A Rundown of Cosmetic Body Contouring Fees

Are you hoping to makeover your body? Maybe you want to recapture your youth or you’re a mother looking to restore your body to pre-pregnancy conditions. Whatever your reason, the following guide should excite you.

Here are the most common body contouring procedures and the fees associated with each one. Keep in mind that these are only estimates and do not include associated fees such as anesthesia, hospital or surgical costs, medical tests, post-surgery garments, prescriptions, and surgeon fees. You can receive a more complete quote by scheduling a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as Doctor Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts.

Cosmetic Body Contouring Fees – How Much for an All-Body Makeover?


Liposuction or simply “Lipo” is a fat-removal procedure that aims to slim down various parts of your body. This procedure continues to be one of the most popular body contouring procedures used by both men and women each year.

Liposuction involves the use of a saline solution that both numbs the area and helps to break down the fatty tissue to be removed. Small incisions are used for the insertion of a metal rod known as a cannula. The surgeon uses the cannula to break up the fatty tissue and suction it out.

Liposuction permanently removes fat from areas such as your abdomen, upper arms, upper thighs, back, buttocks, and under the chin for a base fee of $3,637, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

VASER Liposuction

VASER Liposuction in LA

VASER is a high-tech version of liposuction that takes the fat-removal to the next level. It is an advanced technology. The term stands for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. Instead of a saline solution being injected into the treatment area, radiofrequency energy is used to liquefy the fat.

Otherwise known as acoustic streaming, the sound energy used makes the fat easier to extract. The effect allows the surgeon to perform high-definition body contouring, which allows the body’s musculature to show through.

VASER Lipo can be used on the jowls, neck, abdomen, hips, love handles, back, buttocks, arms, thighs, and male breasts (gynecomastia surgery).

The average cost of the procedure is $6,675 based on self-reported costs on Real Self.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a body contouring procedure aimed at improving the shape and appearance of the abdominal region. During the procedure, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the belly.

Most people think the procedure ends there. It does not. The tummy tuck also involves the strengthening of the fascia, which is the connective tissue in the abdomen. These are tightened with sutures. The end effect gives you a flatter, more toned abdomen.

Ideal candidates for tummy tucks include those with flabby and saggy bellies, such as recent mothers, those who have lost significant amounts of weight, as well as anyone else who wishes to reclaim the body of their youth.

The average cost of a tummy tuck is $6,154, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Mommy Makeover

The mommy makeover represents a combination of procedures suited well for mothers who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies. The procedure contains a grouping of body contouring techniques, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, buttock augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, and labiaplasty.

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Breast augmentation and breast lift are sometimes performed together or apart, depending on the desired outcome. Breast augmentation can involve breast implants or the fat transfer technique, where fatty tissue is extracted from a donor site before the fat is purified and injected into the breasts. The outcome gives the breasts more volume, improved shape, and – in some cases – added perkiness.

Buttock augmentation can involve butt implants or the Brazilian butt lift, which involves the fat transfer technique. During the BBL, one area of the body is made slimmer, such as the abdomen, before the fatty tissue is injected into the buttocks for more rounded firmness. Butt implants have the same effect but are better designed to give the buttocks greater firmness and shape without the extra volume the BBL is known for.

The tummy tuck makes the abdomen toned and firm while liposuction removes stubborn fat from the abdomen or elsewhere on the body, such as the thighs or upper arms.

Labiaplasty is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of enlarged labia minora by either correcting irregularities or reducing its outward appearance.

By having a mommy makeover procedure, women are able to have a collection of procedures with a single surgical session and only one downtime period.

The average cost of a mommy makeover is between $10,000 and $20,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, colloquially referred to as a boob job, is designed to improve the appearance of female breasts.

The procedure uses breast implants or the fat transfer technique to add size and volume to both breasts. The procedure is also used to add symmetry to breasts that are irregularly shaped or lopsided. The effect of the procedure makes the breasts appear rounder with improved size and shape. Today’s advanced techniques give the breasts a natural appearance that does not appear surgically enhanced.

When opting for breast augmentation, women have the choice of using saline breast implants, silicone implants, and gummy bear implants. The latter is a silicone gel that gives the most natural look and feel. Gummy bear implants are also the most expensive.

The fat transfer technique can be used alone or alongside breast implants to further add a natural appearance to the final result.

Breast augmentation costs $4,516 on average, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Butt Augmentation

Butt Augmentation

Buttock augmentation (or gluteal augmentation) is a procedure aimed at improving the volume, shape, and contour of the backside. Patients can opt for buttock implants or fat grafting, which is also called the fat transfer technique. The latter technique is also commonly known as the Brazilian butt lift or BBL.

Good candidates for butt implants and BBL surgery are at a stable and healthy weight without excess saggy skin with excellent skin laxity. The results of both procedures give you greater symmetry, firmness, and a more rounded butt shape.

For a saggy behind, there is also the buttock lift.

The average cost of these procedures is $5,278 for butt implants, $4,807 for buttock augmentation with fat grafting (BBL), and $5,482 for the buttock lift, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Arm Lift

An arm lift corrects flabby upper arms, sometimes referred to as bat wings or bingo wings. If your upper arm continues to wave even when the rest of your arm is staying still, you might be a suitable candidate for this popular body contouring procedure.

The arm lift focuses primarily on the underside of the upper arm, where the skin tends to stretch and fatty tissue accumulates. During the procedure, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from the space between the armpit and elbow. The remaining skin is then placed back over the newly repositioned contours. The aftereffect makes the arms appear more toned.

The average cost of an arm lift is $4,861, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Thigh Lift

When flabby tissue affects the upper thighs, a thigh lift can make the upper legs appear narrow and toned. Also referred to as thighplasty, the technique removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper thighs.

There are a variety of procedures associated with the thigh lift. The inner (medial) thigh lift focuses on saggy skin along the inner thighs. The mini thigh lift aims to remove excess skin and fat from the upper-inner part of the thigh only. The outer (bilateral) thigh lift addresses the outside portion of the thighs. The vertical thigh lift aims to remove excess skin from all areas of the thighs. And the thigh lift with liposuction is preferred for patients with poor skin elasticity along with heavy amounts of excess fat.

The thigh lift costs $5,171 on average, according to data from Healthline.

Body Lift

The body lift aims to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. The procedure is also focused on removing sagging skin and excess fatty tissue.

The body lift can involve extensive incisions. The length and pattern of incisions depend on how much skin and fatty tissue need to be removed. Cosmetic surgeons do their best to hide incisions and the resulting scars in areas that can be easily hidden with clothing and bathing suits.

The results of a body lift make the body appear more contoured immediately, though it can take one or two years for the final results to fully develop.

Body lift surgery costs $7,924 on average, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Abdominal Etching

Abdominal Etching in LA

Abdominal etching represents an advanced liposuction technique aimed at sculpting the abdomen. The technique allows a skilled cosmetic surgeon to remove the superficial and deep layers of fat to reveal the musculature underneath. In some people, especially men, the results can produce six-pack abs. Women can achieve a more toned abdomen, as well, with some women achieving a four-pack with the popular body sculpting procedure.

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The technique is known as SmartLipo and involves either high precision laser technology or radiofrequency energy. The energy beam liquifies the fat around the abdomen, allowing for easy extraction. The more skilled the surgeon, the better your results will be. That is why it pays to search for an experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as Doctor Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts.

The average cost of abdominal etching (SmartLipo) is $6,000, according to Healthline.

Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Fees

Post-bariatric body contouring is aimed at removing excess skin while recontouring the body following extreme weight loss. When a patient loses a significant amount of weight from weight loss procedures such as gastric sleeve surgery or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, occasionally there is excess skin left over. This hanging skin can cause irritation and hygiene issues. At the very least, it can hinder the patient’s ability to find adequate clothing that fits.

Post-bariatric body contouring surgery involves techniques like the belt lipectomy, which is designed to remove the apron of excess skin and fatty tissue that remains along the abdomen, and sometimes along the back. Other procedures include the arm lift, thigh lift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and body lift. For men, gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) can alleviate the excess growth of female-like breasts.

Post-bariatric body contouring surgery fees can be between $8,000 and $30,000 or more, according to WebMD, depending on the procedures and how much skin and fatty tissue need to be removed.

Ready to Recontour Your Body for a Self-Esteem Boost?

Imagine how you could look with fuller breasts, a perkier backside, or slimmed-down arms and thighs. These effects could be yours with one or more body contouring surgeries. You now know the average base cost for these body contouring techniques. Once again, the body contouring fees above are only estimates and do not contain associated costs like surgeon fees and anesthesia.

When you want a detailed quote for your preferred body contouring technique, schedule a consultation with world-renowned cosmetic surgeon Doctor Babak Moein.

Doctor Moein has decades of experience and has helped thousands of patients throughout his career. These days, he operates out of an accredited surgical center in Los Angeles, California. You can meet Doctor Moein and his professional staff by booking a private meeting.

During this meeting, you can discuss your cosmetic goals, the benefits of each procedure, the risks, and the associated body contouring fees. You can even learn more about medical financing, and what to expect after the procedures are complete.

Are you ready to envision the possibilities? Start on the path to recontouring your figure (and boosting your confidence) by calling Moein Surgical Arts at (310)597-4976.

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