Abdominoplasty, popularly known as tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure involving reduction of excess skin and fat, and tightening of underlying abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck is a major surgery, and it is important to understand all aspects of the procedure before taking a decision.
Experienced surgeons will discuss about the procedure in detail during the initial consultation and also advise the patient about its estimated costs. Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Fortes, provides tummy tuck, and other procedures to patients in Houston, Katy, TX, and surrounding areas.
The cost of tummy tuck plastic surgery can differ from one practice to another, and in some cases, may even differ between two patients at the same practice. A number of factors can influence the overall financial hit of the procedure.
Location of the Practice
Where the practice is located can make a difference to the cost of the surgery. The cost of living index will usually vary from one state to another, which may impact the average cost of most types of goods and services, including plastic surgery procedures. For instance, the cost of tummy tuck in Houston, Katy, TX, and nearby locations may not be the same as the cost of the same procedure in, say, Orlando, FL.
The cosmetic surgeon may charge a fee according to their skills, experience and reputation in the field of tummy tuck surgery. However, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends that patients should choose the most appropriate surgeon for their needs, and factors such as the surgeon’s fee should only be a secondary consideration to such a decision.
Anesthesia and Operating Room Dollar Figures
A full tummy tuck procedure may be performed under general anesthesia, which will involve the fee of the anesthesiologist. This fee may vary according to the qualifications and experience of the anesthesiologist. If the procedure is performed at a state of the art surgical facility with personalized care and services, the cost may be slightly higher as compared to an average operating room.
Average Dollar Amount for a Tummy Tuck
The length and complexity of the procedure may vary between two patients, which can have an impact on the overall price tag. Some patients may need only removal of excess skin and some amount of fat, while others may need substantial removal of skin and fat in the lower as well as upper abdominal areas, and additionally require tightening of underlying muscles.
A few patients may only require partial abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck. The cost of treatment will vary in all such cases. According to the data released by the ASPS for 2013, the average cost of tummy tuck surgery in the US was $5,217. However, this cost does not include the costs of general anesthesia, surgical facility, and additional expenses.
Insurance and Financing
As an elective surgery, the cost of tummy tuck may not be covered by health insurance. Most patients will have an opportunity to seek financing through various sources. The surgeon’s office may be able to offer guidance and assistance with regard to insurance and financing.