Tummy tuck cost can be a confusing topic for many patients. Certain websites may throw out estimated amounts, but these are often misleading. Frequently, they either don’t include major elements of the overall price or they fail to consider variances based on who your surgeon is or where you undergo surgery.
Ultimately, the best way to know the cost of a tummy tuck surgery is to meet one-on-one for an in-person appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon. For the time being, however, we can provide a list of influencing cost factors that you should consider as you approach surgery.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck procedure ultimately rests on a variety of factors. Patients often feel they need to know the estimated cost before they attend a consultation appointment. However, this is putting the cart before the horse.
In the end, providing a cost estimate that is actually accurate for all potential patients is impossible. The following factors will all contribute to your estimated cost, and attending a consultation appointment — even if just to gather information — is critical to narrowing down these considerations.
Factors That Will Influence of the Cost of Your Tummy Tuck
Who Your Surgeon Is
Every plastic surgeon charges a different amount for his or her care and the use of their facilities, technologies, equipment, supplies, staff, and more. It is ultimately up to the surgeon how much they charge. Their education and training, number of years of experience, and schedule may influence costs too.
What Type of Tummy Tuck You Get
There are different types of tummy tucks — for example: full tummy tucks, which require lower abdomen and belly button incisions, and mini tummy tucks, which require only a lower abdomen incision. A mini tummy tuck cost may be lower than the cost of a full tummy tuck because it is a less invasive surgery.
There are also fleur-de-lis tummy tucks and extended tummy tucks. Of course, the cost of each of these can change with every patient. Every surgery is unique.
Whether You Have Additional Surgeries
Certain patients may decide to add additional surgeries to their tummy tuck procedure. Other body contouring procedures (thigh lift, arm lift, etc.) are common additions. Of course, you can also opt for a breast augmentation, breast lift, or any other compatible procedure if it helps you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Where You Undergo Surgery
This means both where, geographically, you get surgery and at what surgical facility or hospital. Geographically, tummy tuck costs may be higher in urban centers simply because the cost of living is higher.
Likewise, different surgical facilities and hospitals charge different fees. One facility may have better technologies, more staff, or a better reputation and may thus charge more. Similarly, various anesthesiologists charge different amounts, and the type of anesthesia you need will affect the cost too.
Extra Costs During Recovery
Finally, there are some additional recovery expenses that many patients may forget to consider after surgery. For example, you may be required to purchase your own compression garment (some surgeons include this in their surgeon fees).
There is also the cost of prescription medications, in-home care, childcare, pet care, and food delivery services to consider if you require these things. Finally, you may be encouraged to purchase special comfort pillows, a recovery chair, or other supplies to aid in the healing process.
FAQ: Tummy Tuck Surgery
Are tummy tucks worth the money?
Not everyone is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery. But if you have excess skin on your stomach that is causing you embarrassment, discomfort, or pain, a tummy tuck may be the only viable solution.
No other diet, exercise, or noninvasive treatment can get rid of loose abdominal skin and the accompanying wrinkles and stretch marks. A Tummy tuck will even tighten the abdominal muscles for a smoother, flatter abdominal wall.
If you have been through multiple pregnancies, lost a significant amount of weight, or struggled with excess skin on your abdomen for other reasons, you will likely find tummy tuck surgery to be a worthwhile investment.
Does a tummy tuck come with a mommy makeover?
Most mommy makeovers include tummy tucks, but they don’t have to. Mommy makeover procedures are largely up to the patient. Your surgeon will talk to you about your desired goals, budget, and anatomy and help you come up with a set of procedures that will best meet your needs.
How much weight should I lose for a tummy tuck?
Sometimes, before tummy tuck surgery, a plastic surgeon may recommend that a potential candidate lose excess body fat. This is because tummy tuck surgery primarily gets rid of loose skin, not excess fat. Some fat can be removed via simultaneous liposuction, but this is not the primary goal of a tummy tuck.
After tummy tuck surgery, patients may drop a few pounds on the scale because of the skin, tissue, and fat that was removed. However, remember that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure.
How much does a tummy tuck cost near me?
To find the average cost of tummy tuck surgery in your geographic location, look up local board certified plastic surgeons and schedule one or more consultation appointments to discuss your goals and needs.
Dr. David Sieber is a highly sought-after double board certified plastic surgeon who performs tummy tuck surgeries in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Sieber treats local patients from the Bay Area but also has patients from other parts of the nation and around the world.
Schedule Your Personal Consultation Appointment
Interested in tummy tuck surgery? Call today to schedule a consultation appointment with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.
Consultation appointments are compulsory before undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery. They are also extremely helpful for patients — whether you are brand-new to plastic surgery or have undergone cosmetic procedures be. fore.
At your appointment, Dr. Sieber will go over your candidacy for tummy tuck surgery, the ideal tummy tuck incision for you, tummy tuck recovery time, and more. You will also get a chance to examine tummy tuck before and after photos from Dr. Sieber’s previous patients so that you have a strong understanding of the potential results that lie ahead.
Please connect with us today to schedule your appointment.