How much does a Smartlipo cost?
The most accurate estimate of the cost will come from your cosmetic surgeon at your initial consultation. There are many variables that can affect the cost. As a result, it is only possible to provide an estimate that falls within a range of potential cost. Smartlipo can be performed by surgeons with differing experience and skill levels in different geographical areas at facilities that charge different fees. All of these variables affect the final cost.
One of the biggest factors affecting the cost is the fee charged by your cosmetic surgeon. Typically, a cosmetic surgeon will charge fees based on their experience, education, and skill at performing Smartlipo. Finding a cheaper surgeon isn’t a good idea if you want top-notch results. Surgeons with a lot of experience and skill are worth paying for if you want results that you’re proud of.
The facility where you have your procedure done will charge a fee that will affect your bottom line as well. The price of Smartlipo can sometimes be less if you go to a different facility to have the procedure performed. Facility fees are usually between $500 and $1000. Anesthesiologist’s fees may also apply to the overall cost, ranging from $500 to $1000 typically. The city or state where you have the procedure performed can also play a role in the cost. If the prices are remarkably high in your area, you may consider looking into other areas of your state or region to see if there are cheaper options available. Medication, lab work, and a variety of other miscellaneous costs may apply to your final total as well.
If you’re trying to get the cost of the procedure down a bit lower, talk to your surgeon to find out if some of the fees could be negotiated or certain aspects of the procedure altered to make it more affordable for you. Smartlipo cost is often discounted when patients sign up for multiple procedures such as liposuction and a tummy tuck. Check with your cosmetic surgeon to find out if the price you were quoted could be discounted, especially if you’re having more than one procedure performed at one time.
Talking about prices is something that will come up during the initial consultation. Most of the time, initial plastic surgery consultations are offered free of charge. Some surgeons will include the total cost for the initial consultation along with lab work (to determine your overall state of health) with the final bill. Your surgeon will provide you with an estimate of the cost for lab work results in conjunction with an examination of the areas of your body that you wish to target.
If you decide not to go ahead with the procedure, typically, you won’t be required to pay for the initial consultation, but check with the cosmetic surgeon first. Cosmetic surgeons often have different policies regarding initial consultations and other fees.
During the initial consultation, it may be wise to discuss payments and financing with your cosmetic surgeon. If the cost of Smartlipo is higher than you can afford to pay in one lump sum, you may need to break your payments up into smaller chunks. Many people find that by using the financing methods offered by cosmetic surgeons, they are able to afford the cost. Smartlipo these days is frequently financed out by institutions specializing in these kinds of arrangements. After settling on the price, you apply for a particular payment plan and then the financial institution approvals your application. Monthly payments with interest can then be made to make the costs more affordable for you.
The cost for first generation treatments generally range between $2,500 and $5000 per area treated. Second and third generation Smartlipo (MPX and Triplex) respectively range between $3000 and $8000 per area treated. Many doctors report that they don’t confer higher costs to patients if they upgrade from MPX to Triplex because Smartlipo Triplex is easier for physicians to use, which is often the motivating factor behind upgrading to the new technology.
Factors Affecting Cost
As mentioned above, there are a number of different factors that can affect the final cost. One of the variables is the amount of time required to perform the surgery. If you are having multiple areas of the body treated, for example, the procedure will take more time to perform. Your cosmetic surgeon will likely charge a per hour fee to perform the surgery, something that will definitely affect the overall cost.
The type of equipment that your surgeon uses will also impact the cost. Specifically, doctors using MPX or Triplex technology are more likely to charge a bit more than surgeons using first generation technology. Most surgeons recommend shopping around for experienced and skillful practitioners rather than a particular type of technology.
Typically, skillful cosmetic surgeons generally cost more but they can deliver better results. It is best for you to seek out the most highly qualified cosmetic surgeon to perform your procedure and look at financing to bring the price of Smartlipo down to a manageable level, than try to find a cheaper surgeon to perform the procedure for you. Choose the best Smartlipo surgeon that you can find, despite the cost. Smartlipo will be more likely, in this case, to be a pleasant experience that will offer you the results that you’re seeking.
Because Smartlipo is an elective surgery, insurance will typically not cover the expense. Any risks involved in the treatment as well as the cost need to be carefully considered by you, the patient before you agree to do the procedure.