A Quick Look at Liposuction in the US
A Quick Look at Liposuction in the US
One of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery in the US is liposuction.
Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction “slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits.” This surgical procedure is done with the use of a small stainless steel tube called cannula.
According to Liposuction.com, the cannula is “connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin.” Fat is removed when the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers which collapse after surgery.
Stubborn fat pockets can be caused by hereditary traits despite being physically fit. Liposuction can be done in several parts of the body including:
- Abdomen and waist;
- Thighs, hips and buttocks;
- Arms, neck and back;
- Inner knee;
- Cheeks and chin; and
- Calves and ankles.
Unlike bariatric or weight loss surgery, liposuction is not a surgical treatment for obesity. In fact, it is not even an effective treatment for cellulites.
Who can undergo liposuction?
According to PlasticSurgery.org, ideal candidates for liposuction are the following:
- Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
- Healthy individuals who do not have life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals who have a positive outlook and clear goals about body contouring
What happens after?
After liposuction, the body’s new contour is “more or less permanent.” If the patients gains weight after the surgery, the figure will simply become a larger version of the new body shape. Removed fat cells do not grow back.
While liposuction cannot stop the natural effects of aging on the body’s fat deposits, the results will always be apparent. The same principle holds true for pregnancy. If a woman gets pregnant after a liposuction, the original improvements are expected to return as soon as she gives birth and loses the excess pounds from pregnancy weight gain.
Because it is not a type of weight loss surgery, patients should not expect a dramatic amount of weight loss. The results of liposuction are in the cosmetic improvements.
How much does liposuction cost?
Below is a table of approximate costs of liposuction in the US from Liposuction.com.
Approximate Lower End of Range of Lipo Surgical Cost ($)
Approximate Upper End Range of Lipo Surgical Cost ($)
Abdomen, upper & lower
Chin, Cheeks, Jowls, Neck
Anterior Thighs & Knees
Inner (Thighs & Knees)
(Total Liposuction Cost = All Liposuction Surgical Costs + Non-Surgical Costs). If an anesthesiologist is required, then an additional fee must be anticipated.
Other factors that determine the cost of liposuction include the size of the patient, the amount of time and effort required by the surgeon, the cost of the anesthesiologist’s services, operating room fees, preoperative laboratory fees and other related expenses.
It is also important to note that most insurance companies do not cover costs related to liposuction.
Financing for Cosmetic Surgery
Getting a liposuction is a life-changing decision that does more than just improving the aesthetic value of one’s body. It can provide a new lease in life and help with the process of recovery.
That is why companies like United Medical Credit (UMC) are committed to helping prospective patients get the medical attention they need through a cosmetic surgery loan.
While it is not a direct money lender, UMC and its network of partners share a combined 10 years of experience and a track record of service reliability in helping finance cosmetic surgery, bariatric surgery, fertility procedures, dental surgery, Lasik and eye surgery, hearing aids and devices, and other general healthcare requirements.
As an intermediary between patients and medical specialists and finance organizations, UMC sets itself apart from other medical loan providers by focusing specifically on patients with average and below average credit scores.