How much does knee liposuction cost?

Does it all depend on how much fat you have on your knees or is there a general range I should be expecting? I think this procedure will help me in a multitude of ways so I was hoping I could afford it. Thanks.


F, 45, New Jersey

Tags:woman age 35-44 excess knee fat cost

During my first consultation with the liposuction surgeon who ultimately performed my procedure, my biggest concern was the cost. This can vary from doctor to doctor, and not everyone pays the same amount for knee liposuction. I had to take into consideration if I was going to have general anesthesia or something just to sedate me like lidocaine. Usually it depends on how much fat you need to get removed from the knee area. If there is a large amount of fat you might need to get general anesthesia which will increase the price. If you don't have too much fat you will probably be a good candidate for tumescent liposuction and won't need general anesthesia which will make the cost less.

After asking a few people and doing some research on my own, I found that while every doctor does charge a different amount, they are typically in the same range. Anyone can expect to pay about $3000-$4000. Just remember that this price is not set in stone, and any number of factors could affect the cost.

After spending years of my life being significantly overweight and depressed about it, I finally managed to drop several pounds and get my life back together. Little did I know that I would be left with excess fat on my knees, leaving me feeling awkwardly disproportioned. That's when I discovered knee lipo just flipping through a magazine one day, and it was like a dream come true for me. Worried about the cost to have this done, I did a lot of research and consulted with a few well-known plastic surgeons in my area. Luckily, the cost wasn't as much as I had feared, about $3000 in total. Total cost really can vary though, anywhere from $2000 to $3500 depending upon how much fatty tissue there is and what kind of anesthesia you get, local or general.

I had been dreading finding out what the cost of my knee liposuction was going to be. Bracing myself, I asked my plastic surgeon what the final damage would be. The end result wasn't as bad as I had thought! The average cost for knee liposuction is around $3500, and it depends on a few different things. One thing that determines how expensive your procedure will be is the surgeon and location. If they are at the top of their field or in high demand, their services will cost more. One factor that also determines price is how much fat you need to have removed, if there is more to remove the procedure will take longer and be more costly. One other thing that can affect price is the type of technique used to extract the fat.

I just went in for a consultation and this is what I was told. The cost of knee liposuction is determined by factors such as:

  • The status of the surgeon and their locality. If a surgeon has more experience in his field of expertise, he is likely to be more expensive.
  • The different techniques used to perform the surgery. This affects the price of knee liposuction.
  • If the fat deposits to be removed are large, this means the procedure will take more time, and the cost will be high.
  • The cost of surgery may be lower for a healthy person who is less likely to develop complications.
  • Laboratory fees may increase the cost of the surgery and other miscellaneous expenses like compression garments.

The cost of knee liposuction is not specific. It varies from patient to patient depending on such factors as:

• The amount of fat to be removed. If the fat deposit is large, then the procedure will take longer. The cost will undoubtedly rise.
• The liposuction technique used in the procedure. 
• The cost of anesthesiologist’s services.
• The reputation of the surgeon and their location. A more experienced surgeon will charge you more expensively. Also, a doctor in New York will not charge you same fees as one in Manhattan, even if they have the same reputation.
• Your personal health. A healthy patient is less likely to present complications. Therefore, this may lower the cost of surgery.
• Preoperative laboratory fees
• Miscellaneous expenses, like elastic compression garments

The approximate cost of a knee liposuction will also depend on whether the procedure is done on the inner or the anterior parts of the knee. For the inner part of the knee, the cost ranges between $3,300 and $6,500. The anterior part of the knee costs less, between $2,500 and $6,000.