One of the most popular procedures performed by board certified plastic surgeons is the tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty. This is a procedure performed by 93% of plastic surgeons, and there are nearly 200,000 such surgeries performed every year in the U.S.
The reason for its popularity is twofold. First, it is immensely powerful at transforming a person’s body if they’ve been through an extreme weight loss. These individuals usually have a lot of excess skin they’d like to get rid of, and the tummy tuck is the go-to procedure for this issue.
Second, the tummy tuck can erase years off a person’s appearance — even when they haven’t gone through a period of significant weight loss. Moms especially love this surgery because it can slim and tighten their tummies after pregnancy. But tummy tucks can also help with sagging skin due to aging.
Most people are excellent candidates for tummy tuck surgery — but not everyone.
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So, with a surgery so perfect for so many people, why don’t more people get it?
What it often comes down to is the cost of a tummy tuck.
As with most any type of plastic surgery, the cost of tummy tuck surgery can be prohibitive. Below, we’ll take a look at a tummy tuck cost breakdown and help you understand what you can expect price-wise if you plan on pursuing this procedure for yourself.
Before we do that, however, let’s explain what a tummy tuck entails.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a procedure that addresses the abdomen and mid-section. It simultaneously addresses skin, fat, and muscles in one operation. The result is a firmer, flatter, and smoother abdomen, Specifically, a tummy tuck includes:
- Removal of excess abdominal skin
- Tightening of lax or stretched abdominal muscles
- Removal of excess fat with liposuction
- Rejuvenation of the belly button
What Is the Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Most people will look up the cost of tummy tuck surgery and see that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists the average price as $6154. This may be the average price for tummy tuck surgery in some parts of the United States, but the cost of tummy tuck surgery in New York City is generally higher.
Ultimately, the cost of a tummy tuck really depends on a breakdown of various factors, which we will go over in the next section.
Tummy Tuck Price Breakdown
First, the actual location of your surgery matters. Getting surgery in higher cost-of-living areas like NYC tends to mean you’ll pay a higher price. Likewise, if your surgeon is more experienced, they’re simply going to charge more for their expertise and skill. These costs will be your “surgeon’s fees”, but you will also have “anesthesiologist’s fees”. If you require medical tests before surgery, these will also factor into the overall cost.
The surgical facility will charge fees for the use of their building, services, staff, and equipment too. Other expenses like the cost of prescriptions and postoperative garments will also factor in.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of a Tummy Tuck?
Another question we often get regarding tummy tuck surgery cost is whether or not health insurance companies cover this procedure. Typically, they do not.
Most insurance companies see tummy tucks as elective surgeries. While we understand that tummy tucks can be a life-changing procedure that can certainly improve the quality of your day-to-day experiences and is definitely worth the investment, because they are considered elective in the eyes of insurance companies, health plans will not likely cover them.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Because a tummy tuck addresses many aspects of the abdomen and mid-section, it is an operation appropriate for a variety of people. If you have skin that has been stretched out from weight fluctuations, aging, or pregnancy, a tummy tuck may be right for you.
If you have a lot of stretch marks on your abdominal skin, a tummy tuck will help. If pregnancy has left you with separation in your abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis) a tummy tuck will tighten those muscles with the use of carefully placed internal sutures.
Because of the wide variety of things that this operation addresses, it can be appropriate for both women and men, young and old. There are also variations of the traditional tummy tuck, such as the mini tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck is more appropriate for individuals who simply want to tighten their abdomen and do some slight slimming. It only addresses loose, excess skin below the belly button. The cost of a mini tummy tuck may be less than the price of a traditional tummy tuck.
If any of the following applies to you, you may want to consider exploring a tummy tuck:
- Your abdomen sticks out despite diet and exercise
- Your belly has the appearance of you being pregnant
- There is loose, hanging skin on your belly
- Your skin has significant stretch marks
If you would like to learn more about slimming your abdomen with a tummy tuck, liposuction, or a combination of the two, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Schulman, can help. During your consultation, you can find out the cost of tummy tuck surgery and whether this procedure would be right for you. Contact our office today to learn more.