Tummy Tuck procedures are one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries in the United States. Despite this, many potential patients have concerns over being able to finance the procedure due to the fact it is rarely covered by their insurance. The average cost of a tummy tuck procedure is therefore one of the most common questions among patients interested in the procedure. This blog addresses some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the price of various tummy tuck procedures as well as insurance and financing information.
- What is a Tummy Tuck?
- Tummy Tuck Cost
- Mini Tummy Tuck Cost
- Full Tummy Tuck Cost
- What Is Typically Included in the Cost?
- Why Do Prices Vary?
- Does Insurance Cover Tummy Tuck Procedures?
- Financing the Procedure
- Tummy Tuck and Other Procedures
- Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck Cost
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is performed to remove excess skin from either the whole abdomen or the lower section of the abdomen as well as tighten the abdominal muscles. An incision is made, the excess skin is removed and the incision is stitched back together. Tummy tuck procedures have a 96% worth it rating on RealSelf and are one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures for women in the USA.
Tummy Tuck Cost
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, tummy tuck procedures are the second most expensive surgical procedure in the United States. They state the average cost of a tummy tuck as being $6,253, but they explain that most surgeries do not tend to include additional costs such as anesthetic fees. RealSelf instead explain that the average cost for a tummy tuck is $8,275 and the average range is between $3,175 and $13,250.
The average cost of a tummy tuck in Dallas tends to be at the higher end of this range and some tummy tuck procedures can cost up to $17,500 or more depending on the type performed.
Mini Tummy Tuck Cost
A mini tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles below the belly button rather than across the entire abdomen. This means the surgery is less extensive and so will cost less than a full tummy tuck. According to Healthline the average cost of a mini tummy tuck in the USA varies from $3,500- $8,000.
Full Tummy Tuck Cost
A full tummy tuck removes the excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles across the whole of the abdomen. Therefore, both above and below the belly button are treated, and in many cases, an incision to reposition the belly button is required. Due to this the price of a full tummy tuck will be significantly more than the cost of a mini tummy tuck.
Since the average cost of a mini tummy tuck can go up to $8,000 the cost of a full tummy tuck is going to start at the higher range of the mini tummy tuck average cost. A full tummy tuck is therefore likely to cost around $8,000 and could be as much as $18,000.
What Is Typically Included in the Cost?
The exact aspects included in the price will depend on the clinic or surgeon, so you should speak to your surgeon about what aspects are included. Typically these factors tend to be included in the cost:
- Medical tests
- Post-surgery garments
- Anesthesia fee
- Facility fees
- Follow up visit(s)
Additional costs could include prescription medications after the surgery and in some cases you could be required to pay for post-surgery garments. If complications occur from the procedure these are unlikely to be covered in the initial cost of the procedure.
Why do Tummy Tuck Prices Vary?
There are many reasons why the price of a tummy tuck procedure will vary. These include:
- Type of tummy tuck
- Surgeon’s expertise
- Time the surgery takes to perform
- Surgery setting (eg in hospital)
- The training and background of the medical staff
Does Insurance Cover Tummy Tuck Procedures?
A tummy tuck is classified as a cosmetic procedure as patients tend to undergo the surgery for aesthetic reasons. Health insurance covers the cost of surgeries that are needed for medical reasons and so they would be extremely unlikely to cover the costs of a tummy tuck. However, there are some similar procedures to a tummy tuck that might be covered by your health insurance since they tend to be performed for medical reasons:
This is a procedure that, like a mini tummy tuck, removes excess skin from the lower section of the abdomen. The main difference between the two procedures is that a panniculectomy does not tighten the abdominal muscles. Healthline state that the average cost for a panniculectomy range from $8,000 to $15,000. This procedure is not classified as a cosmetic surgery and tends to be performed on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and so have a large amount of excess skin and loose tissue. Often these patients can suffer from various medical issues such as skin rashes, back pain, ulcers, skin irritation, and excess moisture. This is why some health insurance providers will cover this surgical procedure or help you pay for it. However, each health care provider will vary and so you should ask whether your insurance will cover this procedure before getting any surgery.
Additionally, if you need to undergo surgery to repair your abdomen after a hernia then this is likely to be covered by your health insurance. A tummy tuck can be performed alongside this procedure. However, the tummy tuck is still considered a cosmetic procedure so even if your insurance will cover the hernia repair costs you will most likely have to pay the additional cost for the tummy tuck.
There are other financial options available to you or the potential to get a loan for the surgery. Some health insurance providers will pay for medications such as painkillers and antibiotics that could be prescribed after the surgery. You would need to discuss this with your healthcare provider.
Financing the Procedure
You should check with your specific insurance provider to see whether you are able to receive any coverage for your surgery. However, nearly all patients pay for their procedure themselves and there are multiple options for financing your procedure.
Some patients pay for their procedure using a credit card, but there are specific healthcare credit cards such as CareCredit that exist to cover medical bills. Using CareCredit allows you to pay back the costs in monthly payments for the next six months to two years.
Additionally, different surgeons will offer different payment plans which may allow you to pay for the procedure in installments or you could take out a personal loan to cover the costs.
Tummy Tuck and Other Procedures
A tummy tuck procedure is frequently combined with other cosmetic procedures either on the abdomen so it is performed alongside a tummy tuck, or of another area of concern to the patient. The main procedures to be combined with a tummy tuck are abdominal liposuction, breast surgery, and liposuction of other areas of the body.
Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Cost
It is generally true that liposuction is a cheaper cosmetic procedure than a tummy tuck. According to Liposuction.com the average cost for liposuction of both the upper and lower abdomen is $3,800- $8,000. This can be compared to a full tummy tuck which ranges from $3,175- $13,250 according to RealSelf.
However, the two procedures achieve different goals for the abdomen. A tummy tuck aims to remove excess skin and tighten weakened abdominal muscles while abdominal liposuction only removes excess fat deposits. Therefore, the most suitable procedure for you will depend on what your specific concerns are.
Abdominal liposuction can be performed alongside a tummy tuck procedure so that both excess skin and fat are removed. For many patients combining the two procedures is the best way to achieve their ideal results as they have concerns over both excess skin and fat. You should discuss combining these two procedures with your surgeon in your consultation to see whether this is a suitable option for you.
Mommy Makeover Cost
A mommy makeover is a package that involves multiple cosmetic procedures including a tummy tuck and other procedures such as breast surgery and often liposuction. Due to the fact, this procedure includes additional surgeries alongside a tummy tuck, it will be more expensive than a tummy tuck.
According to RealSelf the average cost for a mommy makeover ranges from $5,050- $20,000. The average price is so varied due to the fact the specific procedures and the number of procedures will vary greatly and this determines the cost of the procedure.
Visit our Mommy Makeover page for more information on what can be included in a mommy makeover.
Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck Cost
Non-surgical skin tightening treatments do exist and vary from procedures such as radiofrequency treatments eg Thermalift, to using at-home devices.
Non-surgical procedures are a much cheaper option, but multiple sessions are needed to achieve results so the cost can also amount to thousands. According to Healthline radiofrequency treatments tend to cost $200 or more per session and your cost could amount to $2,000.
Researching the various tummy tuck procedures and the information regarding tummy tuck costs is an important part of preparing for your procedure. If you wish to know more about the recovery and aftercare process from a tummy tuck procedure you can view our recovery blog.
If you are considering undergoing any tummy tuck procedure you should meet with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, who has significant expertise in performing tummy tucks, so that you can learn more about the procedure, the risks, and recovery.
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