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How Much is Liposuction?

It can be frustrating to lead a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and an active exercise program, yet still be left with stubborn fat bulges. Aging, childbirth, medicine and other factors may make these unwanted bulges almost impossible to eliminate.

The good news is there is a solution. If you’re dealing with stubborn pockets of fat that won’t subside no matter how healthy you are, liposuction is a very viable consideration. The in-office liposuction offered by Dr. Craig Schwartz, one of Kansas City’s most accomplished surgeons offering minimally-invasive liposuction, can smooth out your fat bulges and help you achieve a slimmer, more defined body. So how much can you expect to pay for liposuction? You will be pleased to discover that it’s not as expensive as you may think!

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How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

When it comes to the cost of liposuction, there is no hard and fast number. The first piece of information that affects the overall cost range is whether or not the procedure is being performed in-office using a local tumescent liposuction procedure (Smart LIpo, Vaser Lipo, Tickle Lipo, etc.) or if it’s being performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center setting. Many plastic surgeons still only offer liposuction procedures in a surgery center or hospital, while many cosmetic surgeons provide in-office liposuction, which can reduce your overall cost. Patients requiring massive amounts of liposuction or liposuction in conjunction with a skin removal surgery in the case of extreme weight loss will usually require the procedure to be performed under general anesthesia, greatly increasing your costs and your downtime/recovery period.  However, if you simply have a pocket or pockets of some unwanted fat, your fat reduction goals can be easily accomplished with in-office liposuction, as Dr. Schwartz provides at his Kansas City cosmetic laser center.  The second top factor influencing your overall cost will be the area of concern and amount of fat you are looking to have removed. Fat removal from the chin or knee area is typically going to cost less than fat removal from the stomach, flanks, thighs, etc. 

Research conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the average cost of liposuction is $3,548.  Since liposuction is considered an aesthetic treatment, rather than a medical necessity, insurance does not cover it.  Fortunately, we offer flexible payment plans to make out-of-pocket pricing more affordable.  Because each and every patient’s fat reduction plan is so unique (one area or multiple areas, do you want to transfer any of the fat to another area, such as the breasts, hands or face, how much volume are you looking to reduce, and are you also looking for some additional skin tightening?), it is essential that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz to discuss your fat reduction and skin tightening goals. During this private consultation in our office, we can discuss your case, design a customized treatment plan, and provide you with an accurate price.

How Liposuction Works

When most people think of liposuction, a traditional surgical treatment typically comes to mind. In traditional liposuction, a metal tube called a cannula is inserted into the treatment area to suction excess fat out of the body. Most commonly, this surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center, and may require an overnight stay in the hospital. Traditional liposuction also involves some risk of serious complications, such as nerve damage, tissue trauma, and extensive pain. 

About Tumescent Liposuction

If you’d like to reap the benefits of liposuction without the risk of the traditional surgery, you may be better off choosing tumescent liposuction which is performed in our office under local anesthesia. During tumescent lipo, a saline solution mixed with anesthetics is injected into the treatment area. This causes the fat to liquify and creates  more room between the skin and subcutaneous tissue so that the cannula can move through the fat with ease during removal. 

It’s important to note that the cannula used in tumescent liposuction is much smaller so you can resume your daily activities and recover much faster than you’d be able to with traditional liposuction. Some of the most common brand names for tumescent lipo include Tickle Lipo, VaserLipo, etc., Laser Lipo. We are pleased to offer all of these revolutionary types of liposuction in our office.

Since liposuction removes the fat cells permanently, you don’t have to worry about the stubborn fat bulges returning. In the event you do gain weight after you receive it, it probably won’t be in the area where the lipo was performed. However, liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, so your results may become less prominent if you experience post-procedure weight-gain.

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz

Tumescent liposuction at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz offers so many benefits compared to traditional liposuction surgery. Using our liposuction techniques we can significantly reduce the recovery time, improve the results, eliminate the need for general anesthesia (and the extra costs and risks associated with general anesthesia), and even provide some skin tightening benefits not found with traditional liposuction.

Liposuction procedures are most frequently used to reduce or even completely resolve stubborn fat bulges on the abdomen, thighs, back, buttocks, thighs, arms, chin and even knees. After you complete your liposuction procedure or procedures, you may find that your body not only looks slimmer but also more proportional. In addition to the physical benefits of liposuction, you may enjoy some emotional benefits, such as an increase in your self confidence that can help you succeed in your personal and professional life.

Good Candidates for Liposuction

You may benefit from liposuction if you are in reasonably good health and concerned about stubborn fat bulges that won’t seem to disappear no matter how healthy you eat or often you exercise. Since liposuction is a body contouring treatment that aims to reduce fat rather than a weight loss solution, it’s not a good option if your goal is to shed large amounts of excess weight. 

You should only consider liposuction if you are confident you’ll continue to lead a healthy lifestyle after the treatment. Fortunately, many patients state that it motivates them to practice healthy lifestyle habits for years to come.


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for liposuction, schedule a consultation at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier cosmetic laser center can improve your condition.

Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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