What Goes Into Determining Accurate Lipo Pricing 

For those looking for the cost of Liposuction in Columbus, Ohio, we have the answer: from $4,000 to $20,000 in total.

Note: This is a comprehensive estimate that includes every facet of the surgical procedure. While doing your own research, it is important to ask for these total costs and a price breakdown to get the most accurate picture of what to expect. 

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Why Is The Price Range So Wide? 

If a plastic surgery practice offers a one-price-fits-all approach to liposuction, there’s a very good chance someone is getting a bad deal somewhere down the line – and that person is most often the patient. At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, we deliver surgical options and financing plans unique to each person, their goals, and their current circumstances.

We firmly believe that this is the fairest and most equitable method of determining costs. After all, you shouldn’t be paying for extra fees that don’t apply to you! 

What Affects The Final Costs? 

It is incredibly difficult to provide a ballpark estimate without first understanding your unique goals and desires. This is why scheduling a liposuction consultation is important in order to receive an accurate quote. 

Financing Your Liposuction Procedure

There’s nothing more important than connecting on a human level and helping you make the best, most informed decision for yourself. This includes financing decisions! Many of our patients choose to finance their liposuction procedure with a payment plan. We offer a variety of different options for financing plastic surgery. Our team will work with you to help you determine which is right for you.

Discussing The Costs Of Liposuction

What Happens After That First Conversation? 

Once your surgical plan has been determined, you will meet with a surgical coordinator to go over your customized liposuction quote and look at available surgery dates. This quote stays valid for 6 months after you receive it. This means you have plenty of time to make your decision and prepare for surgery!

We require a $100 consultation fee that is collected during scheduling. This fee is applied as a credit to your account, so it goes toward the cost of your surgery (or anything else at our office).

Have Additional Questions About The Total Cost of Lipo?

We are on standby with the answers! Liposuction in Columbus, Ohio is an incredible procedure that offers long-lasting, beautiful results. Our local team is dedicated to giving you the information you need to make a well-informed decision. Remember: this is your confidence journey!

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The Information You Need to Decide Which Fat Reduction Technique Is Right For You

Diet and exercise are great, but they can’t target or spot treat fat loss. Genetics, age, and a number of other factors can get in the way of seeing your goals fulfilled. Luckily, you have excellent fat reduction options available to you at Donaldson Plastic Surgery! Two of the most popular are CoolSculpting (the non-surgical option) and liposuction (the more intensive, surgical strategy).   

Below, you will find a clear breakdown of each type of treatment as you continue to build the perfect plan to achieve your personal body goals!



We Can Help You Decide Which Option Is Best For You

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, the fat reduction experts at Donaldson Plastic Surgery have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to both surgical liposuction and non-surgical CoolSculpting treatments. They will work with you – one-on-one – to further understand your personal goals and determine which path forward will help you achieve those goals in a timely manner (like before the big wedding or that next beach vacation)! 

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The Answers You Need & The Questions You Should Ask Yourself To Determine If Liposuction Is The Right Option For You

While the process isn’t particularly painful, Liposuction is still a fairly intense surgical procedure that requires plenty of research and self-reflection to make a well-informed decision before moving forward. You can likely find a lot of the more “procedural” answers online; a simple YouTube video search will show you exactly what the average surgery looks like.

But that’s not why we’re here! We’re here to focus on you, the person.

Thinking about liposuction

How do you see yourself? What are your unique goals? What have you tried in the past and where has that strategy fallen short? We invite you to do a little introspection with us today and determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure.

Do You Know What Your Goals Are?

Our job isn’t to point out faults or areas that “need work.” Instead, we work with you to build the right strategy that fits your unique goals. This self-reflection is critical when supplying the answers we need to best help you!

Do You Feel Like You Just Can’t Keep Your Motivation High?

When it comes to getting in shape, Liposuction does some of the lifting for you but it can also come with a positive side effect: motivation. We have found that some patients are driven to live a healthier lifestyle after seeing their initial surgical results. If you’re inspired by changes in the mirror, this could be a great option for you – not just to get rid of extra pockets of fat but to stay motivated in the long-term!

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Is Non-Invasive A Better Option For You?

Many patients come to us believing they need Liposuction to reach their goals when there are less intense options out there that can get them over the final hurdles without surgery. Liposuction is a great option for individuals who have some volume to lose in a target area. It can help even out any “bulges” that appear and create beautiful body contours.

However, if you’re just struggling to get rid of that final little bit in your abs, flanks, butt (banana roll) or thighs, CoolSculpting could be a stronger solution. This non-surgical procedure involves the freezing and metabolizing of fat cells in the body, resulting in great results for individuals who don’t need too much help in their journey!

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Are You Seeing Excess Fat… Or Just Excess Skin?

If you have lost weight in the past or recently gave birth, there’s a chance that what you’re witnessing is actually loose skin. In this case, Liposuction is not an ideal solution. We also have an entire catalog of skin tightening options to discover – from skincare products, to medspa treatments, to surgical procedures!

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Do You Have Realistic Expectations About Surgery?

Liposuction is a great long-term solution, but it is heavily reliant on aftercare and forming healthy lifestyle habits. It’s a unique chance to erase years of struggle and discomfort. However, the results will only last as long as the individual allows them to.

It is also important to remember that this procedure is designed to take fat away. This can naturally enhance existing features but it will not build new ones.

Are You Of Age & In Good Health?

For the most part, Liposuction can be performed on anyone regardless of age or size. However, we have found that younger patients tend to have better results due to greater skin elasticity.

We determine that a patient is in “good health” if they have no active infections, untreated cancer or other serious medical conditions. An ideal candidate does not smoke or drink heavily. Our board-certified surgeons will ensure that you don’t have any adverse reactions to anesthesia before proceeding. Liposuction is not considered safe for pregnant women and we typically wait for a patient to complete breastfeeding before opting for this procedure.

Our team will also work with you directly to help determine if you are in an ideal mental state to make your final decision.

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Do You Want To Feel Confident & More Comfortable In Your Own Skin?

Your comfort, your confidence – that’s why we do it! This decision is about how you feel every step of the way, from the beginning research phase, to the initial consultation, to the surgical experience, to routine follow-ups to make sure you’re satisfied with your results.

At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, we carry this patient-driven approach with us when discussing your goals and when it comes to our before and after photos philosophy. Looking at naked pictures of strangers that don’t look like you isn’t going to give you a strong indication of what your results can be. That’s why, during your private consultation, we will present before and after pictures that look closer to your body type and your desired figure!

Do You Want to Feel Understood, Prepared & Empowered?

If so, we want you to choose Donaldson Plastic Surgery for your Liposuction in Columbus, Ohio! We are uniquely equipped to answer all of your questions and create a clear path forward toward achieving your goals. Our goal is to boost your confidence – not just with our incredible lipo results but also when it comes to helping you make the right choice for your body! 

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What Is The Difference Between Liposuction & A Tummy Tuck? 

Liposuction removes excess fat from a specific part of the body. A Tummy Tuck is a more thorough, stomach-focused procedure that involves the removal of excess fat, removal of loose skin and the reconstruction of the abdominal muscles. 

Liposuction surgeons using a cannula

A Closer Look at Liposuction 

Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure designed to help a patient target fat loss in problematic areas – usually in the stomach, thighs, back and/or arms. First, a small incision is made before a metal tool (called a “cannula”) is inserted into the desired area. The cannula is attached to a suctioning device. The liposuction surgeon proceeds to move the tube back and forth, breaking up fat cells and removing them from the body. 

While specific techniques can vary, the process as a whole has become safer, more efficient and more comfortable for patients over time. Liposuction is an excellent option for those looking to get over the final stubborn hurdles of their weight loss, fitness or self-confidence journey. 

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Tummy Tuck Surgeons Performing Procedure

A Closer Look at Tummy Tuck Surgery

The Tummy Tuck (also known as Abdominoplasty) is a procedure that is more intensive when compared to Liposuction because it not only removes fat from the abdominal area but also removes loose skin and restores weakened stomach muscles to create a more defined and contoured look. 

Once a patient is fully anesthetized, a horizontal incision is made across the lower abdomen from hip to hip, then a vertical incision is made between the belly button and the first incision above the pubic mound. The abdominal skin is then lifted, underlying muscles are sewn together and repaired while the belly button is preserved. From here, the upper abdominal skin is pulled down and the excess skin – with attached fat – is trimmed away. The surgeon may also couple the Tummy Tuck procedure with Liposuction to remove even more fat from the body. Once completed, the incisions are closed using sutures, adhesives and/or clips.

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Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

How To Decide Which Is Right For You

While the Tummy Tuck is typically reserved for higher volume needs, mothers often opt for this procedure as it can help remove excess skin and repair the abdominal wall post-childbirth. Liposuction is the ideal choice for patients who are close to reaching their goals but can’t quite get over that final hurdle. A non-surgical option called Coolsculpting may be an excellent option for those who are close to their goals and are simply looking to reduce fat in a specific area – instead of seeing a number change on the scale! 

Have additional questions about the differences between Tummy Tuck and Liposuction? Our experts are on standby to put your mind at ease and help figure out which procedure is best for you and your goals! 

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Chin liposuction — also called submental liposuction or “chin lipo” — is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that suctions excess fat from the chin, neck, and jawline (the cause of a double chin). It is one of the many minimally-invasive procedures we offer safely here at our office under local anesthesia. Check out a first-person perspective on the recovery process after chin liposuction with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle Sieffert.

Chin lipo, from a patient’s perspective

If you suffer from excessive chin fat, you know the struggle. Before my procedure, my double chin was always my biggest insecurity for as long as I could remember. I was so self-conscious about my profile that I unintentionally developed a years-long habit of jutting out my lower jaw to look like I had more of a chin than I actually did. Not only was this physically tiring, but when I looked at myself, my chin was the only thing I could see.

Last December, I decided to make the most of my time off from the pandemic & the holiday season and scheduled myself to receive submental liposuction with Renuvion Skin Tightening (also known as J Plasma) underneath my chin. Dr. Sieffert, my surgeon, specifically recommended lipo with Renuvion for me, which is a new technology to Donaldson Plastic Surgery that essentially tightens up the skin after liposuction. Dr. Sieffert expected I would get great results, so I was totally on-board with her recommendations, and excited to see my end result!

The Day of Surgery

On the morning of my procedure, I arrived at the Donaldson Plastic Surgery office early to get my bearings and mentally prep. They have underground parking garage below their office, so it was really private and convenient to take the elevator from where I parked my car right up to their space. Luckily, my S.O. was there with me to support me and drive me to and from the surgery. We sat in reception together, both a little nervous and excited, until it was time.

The minute I saw Dr. Sieffert, all of my nerves disappeared. She explained to me exactly what we would be doing that day, what I was going to experience, how it was going to feel, everything. Then, it was time to get started.

Now, I have to be honest. Experiencing surgery while you are awake is… weird. The actual liposuction tube (cannula) is a little strange — you can hear the sound of suction close to your ears, and you do feel the rod thrusting back and forth. But the team of Donaldson Plastic Surgery was there with me the whole time, holding my hand and letting me know that I was doing perfectly. I knew that the end result was going to be worth any discomfort I had in the moment, which, strangely, kept me feeling really calm. Dr. Sieffert was WONDERFUL and made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure. All in all, it lasted around one hour.

It’s definitely worth mentioning that, unfamiliar sensations aside, I personally did not experience any pain at all. I was completely numbed beforehand, and had preemptively taken medication for pain and anxiety, so I felt literally no fear the entire time I was in there. It honestly felt safer in their procedure room than being at the dentist.

Recommendations for a quick liposuction recovery

1. Prepare your recovery environment

I brought my significant other with me, who was prepared to drive and help me that day. I also did all of my paperwork before so I didn’t have to worry about it, and I had the couch set up with everything I needed around me for when I got home (water, laptop, charger, snacks, blanket, OTC meds, heating pad, neck pillow, etc.).

2. Discuss pain management ahead of time.

Dr. Sieffert sent in two prescriptions to my pharmacy for me to take before my procedure. I would highly recommend having a conversation with Dr. Sieffert about what medications she would recommend for you, whether it be for relaxation or pain, and that you are both clear on the plan.

3. Take the time off.

Take 3 to 5 days off of work if you can. While I did feel good for most of my recovery, and felt like I could have worked from home, I was glad that I didn’t plan to be productive during this time.

4. Don’t skimp on wearing the compression garment.

It really does help reduce the potential for swelling and makes your results better. In the first week or two, do not take it off for an extended period of time except to bathe. I would recommend wearing the compression at night for a couple of months after surgery. A really great tip I learned to make wearing the compression garment easier was to wear a soft cotton headband underneath to protect your skin and ears from become irritated under the velcro fastenings. It also helps to keep the wrap clean if it’s not sitting directly on your skin!

5. Eat plenty of protein.

This one came from Dr. Sieffert herself. You want to make sure you’re getting enough protein after your surgery so your body has what it needs to begin the healing process. It is super important to make sure you have protein-rich foods and supplements on deck.

6. Discuss your expectations with your surgeon.

I absolutely recommend talking with your surgeon ahead of time about the specific results you want, and whether or not they recommend any additional treatments to get you there. Because of my recessive chin, we also discussed the possibility of a chin implant or placing fillers in both the chin and along the jawline to better define these areas. I’m glad that we have a larger plan to go on, and I plan to receive a chin implant soon when I am ready.

My recovery

After the procedure, I felt great because I was still generally pretty numb, and the pain medication I had taken before my procedure was still working. I took it easy the next couple of days after surgery. I began feeling the swelling and discomfort set in on day 2, which is when I felt my worst.

After chin liposuction, you are supposed to wear a compression sleeve around your chin to minimize any swelling that occurs 24 hours a day for at least the first week. That was more of a nuisance than anything, but I was willing to wear this compression band in order to make sure I had the best results possible. I took the weekend and 3 days off of work to fully recover before getting back into my normal day-to-day routine. I had no bruising at all, no eating restrictions, and I was able to shower the next day.

I first began to notice my results really coming in about a week after the procedure once my swelling went down — I knew then that I would LOVE my results because they get better and better over time as your skin heals and tightens. The only scarring I have is a small incision scar hidden underneath my chin and my ears where the liposuction cannula was inserted. They are really well hidden, and less than a couple of centimeters wide — the office even gave me a scar gel to use on my incisions to help them heal really nicely.

I am so grateful to Dr. Sieffert and the team at Donaldson Plastic Surgery for my chin liposuction experience. I have to admit it — I was emotional when Dr. Sieffert said we were all done. I cried when I looked in the mirror after my procedure, just from the sheer relief I felt once I realized that my insecurity was gone. It was a really powerful moment, and I am so happy I did it.

Ready to leave your double-chin behind?

Chin lipo can be combined with other skin tightening or fat reduction treatments, or even a chin implant to help define the contour of the neck. A neck lift, Renuvion, Kybella, chin and jawline fillers, and CoolSculpting are all alternative treatments for the double-chin, or can be combined with chin liposuction to define your neck and maximize your results!

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Columbus, OH board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey H. Donaldson answers your most personal and practical questions about the mommy makeover procedure.

What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is an umbrella term we use for any combination of surgeries that address the parts of the body most affected by pregnancy and childbirth. A typical mommy makeover may include any combination of:

Who is a good candidate for the mommy makeover procedure?

Any patient who is healthy, and has those typical anatomic changes that are associated with pregnancy. Those changes might include abdominal muscle separation, extra subcutaneous fat that may have lingered after childbirth, stretched skin, stretch marks, or a deformity or overlap at the point of their c-section scar.

Some women’s breasts may have been deflated through breastfeeding, which is characterized by a lack of fullness in the upper pole of the breast, or by a lack of cleavage line. A breast augmentation can provide roundness for someone whose breast tissue has fallen lower on their chest, or they may even benefit from a breast lift. There are also patients whose breast tissue tends to grow and enlarge after pregnancy, in which case a breast reduction with a lift might be necessary.

Patients who may have enlarged labia minora or the inner lips of their vaginal area may require tightening or reduction, which is commonly referred to as a labiaplasty.

Do I have to have kids in order to do a mommy makeover?

Not necessarily! The “mommy makeover” moniker is given because these changes are typical through pregnancy and childbirth, but similar changes can occur through massive weight change or weight loss, or just through our own genetics.

How long should I wait to get a mommy makeover after nursing?

I recommend waiting at least 6 months from the time you finish breastfeeding to pursue any form of breast procedure. Your breasts continue to change over time, and you can see residual deflation in months and years after. It is possible to have an operation that might have been different had the breast tissue been given time to settle back into its normal state after pregnancy.

Can you revise a c-section scar with mommy makeover?

Yes — that’s a part of a routine abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, which is a procedure usually part of a mommy makeover.

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Why do you repair the abdominal muscles during a mommy makeover?

Often times during pregnancy, the rectus muscles of the abdomen (or the “six pack”) tend to spread apart. There’s a small tendon called the linea alba that brings those muscles together; during pregnancy that can stretch to the point where what used to be a flat floor is now rounded or somewhat soft, causing your abdominal muscles to separate and weaken. During a tummy tuck, sutures are used to bring the outer covering of those muscles back together and reconstruct that tendon down the middle, so those abdominal muscles are brought back side by side. Repairing this diastasis recti makes it possible to get back that nice flat core that existed before pregnancy.

How long is the recovery for a mommy makeover, on average?

It certainly depends on what kind of combination of procedures are chosen. Typically, if there is both a breast procedure and a tummy tuck, it’s usually anywhere from a week to two weeks away from ordinary responsibilities, and closer to a month to six weeks before any strenuous exercise.

What should I do to prepare for a mommy makeover?

Generally, it’s best for patients to be within 15 to 20 pounds of their natural realistic weight. Most people are, so as long as they’re within that zone, then it would be safe. Other than that, it’s a matter of good nutrition, good rest, exercise, and being physically and emotionally prepared for surgery.

Breast Implant Options

What kind of implants would you recommend for me?

Implant selection is a highly customized process where we discuss proportions, anatomy, goals, and desires. Most often, we use a round, smooth silicone implant of moderate or high profile. The size is generally determined by the patient’s measurements and their own goals in terms of size and shape.

What are the scars like typically for a mommy makeover?

It depends on what procedures are selected, but for a breast augmentation, there will be a very small fine scar, approximately one inch long that is hidden within the fold under the breast. A tummy tuck would be similarly smooth, and would run right below the bikini line above pubic area from hip to hip across the front of the abdomen. Generally tummy tuck scars are not carried out to the sides of the flanks.

Any liposuction would be done through very small, quarter-inch incisions that are well concealed. And then, of course, labiaplasty would be very minimal scarring, often completely free of any scar tissue.

Can I get a mommy makeover if I still want to have children?

Yes. However, if a patient is actively planning on having more kids, we generally counsel them to wait until they are finished. In the event that a patient would become pregnant after a mommy makeover, there may be some sort of touch up procedure necessary.

Mommy Makeover FAQs

Where do you perform mommy makeovers, and is an overnight stay required?

Mommy makeovers are outpatient procedures that we perform in an outpatient surgical center in the Columbus, Ohio area. No overnight is required, but for someone who lives out of state or has more complex medical concerns, overnights could always be arranged.

Is there a benefit to combining procedures with a mommy makeover?

If a patient knows that they want to have multiple procedures, then typically we will combine anything that can be done within a six-hour time frame. That is the point at which the risk curve tends to increase with more anesthesia. There is also an advantage in terms of only having a single recovery period, and it offers small financial advantages to combine multiple procedures.

What is the right age to get a mommy makeover?

There is no right age for a mommy makeover! Anyone over the age of 18 who has had children is usually a good candidate for a mommy makeover procedure. Genetics, health history, and background all play a role.

Why should I choose Donaldson Plastic Surgery for my mommy makeover?

The mommy makeover is what we are quite well-known for. A lot of patients trust us to do multiple procedures for them at the same time, and we have excellent outcomes. We consistently have patients rave about our staff, about our process, and about our results, and they tend to heal very well.

Interested in setting up a consultation with Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert for a mommy makeover?

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I was thinking about making a change.  I’ve worked really hard on improving my body over the last few years, and I really liked what I was doing but I needed a little extra. So, I did some research.  I really liked what I saw on the website for Dr. Donaldson’s office. I called in, made an appointment, met the staff, met Dr. Donaldson – he’s awesome. The staff was awesome. I really felt comfortable as I came in. And here I am, six weeks later after the surgery. I feel great. Everything looks awesome! I’m healing in front of schedule and I just really like the results. I’m looking good. 

*Note: Patient results will vary. All video testimonials were voluntarily submitted by actual patients with permission to publish on our website. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to guarantee outcomes.

It seems that every month a new type of liposuction hits the market –for example, Vaser. Columbus, Ohio, liposuction patients may choose among traditional suction, ultrasonic, laser, power-assisted and many variations and combinations of these technologies. While marketing hypes new products, and enthusiasm builds for the latest brands, it is still the plastic surgeon who wields these instruments that matters most.

Dr. Donaldson insists on performing each liposuction himself after careful study of each patient’s concerns and goals, ideal vs. current contours, fat composition vs. cellulite. He is comfortable using the latest technologies, and he frequently combines techniques in order to customize results. Dr. Donaldson finds certain liposuction modalities
helpful in specific situations; for instance, ultrasonic-assisted liposuction is excellent for dense areas on the back and male patients with gynecomastia. Traditional liposuction offers superior control around the neck and face. A combination of both leaves beautiful curves around the abdomen, flanks, arms and legs.

Before you select a liposuction procedure based on an advertisement or casual conversation, determine WHO will be performing the operation. Dr. Donaldson is a plastic surgeon with skilled training, an artistic eye for beauty, and experience that ensures safety.

Bikinis, tank tops, low-cut jeans and shorts are coming out of storage during warm weather, which means belly buttons across the world are coming into view. 

Perhaps you are fortunate to have a navel that is small, vertically-oriented, slightly tapered around the edges and centered within a concave “six-pack” of muscle — these are the descriptors of the aesthetically ideal umbilicus that has been studied by current plastic surgeons. No matter what your concerns are, a plastic surgeon can help you attain your ideal belly button.

Women whose midriffs have been distorted by weight loss, weight gain, surgery or pregnancy are now seeking help from Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson in Columbus, Ohio. Belly button surgery (umbilicoplasty or omphaloplasty) is offered here to restore a youthful, more attractive appearance. Dr. Donaldson hides the small incisions inside the cavern of the navel, and he uses several layers of inner stitches to create the desired effects.

When the belly button alone is treated, this focused procedure may be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Sometimes, the optimal result is achieved in combination with liposuction or tummy tuck to contour the entire abdomen. Either way, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Donaldson to review your goals and best options. Don’t let anything limit your fun in the sun!

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