Do you wish that some parts of your body were more sculpted? Do you have fat deposits that impact your body’s general shape? If so, you might be interested in liposuction. If you are considering this plastic surgery, it’s important to know the average cost and other relevant information to make an informed decision.


What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that targets and eliminates fat cells from deep beneath the skin. The apparatus used to achieve these objectives is a cannula, a tiny tube connected to a vacuum. 

To break up the fat cells so they may be suctioned away, the plastic surgeon in charge of the liposuction procedure makes a tiny incision in the skin, inserts the cannula, and moves it about. Liposuction is usually performed on people who have isolated pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. 

Ideal candidates for liposuction are within 30% of their desired weight and have a skin tone that is supple. Before deciding to undertake the procedure, you should know that liposuction is not intended to help you lose weight. Its purpose is to rid your body of stubborn pockets of fat.

What part of my body can I get liposuction on?


How old do you have to be for liposuction in Canada?

Ideally speaking, liposuction patients should be at least 21 years old. In addition, older people with skin elasticity issues and general medical conditions should avoid liposuction.

Candidates under the age of 18 require parental permission to get liposuction because doctors generally recommend undergoing this procedure only after your body has fully developed.

Before and after liposuction 


How much weight do you lose through liposuction?

Although some patients that undergo liposuction might drop a few pounds, this cosmetic surgery procedure does not aim to achieve weight loss. Rather, its purpose is to shape the body and improve physical appearance.

The largest quantity of fat that can typically be suctioned out is in the range of 5 to 8 lbs, depending on the patient. Typically, this surgical procedure should not aim to eliminate more than 4 to 5 lbs, since doing so raises the risk of complications. If you’re considering liposuction, you should bear in mind that any weight you lose during the procedure can return if you do not change your eating habits.

If more than one treatment location is requested and the total volume of fat to be targeted is greater than five pounds, the surgery should take place over two visits separated by a 12-week gap.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?


Average cost of liposuction in Canada

The following is a list of the types of procedures that candidates for liposuction can choose from in Canada, as well as the costs they can expect to incur for each:

Targeted body area           Cost

  • Arms: $ 1,500 – $ 5,000
  • Back: $ 1,500 – $ 4,000
  • Breasts: $ 3,000 – $ 7,500
  • Buttocks: $ 1,500 – $ 4,000
  • Chin & Neck: $ 2,000 – $ 4,500
  • Hips: $ 1,600 – $ 5,000
  • Thighs (Inner or Outer): $ 1,600 – $ 5,000


What factors can affect liposuction cost?

Body area and amount of fat

The area of the body to be treated and the amount of fat to be suctioned off has an impact on the cost of liposuction. The larger the size of the body area and the greater the amount of fat, the more expensive the procedure.

Choice of surgeon

The experience and qualifications of the plastic surgeon you choose will play a big part in the final cost of the liposuction procedure. The more experienced, qualified, and reputed the surgeon, the more expensive. However, choosing an experienced surgeon with a good reputation will guarantee better results.

Staff rates

It goes without saying that the salaries and wages of the staff who will be involved in assisting the surgeon will also affect the price you end up paying for your liposuction

Plastic surgeon’s location

Location plays an important role in determining the cost of liposuction. Plastic surgeons whose practices are located in larger cities with higher rents will naturally be more expensive. 

Procedure costs

The costs of pre- and post-operative screening need to be factored in while estimating how much your liposuction procedure will cost you. To make sure you are in good health, reputable plastic surgeons will demand medical exams and lab work before your treatment. This will reduce the chances of complications occurring during and after the surgery.

The cost of anesthesia, medicines, and aftercare products like pads and compression clothing will also influence the final cost of the procedure. All of these are required to ensure a swift recovery and good results.

Cost of facilities

If your plastic surgeon utilizes a hospital’s space to perform your liposuction, the hospital’s charges will be included in your final bill. However, the facility costs involved in your procedure could be less if the plastic surgeon you’ve chosen owns a private independent surgical facility. To ensure your safety, make sure to thoroughly research the location where you will be undergoing the procedure and make sure that it has the appropriate certification.


Plastic surgeons may utilize a variety of methods and tools to manage excess fat. Depending on your aesthetic objectives and the professional recommendations of your plastic surgeon, the kind of liposuction technique and tools utilized can have an impact on the final cost of the procedure.


How should you prepare for liposuction surgery?

There are a few boxes you’ll want to tick before your procedure if you want a good outcome. A skilled and experienced surgeon, reasonable expectations, and general health are basic prerequisites. 

Reach your weight goal

For optimal liposuction results, you need to get to a desired weight, or at least be within 30% of it, several months prior to the procedure. Bear in mind, though, that getting to your target weight is not the same as getting your dream figure. Even after reaching a weight that is within range of their ideal weight, many people still have stubborn pockets of excess fat in certain locations. This is what liposuction is intended to take care of.

Build muscle

You must tone the underlying muscles that this operation may expose if you want to obtain the leaner, thinner form you desire. For instance, if you want six-pack abs, you’ll need to start working on the muscle group in your abdominal region before your treatment. We recommend working on muscle development months prior to your liposuction for best outcomes. This can increase your strength and set you up for quicker healing, as well as help you achieve the look you want following surgery.

Change your diet

You need to be especially cognizant of your diet while getting ready for surgery. In the months prior to your procedure, it’s important to eat healthy. Your pre-liposuction diet should have two objectives: improve health for faster healing and raise skin suppleness. 

Stop using nicotine

Blood vessels play a crucial role in plastic surgery outcomes. Unfortunately, nicotine has long been known to constrict blood vessels. It is therefore important to stop using nicotine prior to your liposuction.

After all, the rate at which you heal is dependent on the quality of your blood flow. The better your blood flow, the greater your chances for a swift recovery following surgery. In addition, poor blood flow increases your chances of developing blood clots. It is therefore important that you stop smoking as soon as your liposuction appointment has been booked.


Book a consultation with a plastic surgeon

Dr. Richard Moufarrège is more than a plastic surgeon. Apart from running a successful practice and being a member of many international plastic surgery societies, he has been at the forefront of international cosmetic surgery research and spoken at important conventions worldwide. His many years of experience, and his high level of expertise, will ensure that you are given the best guidance before and after your liposuction procedure.

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