Health and Life
Cost of a tummy tuck
The aim of a “tummy tuck” or “turkey tuck” surgery is to remove excess fat and skin and even restore separated or weakened muscles to create a firmer and smoother abdominal profile.
- According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of abdominoplasty as tummy tuck is also known was $5,217 in 2013.
- The total cost of abdominoplasty will range from $4000 to $15000
- Other costs to factor include the cost of anesthesia, pre-op testing, pre-operation testing, physician’s fee, surgical garments to wear after surgery and facility costs.
- The surgeon’s fee will depend on his level of experience, type of procedure to be used and even the geographical location of the office
What should be included?
- The national average cost of anesthesia in the US is between $435 and $ 1,800
- The cost of facility will range between $1,200 and $10,000 depending on location
- Pre-operation cost will start from $500 going up.
- Post-operation cost. Some surgeons charge additional fee for devices to control pain, body garment and even observation after surgery.
- No surgery guarantees a 100% guarantee and therefore, the cost of a second procedure should be factored in.
- Males pay less for a tummy tuck as compared to females because they do not require much to be done.
- If you would like to save on your tummy tuck cost, you can consider having the procedure done in a rural facility. The amount charged for a tummy tuck will include the rent payable for the facility like it is the case with other products and services.
- Find out if your clinic of choice offer any discounts. Some clinics will offer discounts of around 10%.
Choosing a surgeon
- Choose a surgeon based on work quality rather than the price. Cutting corners to cut cost may cause undesirable results or serious complications. Check the background of the surgeon, training and experience.
- Check the before and after photos. Ensure that there are no visible scars around the belly button
- Ensure that the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Find out if the surgeon has privileges to carry out tummy tucks in accredited hospitals. Though the procedure is not performed in hospitals, a doctor with privileges is an indication that he is qualified.
- Find out the number of tummy tucks that the surgeon performs annually.
- Consider the states in which the surgeon is licensed to practice.
- Ask the surgeon what is the most common complication that he or she encounters and how he or she deals with it.
- Find out how often the surgeon needs to re-operate after undertaking tummy tuck and what is the most common type of reoperation done.
- Is a tummy tuck part of the doctor’s major practice?
- Does the doctor have any special training in tummy tuck?
- How long has the surgeon been practicing tummy tuck?