As liposuction continues to increase in popularity around the country, many people are keen to find out more about the procedure. Safe and relatively uncomplicated, liposuction (liposculpture) is usually a day procedure only, requires no general anaesthetic and little downtime. Costs for the procedure vary markedly though, due to both the surgeon’s chosen fee and the amount of liposuction required.
Liposuction in Melbourne: important considerations
With any surgical procedure, it’s important to remember that you are dealing with your body and have to live with the results for the rest of your life. Making a decision for cosmetic surgery purely based on price is not advisable. This could backfire on you in any number of ways. For example, you may end up with results that are not pleasing, only to wish you could pay anything to turn back time. Alternatively, you may receive a poor surgical outcome and have to pay another more experienced cosmetic surgeon to correct the problems. Therefore, it is imperative that you choose a surgeon carefully and do not rush into this procedure overnight. There are many surgeons performing liposuction in Melbourne, all with varying backgrounds – some with more experience than others. It is advisable to choose a cosmetic surgeon that has extensive experience in liposuction procedures and is happy to show you pictures of their work. The ability to communicate well with your surgeon is of equal importance. It is essential that the doctor understands your concerns, can discuss anything about the procedure with you and that the two of you have talked freely so that you both have a realistic expectation of the outcome.
Liposuction costs: variables to consider
The cost of liposuction varies between surgeons, but also depends on several factors, such as:
- the area being treated (arms require a different technique to mons pubis)
- the size of the area being treated (the cost of liposuction of the lower abdomen on a 95 kg woman would cost more than, for example, a 60kg woman)
- if there are several areas to be treated
- if liposuction has been performed before
- the time the surgeon predicts that it may take
Nonsurgical & surgical fees
Dr Feldman performs all her liposuction procedures at an appropriate day surgery centre in South Yarra, Melbourne. The fees consist of nonsurgical fees, such as the cost of the operating room, lab tests and staff, and surgical fees that pertain to the cost of the liposuction for the area treated. As the procedure is elective, there is no rebate from your private health fund or Medicare. The only exception is for males receiving liposuction for male gynaecomastia (breast reduction due to hormonal imbalance). In this instance, Medicare provides a rebate.
What about anaesthetic?
Unlike many cosmetic surgery procedures, no general anaesthetic is required for liposuction. This fact will save you a considerable expense. In fact, most people that have liposuction do not require twilight sedation. Instead, they choose to receive only minor sedation just to relax a little more during the procedure. If you prefer twilight sedation though, this will incur a small, additional fee. The exact amount of this fee will depend on how long the procedure takes.
How to get a quote for the cost of liposuction
Once you have seen Dr Feldman personally, she will outline all the expenses required for your procedure. Only after a personal consultation will you receive the exact cost for your liposuction procedure. Dr Feldman always recommends that you visit another surgeon for a second opinion, before you make your decision to go ahead with the surgery. Approximate estimates of your procedure can be given via email but are not guaranteed. If you wish, you may photograph areas of your body and email them to Dr Feldman, along with any information about the outcome you desire. Dr Feldman will then reply with her an approximation for you. For more information about liposuction with Dr Feldman in South Yarra, Melbourne, contact us today via email or telephone (03) 9824 2500.