One of the most frequently asked questions people have before they go in for liposuction surgery is how much it will cost when it's all said and done. Liposuction costs vary, depending on a number of factors.

There are a number of non-surgical costs of the surgery that would factor into the final price, such as charges for the operating room, the nurses, medical supplies, pre-operative lab tests, and post-operative garments.

Different surgeons charge different fees, which means that the price scales will vary with surgeons in various regions of the country. A surgeon will base fees on his or her medical qualifications and the experience they have had with this particular type of liposuction surgery. Usually, the ones who are very experienced with a procedure will charge more; meanwhile, costs for the medical facility and other additional requirements will have an affect on the final price.

In some areas of the country, surgeons' fees and the charges for support staff are significantly higher. It's essential that you get everything in writing prior to your liposuction surgery, including the doctor's estimate of his own fee and other associated costs. If your doctor doesn't discuss the cost and the procedure with you candidly, find another, more responsible doctor.

Usually, the charge for an initial liposuction surgery is higher than it would be for any subsequent procedures. You will often get discounts on any successive liposuction surgeries. The area of the body being operated on is another factor that will determine the exact cost of the procedure. Your surgery bill will also include fees for the anesthesia.

It's easier for a surgeon to operate on areas of the body that have a greater fat content. Such areas include the abdomen, the buttocks and the thighs. Liposuction is much more difficult, and thus much more expensive, in areas like the chin, face, neck and ankles.

The degree of risk in a liposuction surgery is higher for men than women, as men have more fibrous fat in their bodies. As a result, liposuction for men costs much more than it does for women.

And too, if the liposuction surgeon needs to remove a high percentage of fat from the body, the cost will be more. This is because it takes longer to remove large amounts of fat, and thus the surgeon's fee is higher. This is one of many reasons why liposuction to remove fat should be viewed as a last resort. And it should only be considered in the event that proper diet and a good exercise regimen have not produced the desired results.

When a patient decides on the procedure he or she wants, the costs for that particular type of surgery will be provided. The types of equipment and various devices used in the procedure will differ, depending on the type of procedure being done. The costlier procedures involve newer technology like ultrasonic liposuction and laser liposuction; traditional procedures like tumescent liposuction are usually less expensive.

And every year, the total cost of liposuction procedures rises. In 1992, the average cost for a procedure in the U.S. was $1,622. By the year 2000, the price rose to $1,985, reflecting economical concerns and the surgeons' own rising expenses. A $300 increase in 8 years doesn't seem outrageous. But by 2006, six short years later, the average price of liposuction jumped nearly $800 to reach $2,750.