Last fact-checked: 14 December 2022
Sculpt your body back into shape with affordable liposuction in Mexico. This popular procedure is offered at dozens of our partner clinics and hospitals across the country, with American and Canadian patients finding they can save up to 70% when booking through Medical Departures.
Safe and affordable, "lipo" is one of the easiest ways to achieve your desired shape in targeted areas, including your stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves, arms and back. It is often carried out in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a tummy tuck.
Below, see how much you can save on the cost of liposuction in Mexico, as well as recommended clinics in destinations like Tijuana, Mexicali, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas, Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Patients seeking a more affordable solution to the ever-rising costs of plastic surgery in the US and Canada typically find that they can save between 50% and 70% in Mexico, with rates for minor liposuction starting under $2,000.
While the average price of basic liposuction surgery in the US hovers around $4,000, this figure can often rise closer to the $10,000 mark, especially in cases where a larger volume of fat is removed from multiple areas of the body. In addition, price quotes from US-based surgeons often do not factor in other essential costs, such as anesthesia, in-patient care and medication.
Take a look at the table below showing a price comparison between US and Mexican clinics for three popular types of liposuction:
Type of Liposuction
Average Price in the USA
Average Price in Mexico
Suction-assisted (tumescent liposuction)
$4,000 - $6,000
$1,500 - $3,000
VASER / Ultrasound liposuction
$6,000 - $7,000
$2,500 - $4,000
$4,000 - $5,000
$1,500 - $2,000
Note: Mexico price estimates were obtained from our partner clinics at the time of writing. US prices are based on recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
For further pricing information, take a look at our recommended global listings further down this page and get in touch with our Customer Care Team for a free, personalized quote.
What Affects the Cost of Liposuction?
Liposuction prices are determined by:
The amount of fat being removed
The method used (tumescent, power-assisted, VASER, laser-assisted, etc)
The number of areas being treated
As a result, it can be difficult to get a clear idea of exactly how much you’ll pay just by browsing online. Each procedure is unique–with anywhere from 25 ccs of fat being removed for facial liposuction going up to a maximum of eight pounds (three to four liters) for more extensive treatment.
Costs can also depend on:
Your body shape
The reputation of your chosen clinic
The location of the clinic in Mexico
The experience of the surgeon and their team
Duration of the surgery
Whether liposuction is being combined with any other cosmetic treatment
Obtaining a Price Quote From Medical Departures
A call to our Customer Care Team can help in this regard, with our team on standby to get you a free, personalized quote based on your cosmetic goals, age, current weight and preferred destination.
You can also submit your details directly via our site–just hit the “Book Appointment” button on any of our liposuction clinic listings; tell us how and when you’d prefer to be contacted, and we’ll be back in touch with a no-obligation quote, at no charge to you.
> Read More: Ultimate Guide to Liposuction Abroad
Are There Any Hidden Costs?
Put simply, no. You will find no upfront fees for booking an appointment or consultation through Medical Departures, nor will you see any unwelcome “service charges” when it comes to settling your medical bill in Mexico.
We take pricing and affordability seriously, and thanks to our Best Price Guarantee pledge, you’ll never pay more than you have to. In case you do find a lower price for the exact same treatment with the same surgeon on the same date, we’ll match it.
Whatsmore, it is also free to cancel any time up to 24 hours before your scheduled appointment time in Mexico.
Cost Savings: The lower cost of care is the main reason patients undergo liposuction in Mexico; in fact, cheaper rates are the main driving force behind the majority of all international medical travel, be that for plastic surgery across the border, a new head of hair in Turkey or a set of new teeth in Thailand.
Most medical travelers tend to save between 60 and 70% by traveling to Mexico, equating to a substantial amount of money saved compared to prices back home. And with the availability of budget-friendly flights, affordable accommodation and lower prices on things like food, drinks and taxis, patients need not worry about fluttering away all those savings on travel expenses.
High Standards of Care: Despite the lower medical costs, the standard of medical care and the knowledge of healthcare providers in Mexico has no bearing on the price. Healthcare facilities are contemporary in Mexico and safety standards–when booking with an independently verified clinic– are considered excellent.
Just as in the United States, doctors in Mexico undergo years of training, while specialists, such as plastic surgeons, must undertake several further years of training. A good percentage have trained in the United States and have affiliations with American surgical boards, such as the International Society of Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) .
Communication is Key: While this may not be true the further you travel outside the cosmopolitan or more touristy areas of Cancun, Tijuana and Cabo, you won’t experience any communication issues when undergoing treatment.
We make sure all of our partner doctors and surgeons are able to speak English well; in fact, many have undertaken part of their training in English-speaking countries, while larger private hospitals in major cities typically provide translation services for additional languages, such as Arabic and French.
Well-Established Medical Tourism Destination: The number of North Americans and Canadians traveling to Mexico’s northern border towns for health purposes has grown exponentially over the last three decades. And while 30 years ago such travel was mostly to pick up cheap (and sometimes prohibited) pharmaceuticals, more and more people are now visiting different parts of the country in search of affordable surgery, as well as non-invasive beauty treatments, dental care and rejuvenation therapies.
A big reason behind this growth is Mexico’s improved standards of care, safety regulations and successful end results, with Mexico’s top surgeons providing treatment in contemporary hospitals with the latest technology. This leads to greater patient trust, word of mouth spreading faster, and then foreign revenue being put back into the system to complete the circle.
Convenience: For a lot of Americans, Mexico offers convenience–with millions of people based in the southern United States (California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) able to reach the border in a matter of hours. With smooth highway links via places like San Diego, LA, Phoenix, Tucson, San Antonio and Texas, it’s not uncommon for patients to be in and out of the country on the same day when going for minor treatments..
As well as Mexico’s drive-to medical destinations, the proliferation of affordable air travel has made it easy for those further afield, not just from America but from around the world.
While the general standard of care in Mexico is high, this doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind and take a chance that a given clinic will be trustworthy. As with any surgical procedure, it’s essential to research your procedure, your doctor and chosen clinic or hospital thoroughly.
Unfortunately, wherever you travel, charlatans are all too ready to take your money and provide you with service that doesn’t meet clinical guidelines and regulations. Small businesses can also provide false or misleading information–particularly with their prices and testimonials; in worse cases, previously blacklisted clinics or surgeons can set up shop in a different location under a new name.
There are good, and not-so-good surgeons everywhere; why take the risk with something as important as your health?
Mitigating Risk with Medical Departures
Booking through Medical Departures takes the risk out of choosing a surgeon in Mexico for your liposuction by conducting all the necessary background checks for you.
With free access to lists of quality-checked healthcare professionals and facilities across the country, you can book with confidence knowing that we have:
Verified doctor and other medical staff qualifications
Reviewed each doctor’s professional memberships and experience
Checked that each clinic holds the right licenses and permissions to offer specialized procedures
Looked into the history of each clinic, checking for incident reports and legal actions
Gathered real clinic photos that are representative of where you’ll be receiving treatment
Collated and published real patient reviews to make your job of finding the best doctor easier
Other Reasons to Book With Medical Departures
Free to cancel up to 24 hours before your appointment
Get a free, personalised price quote directly through our site, over the phone, email or online chat–no credit card details required.
24/7 live chat support–available before, during and after your trip to Mexico
We guarantee the best prices online
Free access to a database of thousands of doctors and clinics across the world
We publish transparent price list estimates on each of our listing pages
Free access to exclusive Medical Departures promotions, available at select clinics
No additional costs for using our platform
Get started now by looking at these top-rated liposuction clinics in Mexico:
Panama Plastic Surgery (Cancun)
Marroquin and Sandoval - Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas)
Juan Gordillo (Guadalajara)
Hospital de la familia (Mexicali)
Advanced Health Medical Center (Tijuana)
Dr.Julio Cesar Diaz Barriga (Monterrey)
Alternatively, see our full list of clinics for liposuction in Mexico (country-wide).
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Where to Go in Mexico for Liposuction?
Many of our partner clinics in the country are located close to the US-Mexico border—meaning patients can drive directly to their appointments, or fly to nearby cities like San Diego (CA), El Paso (TX), Yuma (Z), or Tucson (AZ).
For high-quality medical care close to the Mexican border, popular destinations include Tijuana, Mexicali, and Nuevo Laredo.
> Read More: Ultimate Guide to Liposuction in Tijuana
And for a city break with plenty of culture and history to absorb, consider the vibrant central city of Guadalajara, or the bustling country capital, Mexico City, which receives direct daily flights from LA, New York, Chicago, San Diego, Washington, Miami, Toronto and Vancouver, among other major North American cities.
> Read More: Ultimate Guide to Liposuction in Mexico City
Combining a Vacation with Plastic Surgery
For those looking to combine their plastic surgery with more of a vacation, we’ve partnered with specialists in coastal resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cabo San Lucas.
The tourism destination of choice for many people from both North America and Europe is, of course, Cancun. The international holiday market is already familiar with Cancun as a popular place to enjoy a tropical holiday– and with a choice of clinics in the city offering affordable liposuction prices, this is a very viable option.
> Read More: Ultimate Guide to Liposuction in Cancun
Cabo San Lucas is also another popular holiday destination that is a great place for cosmetic treatments. Places such as Cabo and Cancun merge beaches, oceans, amazing nightlife, top-notch eateries, 5-star resorts and all the other things you need when taking a medical tourism vacation.
NOTE: The most important thing to consider when planning any “medical vacation” is your recovery period following surgery. Any invasive procedure should be viewed as a serious undertaking, thus any activities you have on your itinerary–like sightseeing, shopping, swimming, hiking or getting to know the local nightlife scene–should be done before, not after your surgery. In the days following your liposuction, you’ll be advised to take things as easy as possible in and around the comfort of your hotel; this will help speed up the body's natural healing process and avoid any avoidable complications.
For more information about traveling to Mexico for plastic surgery and other types of medical treatment, visit our Ultimate Guide to Doctors in Mexico.
In Brief: About Liposuction Treatment
Surgeons use various liposuction techniques, with the most popular being:
Tumescent liposuction: anesthetic and drugs are mixed with a saline solution and injected into the fat through small incisions in the problem area.
Power-assisted liposuction (PAL): a specialized device is used to produce a subtle but rapid vibration to break up fat cells, which are suctioned out through a cannula.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL): a technique that liquefies the fat with the application of ultrasound before removal. The fat is removed using a fine cannula instrument attached to a suction device. A similar method that some clinics may offer is VASER®-assisted liposuction (or Vaser lipo).
Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL): a fine laser fiber emitting high-intensity light is used to emulsify fat cells, which are then removed via a thin cannula (or tube-like device) inserted through small incisions.
Which Areas of the Body Can Be Treated?
Liposuction can be used to treat one or more of the following areas:
Abdominal area (often combined with a tummy tuck)
Arms (often combined with arm lift surgery)
Breasts (often combined with breast lift surgery)
Back and chest
Calves and ankles
Neck or lower chin (facial liposuction)
Liposuction Recovery Time
Most smaller liposuction procedures take around 45 minutes to an hour, but it can take up to three hours if you are having multiple sites on both sides of your body.
You will usually feel discomfort, rather than pain, after liposuction which could last for several weeks. This can be eased with painkillers over the first few days.
Immediately after surgery, you may leak fluids for a few days. Drainage tubes and bandages are used to help with this common side effect
You will have to wear compression garments for a few weeks.
Swelling and bruising will occur, with the bruising lasting for a week to ten days, and the swelling gradually diminishing over three weeks.
You will need to take it easy for six weeks, not engaging in any strenuous exercise.
You will be encouraged to walk around relatively soon after surgery.
Q. Which anesthesia method is used for liposuction?
A. While the procedure is usually carried out under local anesthesia to reduce the risk of complications, surgeons may prefer to use general anesthesia in cases where surgery targets large, multiple areas of the body.
Q. How much does liposuction cost in Mexico?
A. Prices at our partner clinics in Mexico start at $1,500 for minor work, increasing to $3,000+ in cases where multiple areas of the body are treated.
Q. How long will I have to wait to see a doctor in Mexico?
A. Patients booking through Medical Departures can look forward to short waiting lists in Mexico, often seeing their chosen surgeon a day or two after making the decision to go.
Q. How long does liposuction surgery take?
A. Depending on the volume of fat being removed and the number of areas treated, surgery can take anywhere between 45 minutes and three hours.
Q. Why is liposuction cheaper in Mexico?
A. As with lower prices for commodities and services, clinics and hospitals are able to charge less thanks to the country’s lower overall cost of living, with those savings passed on to you.
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