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The Real Cost Of Liposuction In India & Additional Expenses To Consider

India ranks 4th in the world for the number of people who opt for cosmetic procedures and of these, liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgery. Indian plastic surgeons perform over 1,17,000 liposuction procedures each year. Liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery but rather a body- contouring procedure to remove stubborn fatty deposits that have not responded to diet and exercise.

During a liposuction procedure, a cannula (a very thin metal tube) is inserted under the skin and a high-pressure vacuum is used to suction out the fat beneath the skin. Ultrasound and laser devices may also be used as part of the procedure to liquefy fat so that it can be suctioned out easily . Liposuction can be performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and butt. Liposuction results are more consistent and predictable as compared to non-invasive cosmetic treatments.

Cost of Liposuction In India

The cost of liposuction in India is pretty low which is why it has become a popular plastic surgery vacation destination. India's medical tourism industry has grown rapidly in the last decade as many Indian clinics now boast the latest in medical technology and equipment. It is estimated that the savings in India compared to the US for many procedures is 65-90%. You can expect to spend between 35,000 and 1,80,000 on your liposuction procedure although this is just an approximate figure and some liposuction procedures can cost well over 2 lakhs.

Medical and cosmetic costs in India are different from state to state and even city to city. The liposuction surgery cost in India varies greatly depending on location - this is because the cost of liposuction in Delhi is quite different from the liposuction cost in Chennai or the cost of liposuction in Kolkata. Similarly, the liposuction cost in Mumbai would be very different from the liposuction cost in Bangalore or Hyderabad or the cost of liposuction in Pune. Given below are the indicative costs of liposuction treatments in various Indian cities:

City Average Cost of Liposuction (in INR)
Mumbai35,000 - 2,45,000
Banglore40,000 3,50,000
Chennai35,000 - 2,50,000
Delhi25,000 - 1,50,0000
Hyderabad10,000 - 2,50,000
Pune20,000 - 1,60,000
Kolkata5000 - 1,90,000

Factors That Influence Liposuction Costs In India

Liposuction costs vary from person to person as the plastic surgeon would recommend different tests, medications, and post-op care for each individual based on their requirements, medical history, and current health status. These are some of the main factors that will influence the cost of your liposuction procedure.

The Area To Be Treated

"The length of surgery can vary from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the area/s to be treated"

Larger areas such as the abdomen cost a good bit more than smaller areas such as the chin. Larger areas require more surgery time - up to 4 hours for one liposuction session and so the liposuction surgery costs for such procedures are higher. Also, the cost of single areas will be lower than the cost of liposuction for multiple areas. However, many clinics offer package deals and so you might be able to get a significant discount if you choose to go in for liposuction for multiple areas of your body. Facial liposuction requires a lot more skill and precision and so the cost for cheek liposuction might be higher than expected. The following list will give you an idea of the approximate costs for liposuction for different body areas:

Cost of Liposuction for Chin: 30,000

Cost of Liposuction for Neck: 40,000

Cost of Liposuction for Arm: 55,000

Cost of Liposuction for Buttocks: 70,000

Cost of Liposuction for Thigh: 1,20,000

Cost of Liposuction for Abdomen): 1,35,000

The Volume Of Fat To Be Removed

"The volume of fat that is suctioned can range from 5 liters to 25 liters per liposuction session - which affects surgery time and costs"

People who have just small pouches of stubborn fat require less time in the operating room while the surgeries of those who need larger amounts of fat suctioned will be considerably longer. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your liposuction objectives with you and he will factor in the amount of fat that needs to be removed when deciding the cost of your liposuction procedure. It is possible to remove up to 25 liters of aspirate in a single session but this is associated with several health risks which is why surgeons recommend 5 liters or less of aspirate per session.

The Type Of Liposuction Procedure

"The cost of a liposuction procedure depends largely on the type of liposuction performed as each treatment has different requirements in terms of equipment, time, and surgeon skill"

There are several types of liposuction procedures including ultrasound-assisted liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, twin-cannula liposuction, water-assisted liposuction, tumescent liposuction and laser assisted liposuction. The costs for each of these procedures can vary greatly which is why the upper end range of liposuction surgical costs can be double that of the lower end range.

Never assume that the best liposuction procedure is the one that is the most expensive. For instance, ultrasound-assisted liposuction can be quite expensive as the ultrasound machines are costly. However, although this is one of the most expensive types of liposuction, it also has significant side effects including burns, small cysts, and prolonged bruising and swelling. On the other hand, tumescent liposuction does not require intravenous or gaseous anesthesia since it is performed only under local anesthesia. Since an anesthesiologist is not required, the cost of this type of liposuction is often much lower even though it is one of the best liposuction procedures available today.

The Cost Of Additional Procedures & Post-op Care

"Liposuction post-op care is not too high but additional procedures such as augmentation can double the cost of your procedure"

Liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with other procedures. Liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are the most common combination - once the excess fat is removed, the loose skin is excised with a tummy tuck or with a mini tummy tuck procedure. Another popular combination is liposuction and breast augmentation. Conventional breast augmentation procedures use silicone implants but a liposuction can be performed along with a breast augmentation using fat transfer. The fat that is suctioned through the liposuction process is then injected into your breasts to improve the contours of your body. Studies show that the liposuction with fat transfer procedure has excellent results. From all the women who opt for this procedure, approximately 45% have 'significantly improved' results, while 39% are 'improved' and about 16% are 'not improved'. The aspirated fat can also be used in a butt augmentation procedure.

After liposuction, post op care will help to prevent side effects such as bruising, fluid accumulation, and infection. Liposuction post op care costs generally include medications and compression garments to reduce scarring. Your doc may also suggest that you use silicone scar sheets over the scars to prevent permanent scarring.

The Anesthesiologist's Rates

"You can expect to pay approximately 4,000 - 6,000 bucks per hour in anesthesiologist fees"

The type of anesthesia used and the dosage will largely depend on the type of liposuction and the amount of fat to be suctioned. If your doctor says that you will require general anesthesia for your procedure, you can expect your liposuction costs to go up considerably as this would require a certified anesthesiologist. An anesthesiologist In India gets a starting salary of 20,000 - 30,000 rupees per month so you can expect to pay approximately 4,000 - 6,000 bucks per hour in anesthesiologist fees.

If your surgeon recommends an expensive anesthesiologist, don't resent the additional expenditure - many of the risks of liposuction are connected to the anesthesia that is used as well as the anesthesiologist's skills. Using a good anesthesiologist will send your costs up but reduce your risk of liposuction complications. However, there is no need to be unduly alarmed about the risks of liposuction as surveys show that the risk of serious complication is just about 0.07%.

Liposuction costs typically include your surgeon's fees, the anesthesiologist's charges, pre-op and post-op medical tests, cost of the operating room, medications, and compression garments. When your surgeon gives you the initial quote, he may not include all the additional costs so discuss all liposuction costs with him in advance and you can even ask for a breakdown of the costs. If you are considering future liposuction procedures on different areas, you can discuss this too as he might be able to offer you a discount on the subsequent surgeries. There is no denying that cost is a consideration when deciding on a liposuction procedure, but it cannot be the key factor. Your surgeon will decide on the type of liposuction procedure you require based on your individual requirements.

Many people make the mistake of looking for the best liposuction surgeon in Delhi, Mumbai, or any of the metropolitan areas of our country. However, you don't need to shell out big bucks just on a surgeon simply because he performed plastic surgery on some well-known actor; instead, look for a reputable surgeon who specializes in liposuction.

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