Traditional liposuction involves the use of a tube-like tool called a cannula. It is inserted below the surface of the skin through tiny incisions, and moved back and forth to loosen fat cells, which are then suctioned out through the cannula. In my case, I prefer to use VASERlipoTM, which incorporates ultrasound into this process. I invested in this expensive equipment so I could provide better results, and I've got to pay for it. I charge from $2,000 to $4,000 per area using VASERlipoTM, which is several hundred dollars more than surgeons typically charge for traditional liposuction.
After care from the experts was pretty simple and didn’t require anything too strenuous. To keep results looking optimum I’m told to avoid things such as smoking, excess alcohol, sun exposure and getting stressed - which can all help break down collagen faster, decreasing the longevity of Botox. ‘I always recommend that my clients use a daily antioxidant topical serum and an SPF 50 too,’ advises Spyrou.

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3. Surgeon's Fee.  Plastic surgery is a very specialized skill that requires a minimum of 6 - 8 years of training after medical school, and even longer if further specialization is desired.  Make sure you are seeing a plastic surgeon, as any doctor can call themselves a "cosmetic surgeon."  This operation can be dangerous if not performed by an appropriately trained plastic surgeon.  A BBL typically takes several hours to perform liposuction to improve contour and harvest fat from all over the body (up to 5 liters), filter the fat to purify it, and carefully inject the fat into the buttocks/hips to create the desired shape.  You do not want to have a surgery by someone that is not meticulous and does not spend the appropriate amount of time needed to get a satisfactory result in the interest of saving money.  The skill and experience of the surgeon will often dictate a higher price.
A patient may think twice when they receive an estimate from a surgeon using advanced technology, but that individual would be well advised to reconsider the results that surgeon has provided for others. If paying more for an advanced treatment by a reputable surgeon is more likely to provide beautiful results that will not need revision surgery for undesirable contours or scarring, it could be considered a much more conservative option than paying a cut rate for a less reputable surgeon and having to undergo additional surgeries to achieve the results you really wanted in the first place. It is also important to note that a revisional body contouring surgery is usually more expensive than the original. Correcting errors made in a previous surgery requires more planning and more time to perform, which naturally incurs a greater expense.
In sum, a liposuction procedure that only involves removing some fat from the abdominal region will cost much less than a procedure that involves removing fat from the midsection, flanks, and thighs, or involves other complementary procedures. As with virtually any medical procedure, the extent of your treatment will have a major effect on what you can expect to pay.
Many patients want to know how much fat actually survives. This is a very relevant question to ask, but it's also incredibly difficult to accurately answer. Most conservative estimates put the survival rate of transferred fat at roughly 50%, although many surgeons claim to be able to save a more significant amount. The fat that remains after 3 months of recovery will be your actual final result, not the results immediately after surgery.
The patient’s anatomy – It’s easier to reach satisfactory results on patients that have an A-shaped buttock than on patients with a V-shaped buttock, which usually require more fat transfer. Each person’s bottom can only receive some specific amount of fat. Typically, the surgeon will transfer a generous amount of fat during surgery since not all the fat transplanted will survive.

If you are a very thin patient, Dr. Rodriguez will likely have to 'find' fat from various areas of your body, as no one area will have a robust amount of fat. For example, for a patient who is 110 pounds, Dr. Rodriguez will liposuction from 4-6 different areas to get the fat. In these cases, for thin women, the price is typically the same as the 3 area liposuction, as the case takes the same amount of time as a three area liposuction case.

If, like many others, you have decided to take an aggressive stance against stubborn fat deposits, it is most important to have an intimate understanding of the different factors that can influence the cost of treatment, rather than a hard number used to gauge any estimates you gather. The truth is that liposuction is a highly personalized treatment with many variables, and there are no two identical liposuction procedures. By educating yourself about the way your surgeon's experience, the location of your surgeon's practice, the extent of treatment you require, and other factors influence the cost of this treatment, you can make better choices and increase your chances of achieving long-term satisfaction.


With any autologous fat transfer procedure, the main issue to worry about is how much of the re-transplanted fat will survive and how much will die. Not all of the fat injected after the procedure will live. A good survival rate is about 65-85%, and the rest will die off and be reabsorbed by the body. The reason why fat cells die when reinserted into the body is that they initially have no blood supply. The surgeon will try to inject the fat as deep and as close to the muscle tissue as possible so that the greatest amount will take. Also, there will be a great deal of swelling after the surgery. The two combined factors of swelling and not all of the fat that was initially inserted being able to survive means that results you see the day after the surgery will be different three months down the road. The butt will likely get smaller as swelling goes down and inevitably, some of the injected fat does not take. However, your plastic surgeon will plan for this.
This technique of injecting the fat into the buttocks can be performed either with 1) manual injections or 2) with an injection pump. For 15 years I have performed manual fat injections, as I believe this technique is safer than the use of high pressure pumping techniques. With the manual injection technique, the fat is placed (or transferred) to the buttocks in hundreds of injections with special cannulas. Small amount of fat (2cc-5cc) are injected with each injection pass.
The ideal candidate for the BBL surgery are individuals who wish to enhance the size of their buttocks but, have a significant amount of fat in covering different areas of their body such as the abdomen, waist, hips, and lower back. One of the board certified plastic surgeons at Jolie Plastic Surgery expands on factors an ideal candidate must have for the fat transfer procedure by stating:
3. Surgeon's Fee.  Plastic surgery is a very specialized skill that requires a minimum of 6 - 8 years of training after medical school, and even longer if further specialization is desired.  Make sure you are seeing a plastic surgeon, as any doctor can call themselves a "cosmetic surgeon."  This operation can be dangerous if not performed by an appropriately trained plastic surgeon.  A BBL typically takes several hours to perform liposuction to improve contour and harvest fat from all over the body (up to 5 liters), filter the fat to purify it, and carefully inject the fat into the buttocks/hips to create the desired shape.  You do not want to have a surgery by someone that is not meticulous and does not spend the appropriate amount of time needed to get a satisfactory result in the interest of saving money.  The skill and experience of the surgeon will often dictate a higher price.
‘You’ll start to see an effect after 3-5 days’, instructs cosmetic doctor Rita Rakus, ‘however it may take two weeks for maximum results to kick in’. For me, my forehead had less movement after day three, but it wasn't until a full week after the treatment that it felt completely immobile. It’s definitely a strange sensation as you go to lift your brows…but nothing moves.
Temporary side effects are to be expected after any type of surgery, including butt lift procedures. Communicating about your allergies, concerns, and medical conditions with your plastic surgeon before your butt lift can help you reduce your risks and remain comfortable. For most butt lift patients, these temporary side effects are worth the results of the procedure.
I personally think nurse-administered anesthesia is perfectly appropriate in many cases. In fact, a 2014 study by the Chochrane Collaboration research group concluded that it was "not possible to say whether there were any differences in care between medically qualified anaesthetists and nurse anaesthetists." But if the patient is anxious about the procedure, or if the treatment scope is extensive, the extra cost of an anesthesiologist can be well worth the money. What I consider extensive liposuction can easily take up to 4 hours, so it would be reasonable to estimate that anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist could cost about $2,000 in this scenario.
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