction surgery. Generally, the upper and lower abdomen are targeted at the same time to achieve a smooth blending of the central abdomen. However, the surgeon’s assessment is important because those with poor skin elasticity in this area can end up with loose and sagging skin. To create more definition in your curves and better tone, liposuction can be done alongside a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
– The back actually comprises two areas – the upper back and the middle back. This is where you usually observe problems like “back rolls” and “bra rolls”. These are particularly “unforgiving” areas because the skin there is often thick. The anatomy of the back is also different from the rest of the body. Therefore, back liposuction requires energy based technology to break down dense tissue and tough connections that naturally limit the shape of the back. This helps achieve a slimming result to the entire upper half of your body.
– The lower portion of the back is a separate area called the waist or “love handles.” This is a common problem area among men but it’s different for women, who tend to develop bulges that would spill over when they wear jeans – commonly known as “muffin tops.” Bottomline: liposuction can help decrease waist size and achieve a streamlined and slimming silhouette.
– The hips lie just below the waist toward the upper area of the buttocks. The hips are among the most challenging areas from which to eliminate excess fat. Liposuction on the hips typically targets the flanks, in order to create a smoother and more natural curve. Shaping this area properly helps create a rounder, more well-defined buttock as well as a curvaceous feminine silhouette.
– Buttock liposuction not only focuses on achia eving pleasing reduction in size and bulk, it also shapes, sculpts, and smoothes your bottom. It results in buttocks that you can be proud to flaunt in your favorite jeans and bikini. For better buttock contours, the surrounding areas such as the outer thighs, hips and lower back can be liposuctioned. In some cases, the suctioned fats can then be purified and re-injected into the buttocks to lift and themshape it. This procedure is called a Brazilian Butt Lift.
– The problem with excess fat deposits in the inner thighs is that it often rubs against each other which can possibly lead to irritation. Creating a small gap between the inner thighs can result in a slimming silhouette to the lower body. Contouring is usually done down to the medial knee to create a natural and well-proportioned outcome.
– Generally, this area is targeted along with the outer and/or inner thighs to achieve a well-balanced contour of the legs.
– Also referred to as “saddlebags”, the outer thighs are one of the common problem areas in women. It must be worked on meticulously because small changes done to the outer thighs can create a significant improvement in a woman’s silhouette. If done right, the gentle curve created can also enhance the shape of the buttocks.
Calves / Ankles
– These areas are quite challenging to address since it requires re-shaping the entire length of the lower leg to achieve a smooth, continuous contour. With little deep fat in this area, the risk of obtaining contour irregularities usually outweighs the possible benefits of liposuction. Therefore, it’s critical to get it done by someone who is experienced in this particular area.
Patients need to understand that the cost varies for each body part depending on the complexity of the approach required. It’s not just about suctioning fats, but doing it the right way so that safety is maintained and good aesthetic outcome is achieved.
Who are suitable candidates for liposuction?
Let’s say that you have enough to spend on liposuction in Sydney. However, it doesn’t guarantee that you can get right into it. There’s still a selection process involving a thorough evaluation to check if you’re a good candidate for this type of surgery.
Liposuction is advisable for men and women who are healthy enough to undergo surgery. People sign up for surgery to achieve different goals. Some want to fit comfortably in their clothes, while others want to look trimmed and toned. Men who struggle with gynecomastia have it as an option to get rid of their man boobs. Cosmetic surgeons also use liposuction to enhance the results of other procedures. But before you can proceed, a good surgeon will make a thorough and honest evaluation first to ensure that you get your money’s worth.
If one or more of the following apply to you, liposuction is an option to consider:
How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction doesn’t come cheap because it’s an invasive procedure that requires specific skills and experience not every surgeon has. In addition, it involves complex techniques that take the patient’s safety and aesthetics into account. It’s not just about removing fats but sculpting them from the right areas in the right amounts.
Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions through which a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted to lose excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion.
At present, there are four different types of liposuction techniques: tumescent liposuction, super-wet technique, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and laser-assisted liposuction. These come at varying costs, depending on the complexity of the surgery and what is involved in performing it.
- Tumescent liposuction is similar to traditional liposuction except that lidocaine and epinephrine are used to make fat swollen and thus easier to identify and remove. Most of the swelling and pain from this procedure will be gone in about a month. One of its main advantages is that it only involves minimal bleeding and bruising.
- In a super-wet technique, a small volume of fluid also made of lidocaine and epinephrine is injected. But, along with those two, a saline solution is also included, which makes it easier and quicker to suction out fat, and it’s relatively pain-free.
- For laser-assisted liposuction, the fat cells are liquefied with the use of lasers. This type of approach works best for areas like the face, chin, and neck.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction liquefies the fat the same way as the laser-assisted technique, but it does so with ultrasonic vibrations.
How long does a liposuction procedure take?
For most people, one procedure is enough to see results. The surgery takes one to two hours, depending on the size of the treated area. It’s usually done as an outpatient procedure, which means you should be able to go home the same day you have surgery.
Of course, the length of your procedure will vary from the next patient. It will be based on the extent of work needed and the area/s you want to target. That will factor into the total cost.
How much is the cost of Liposuction surgery in Sydney/Australia?
The cost depends on how many areas on the body will be treated in one go:
- One area of the body – Between $3,000 – 5,000 (AUD)
- Two areas of the body – Between $5,000 – 6,500 (AUD)
- Three areas of the body – Between $6,500 – 8,000 (AUD)
- Four, five or six areas – within the range of $9,500 (AUD) to $ 15,000 (AUD)
In consideration of the total amount, make sure to add GST on top of all quoted costs.
What makes up the cost of liposuction?
We can break down the total cost of liposuction into several components. It can include the surgeon’s fees, assistant surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fees, hospital and theatre expenses, as well as follow up visits for a given period.
Like most cosmetic surgeries, the total cost for liposuction is usually calculated as one figure that includes all of the above without a breakdown. But you can always ask for a detailed explanation during your consultation.
As mentioned earlier, it’s also dependent on the number of areas that need treatment and how many hours it’s likely to take. However, it’s worth noting that there are limits to the number of areas treated by liposuction in each session. The two main limitations are:
- the amount of local anaesthetic administered to a patient at any one time
- and the amount of liquefied fat that the doctor can remove safely from the body in one operation.
1. Surgeon’s fees
Typically, a surgeon’s fee already includes the cost of the procedure. However, they will give you a detailed breakdown of the expenses at the initial consultation.
The fee will mainly depend on the surgeon you choose. Those criteria alone will create significant differences with each doctor. The disparity in practitioner’s fees varies based on their expertise in liposuction, professional qualifications, experience, professional recognition, and popularity.
Bear in mind that not all medical doctors are licensed in plastic surgery. Even among plastic surgeons, they also have their specialities or strengths. Make sure that your surgeon has the requisite training for liposuction surgery.
Some may have equivalent qualifications from countries like the US, UK, and Canada. In this case, you can look into their affiliations and memberships. Moreover, a surgeon’s practice location is also a factor to consider because fees can vary for each region in Australia.
2. Initial consultation fees
Generally, your initial consultation comes with a fee. Depending on the surgeon, it can range between $50 (AUD) to $500 (AUD). If you consult more than one surgeon—which is something that you should do, you will have to pay this fee for each visit.
3. Anaesthetist’s fee
You will count this in if your liposuction is performed under general anaesthesia. The anaesthetist’s fee will depend mainly on the doctor’s qualifications. Like most other professional medical specialists, there’s no standard scale. However, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists states that the fees charged by an anaesthetist depend on the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) number or the Relative Value Guide (RVG) number.
For cosmetic procedures, the hourly charge for an anaesthetist falls within the range of $600-650 AUD. Liposuction can take several hours, depending on how many areas need treatment. So you can expect the anaesthetist’s fee also to increase accordingly.
4. Hospital fees
Liposuction is typically an outpatient surgery. Usually, the hospital fee covers the cost of a day procedure, the hours you spend in the actual operation theatre, and the time it takes to recover from anaesthesia.
Hospital fees vary for each facility. Most hospitals or day surgery facilities charge on an hourly basis, including theatre fees, possible accommodation, and other items. So for every hour, hospitals can charge around $750 (AUD), but these can still vary depending on the facility.
Ensure your safety during and after the procedure. Make sure your surgeon works with an accredited facility with well-trained staff and high standards. Most reputable surgeons will only use such facilities for your liposuction procedure.
The volume of aspirate (fat tissue to be removed) also determines your hospital fee. If it goes beyond 5 litres, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends that such a large volume requires acute care in a hospital. Here, you’d receive close monitoring overnight, which will also add up to the total cost.
5.Length of surgery
Liposuction is a time-consuming procedure that relies on the number of areas subject to treatment. While it typically lasts 1-3 hours, it can stretch as long as 5 hours, which can also add up to the cost, especially with hospital fees or anaesthetist’s fees.
Does Insurance/Medicare cover liposuction?
Liposuction is an elective procedure. Hence it is not covered by insurance or
Medicare reimbursements. They only cover the costs of medically necessary procedures, not purely cosmetic surgeries.
There may be some policies that will cover the hospital fees and other costs. Aside from that, everything would have to be out-of-pocket payments. Before you sign up for surgery, it’s best to discuss it with your insurance provider.
What determines the success of liposuction surgery?
In a way, getting liposuction surgery is an investment. When you think of it that way, you look at all possible factors that will give you good returns. So, for example, success in liposuction surgery will depend on your history of weight loss and weight gain, age, sex, the amount of fat to remove, and the areas where most of the body fat is localised.
It would be best if you discussed all these aspects with your surgeon. Success will comprise all these small details. Just make sure that before you go under the knife, you got your bases covered!
If you’re interested in getting liposuction surgery in Sydney, you can get in touch with us for a non-obligatory consultation. You may call us at +61 1300 656 236 to book an appointment today.