Tumescent Liposuction & VASER Lipo Technology

Tumescent liposuction is highly developed and readily available in Thailand from US$750 per point.

It's the most popular invasive plastic surgery procedure in the world.

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. It is popular because fat removed by liposuction never comes back.

Tumescent liposuction uses incisions so small they require no stitches and is the safest form of liposuction.

Tumescent liposuction costs we quote are always package prices and include the surgical fee, the facility fee, anesthesia fee and hospital stay.

Examples of liposuction prices by a highly experienced Thai plastic surgeon:

liposuction in Bangkok starts at US$750 per site

Grab a calculator and do the math. Thailand liposuction is so affordable that if you include the airfare in the total cost, Bangkok liposuction still costs less a lot less and you can also have a great holiday in one of the world's premier tourist destinations with legendary nightlife. Medical tourism in Thailand continues to make sense for procedures such as this.

Other high quality service providers quote prices in Thai Baht so your cost will fluctuate based on your home currency.

In the last quarter of 2014, a charge of Baht 50000 per site/point for tumescent liposuction would equal about US$1543.

A charge of Baht 66,000-74,000 for VASER liposuction would equal about US$2036 up to US$2283 — per point/site.

The professional opinion of some Thai doctors is that it's better for the patient to be under general anesthesia and the price includes it.

Others prefer local anesthesia or IV sedation and charge more if you want to be under general anesthesia while the tumescent liposuction is being done.

Fat is more difficult to remove in men than women because the fat is more fibrous. Men are also generally larger than women. In the USA, men must often pay US$1,000 more than women for tumescent liposuction. In Bangkok, men are NOT charged more than women for liposuction even though it takes longer.

photo: Bangok liposuction cost: as low as US$666 per point

Even when multiple sites are done and a lot of fat removed, there is so little bleeding during and after tumescent liposuction that it will probably be less than the amount of blood taken for tests during your pre-op consultation with the doctor.

Thai plastic surgeons are well-aware of so-called “laser liposuction”, laser-assisted “smart liposuction” (SmartLipo) and VASER Hi-Def LipoSculpture and other VASER LipoSelection procedures invented by Dr. Alfredo Hoyos. But some doctors argue they are not convinced these newer procedures are better.

Bangkok also offers both VASER liposelection & VASER liposuction.

VASER ultrasonic liposuction and laser liposuction do NOT use smaller incisions. However, VASER Hi-Def is a specific type of liposuction procedure used more to sculpt the body rather than to just remove unwanted fat. It was developed for generally healthy, fit men and women who desire a more sculpted, athletic appearance.

VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) is a third-generation, internal ultrasound-assisted liposuction device that emulsifies fat cells while preserving important tissues like nerves, blood vessels and collagen. Vaser Lipo costs costs more.

For four points or more, the procedure can take 3-4 hours and the price includes one night stay in hospital and all medicines. The technology has been around more than eight years.

Although some Thai plastic surgeons still insist VASER is not significantly better than tumescent liposuction and has no clear advantage over "abdominal etching” pioneered by Dr de Souza Pinto, Almost all American plastic surgeons who have used VASER technology report that “in the hands of skilled physicians” it gets superior results over traditional liposuction with:

A number of Thai plastic surgeons contend that swelling, bruising or pain varies according to the patient's anatomy and metabolism as well as the skill and experience of the surgeon, not whether tumescent liposuction, VASER liposuction, laser liposuction or “smart liposuction” is used.

VASER Hi-Def LipoSculpture points

“High definition liposuction” is not an American procedure, it's from South America.

Basically, it's simply more detailed strategic removal of fat deposits on lean persons with some help from an ultrasound machine so sometimes also called “ultrasonic liposuction”.

A plastic surgeon highly experienced with tumescent liposuction can do similar male abdominal liposuction body sculpting.

And a big advantage of tumescent liposuction is that is does not require a patient to be within 10-15 pounds of ideal weight, workout frequently, and have no more than 3% body fat as required by some American doctors offering VASER.

Some American plastic surgeons like to give patients the impression their form of tumescent liposuction is more gentle, lower risk and they have more control resulting in more accuracy because they use special “specifically designed micro cannulas” 2.5-3.1 mm in diameter.

Thai plastic surgeons routinely use smaller cannulas starting at 2 mm diameter. Some even use what American surgeons might call “supermicro cannulas” just 1 mm in diameter for tumescent liposuction of certain body areas.

If their 2½ mm cannula gets better and smoother results because it's so small then you would expect Thai plastic surgeons with cannulas half that size to achieve significantly better results. However, cannula diameter is chosen based on what is best for the work to be done and not on the simplistic reasoning that smaller is always better.

Many Thai plastic surgeons who offer tumescent liposuction under general anesthesia do NOT reduce the price for subsequent sites done during the same session. Every site costs the same but there are no hidden costs.

Price quotations never include the cost of any unforeseen complications and usually exclude the cost of medicines such as pain killers and antibiotics which are prescribed as needed so cannot be predicted accurately. Medicines in Thailand are inexpensive but budget US$50-100± for them.

If you want to know the exact liposuction costs for your case, send as email attachments digital photos of the relevant part of your anatomy from front, back and both sides. No need to crop, re-size or do anything to the photos

Send them to us exactly as they come out of the camera and we will prepare them for the surgeon's optimum viewing. But make sure they are in focus and don't get the camera too close.

Flash photos from about 100-150 cm (3.5-5 feet) away tend to come out best and make sure no glass or mirrors are included in the image.

Then you'll know how many areas or "points" of liposuction the surgeon considers you to have and the total fee — no surprises. Because some hospitals have a policy that an area with very large amounts of fat may be charged as two points.

Gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia is male breast enlargement due to fat accumulation and is common among elderly men if they've gained weight. Liposuction for male breast reduction, is often quoted at a specific price.

In the USA, gynecomastia for an average size male is about US$3,000 and more for big men.

Gynecomastia in some large male breasts requires a mastectomy for removal of actual breast tissue, not liposuction. The cause of the male breast enlargement determines the most appropriate procedure.

If a mastectomy is required, it is quoted at the same price for a female mastectomy, but may be reduced depending on amount of breast tissue to be removed. A package price usually includes 1-2 nights hospital stay as required, food, and nursing care.

Chin liposuction is also frequently quoted at a specific price.