In any cosmetic surgery procedure, the patient should have clear aesthetic priorities and goals, and the choice of the right surgeon should be the topmost concern. However, for many patients, cost continues to be an important aspect while choosing an aesthetic procedure. An experienced surgeon will discuss the estimated costs of the procedure during the initial consultation.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes will ensure that the patient is made fully aware about the costs, insurance and financing aspects of a procedure so that they can make an informed decision. Dr. Fortes provides mini tummy tuck and other procedures to patients in Houston, Katy, TX, and surrounding communities.
Factors Influencing the Price Tag
The cost of a mini tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure will differ between two practices in most cases. Sometimes the cost may even vary between two patients at the same practice. The following factors will impact the actual cost of the procedure:
Where the Practice is Located
Location of the practice contributes considerably to how a mini tummy tuck surgery will be priced. The cost of living index will differ from one region to another, depending on the median household incomes, real estate costs, employment opportunities, taxation, and other factors within a region. Major urban centers and prime cities along the coasts will usually have higher costs for most goods and services, including aesthetic surgery.
The cosmetic surgeon will usually charge a fee commensurate with their training, experience, certifications and recognition in the field. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends that patients should choose the best surgeon for their needs, and considerations such as the surgeon’s fee should only be secondary to such a choice.
Operating Room and Anesthesia Costs
A mini tummy tuck surgery is usually performed using local anesthesia and mild sedation, but in some cases, general anesthesia may be used. The costs will vary according to the fee charged by an anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist nurse. The procedure may be performed at a hospital, ambulatory surgical center or a private surgical suite. The costs and benefits in each case will differ, and the surgeon will help the patient make the right choices.
Extent of Surgery
Some mini tummy tuck procedures may involve only a minor removal of loose skin, which is a simpler and quicker procedure. Some other patients may need fat reduction in the lower abdomen, which may be achieved through liposuction in conjunction with mini tummy tuck.
Some surgeons may also combine mini tummy tuck with non-surgical treatments for more comprehensive outcomes. Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Katy, TX, and nearby areas for this procedure.
Insurance and Financing
A mini tummy tuck surgery is generally performed only as an elective procedure for aesthetic purposes. Therefore, the cost of surgery is not likely to be covered under the patient’s health plan. However, most patients will have multiple financing options available to them in order to pay for the procedure in affordable monthly installments.
Conventional bank loans, credit card payments, financing through medical care finance firms, and personal borrowings are some of the common sources of financing of a mini tummy tuck surgery.