How much does liposuction cost? Treatment pricing explained
One of the most common cosmetic procedures in the world, delivering swift and long-lasting results, liposuction can help you feel incredible. Costs vary depending on the area of your body, so is it the right treatment for you?
In this article:
How much is liposuction?
How much liposuction costs can vary depending on:
- The treatment area.
- The size of the area.
- The exact type of procedure you plan on having.
- Where you go for the procedure.
Prices range from 10,000 SAR to 25,000 SAR.
- Common areas for the procedure include arms, thighs, back, abdomen, the buttocks, neck and under the chin. You can have it on more than one area at a time.
- This treatment is not a weight loss solution. Generally, it works best for people who are close to their goal weight – and in areas where the skin is tight.
- It’s mostly an aesthetic procedure but can help decrease the fat cells (triglycerides) in your blood, which are linked to a higher risk of heart disease.
Types of procedure
Various techniques can be used for liposuction, which may affect the overall cost.
- Tumescent liposuction – The most popular type. A saline solution, local anaesthetic and epinephrine enter under the skin, with the fat suctioned out through small tubes called cannulas.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAS) – Ultrasound energises the cannula, using vibrations to make the fat cell breakdown even easier.
- Power-assisted liposuction (PAS) – A mechanised cannula moves back and forth to similarly ease the process.
- Laser assisted liposuction (LAS) – A small tube delivers heat under the skin to further bolster the procedure.
What is included in the procedure?
The procedure sees unwanted fat sucked out of certain parts of your body with a thin tube. It may take between one and four hours, depending on the focus area(s) and size.
The cost of liposuction typically covers:
Beforehand, a few standard tests usually check it’s safe for you to have the procedure. You will likely receive a general anaesthetic before the surgery begins.
Your surgeon will make small entries into the target areas and then use the cannula, moving it around to break up fat cells. An attached vacuum device then sucks these out. Finally, stitches and bandaging will be applied.
Once the liposuction procedure is over you will likely stay at the clinic overnight, simply as a precaution. You may be provided with:
- Pain relief medication.
- Antibiotics to prevent infection.
- Bandages and a support corset to reduce bruising and swelling.
You should have a follow-up appointment to remove any stitches, assess that the entries made are healing properly and to discuss any concerns. Usually, the costs of aftercare will be included in the total price you are quoted.
Most popular areas - and pricing
Some of the most popular options include:
Waist and flanks
Fat around the waist and flanking areas or ‘love handles’ (including your lower back) can be treated together for smooth and even contouring.
The skin around your waist and flanks has great elasticity, which makes it responsive to treatment. Costs generally start at the 10,000 SAR to 25,000 SAR range.
Liposuction may help remove excess fat to form a more tightly toned stomach – providing there’s not too much fat and the skin is elastic enough.
To form a smooth transition, treatment on the upper abdomen (between your belly button and ribs) usually takes place at the same time. Depending on whether you get one or both areas done, costs typically start at 10,000 SAR.
Removing just a small amount of fat here can make a noticeable difference, creating a curve that enhances the adjacent buttock too.
Inner thighs are a popular area for the procedure, and often both inner and outer thighs are treated together, with costs typically starting from 15,000 SAR.
Neck and chin
Neck liposuction costs generally start at the lower end of the range, as this covers a smaller area. Having said that, it’s often combined with chin liposuction too, and costs to remove excess skin on the chin can also be added, if necessary.
How much does laser liposuction cost?
Sometimes known as laser lipolysis, this increasingly popular variant is like other forms of liposuction but uses lasers to break down the fat before it’s removed.
Costs of laser liposuction typically start at 10,000 SAR for a small area (such as the neck or chin), but can go up to around 25,000 SAR for a more extensive treatment.
- Laser treatment can promote collagen production, which means many patients experience minimal swelling, bruising and pain after the procedure. Skin may be tighter and firmer too.
- Recovery time can also be shorter due to the reduced bruising and swelling, and you may see results within one week of the treatment. For this reason, it is often more expensive than other types.
- Normally, laser lipo takes around one hour, and you should only require one session.
- As with other types, pricing depends on the specific area and size of area being treated. You’ll get a price tailored to your needs at a consultation.
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