Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty surgery is a popular, 2-4 hour procedure in which loose and sagging skin tissue is removed and repositioned to help create a firmer, tighter appearance in the patient's mid section. Tummy tucks are particularly effective for recent mothers or people who experienced a recent, major weight loss.
Several factors affect the price of tummy tuck surgery: the surgeon, the location, and the extent of the procedure itself all contribute to the cost. Naturally, it is important for you to go over these factors to guarantee the treatment you want at a reasonable price. In 2009, the national average cost of tummy tuck surgery was $5,381, although this cost doesn't include other related fees. The anesthesiology fee for tummy tuck surgery may be anywhere from $500 to $700, and the facility fee can range from $700 to $1,000.
*Average surgeon/physician fees taken from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's annual statistics
Extensive skin and fat removal requires a longer duration of surgery for the surgeon and ultimately, a bigger bill. The tummy tuck process takes several hours and is more expensive if the patient stays in the hospital facility overnight.
Choosing a Tummy Tuck Surgeon:
Above all, itï¿½s important to choose a plastic surgeon approved from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Ideally, your doctor should be board-certified with extensive, specific abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) experience, as well as expertise in all areas of abdominal plastic surgery. Having a board certification requires more education and training, and usually means more money. Likewise, a surgeon with a great reputation may raise the price of their services. However these same surgeons are more likely to guarantee you optimal treatment, while utilizing all the best techniques to minimize any risk of complications as well as maximize the success of your procedure.
Do not be fooled by unreasonably low prices. A particular practice or location may offer a low cost and lace the paperwork with hidden fees. Be sure to consider all your options and inquire for detailed price quotes.
Where you are living can also affect the cost of any medical procedure. To help you get a better idea of how everything will add up, compare costs in several locations. Consider various options, rural locations might cost less, whereas urban locations might cost more.
Tummy Tuck Financing:
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is considered a cosmetic procedure and not typically covered by insurance. If you are considering surgery on account of a hernia, an insurance reimbursement may be obtained to cover the any costs that are not cosmetic. For fine details, you may want to discuss your insurance eligibility with your surgeon prior to surgery. As with most cosmetic surgery, many plastic surgeons provide installment plans. Provided the cost of the procedure to too big, you can inquire about the possibility of a financing plan.