What is the Average Cost of a Tummy Tuck?
The idea of a tummy tuck could be appealing to you – especially if your abdomen has excess skin, fat, and tissue, or a bulge that just won’t go away. The bottom line is – how much will it cost?
Know your surgeon – it matters!
First, you will need to make sure you put your trust in the hands of a highly trained surgeon. Dr. Garrett A. Wirth is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. With more than 20,000 procedures performed to date, your surgery will be in the hands of a top professional.
Will insurance cover me?
A tummy tuck flattens and firms the abdomen, removes excess skin and fat, and corrects lax underlying muscles. Many men and women elect to have a tummy tuck after pregnancy or extreme fluctuations in weight. In most cases, insurance is out of the question, as this procedure is considered cosmetic, rather than medically necessary.
However, not all tummy tucks are considered equal. Some rare patients may have a physical condition that is covered by insurance, most often the removal of an apron of skin and fat in a procedure called a panniculectomy – a tummy tuck does far more, not to mention a significant side effect – an incredible boost in self-confidence!
Paying for a tummy tuck
For the majority of tummy tucks, you will need to pay for your procedure, but financing the surgery makes the surgery accessible. Let’s make sure you have an idea of what to expect. Ask questions. You should be provided with written details of all costs. Make sure your final number includes the cost of anesthesia and follow-up care.
A good surgeon will take the time to walk you through the entire process, so you feel comfortable with the surgery itself, the recovery, and the cost. At Wirth Plastic Surgery, Dr. Wirth will customize a surgical plan just for you. You will know what costs to expect before, during, and after your tummy tuck. Typically, you can expect to budget anywhere from $13,000 to $15,000 for the entire procedure.
What does the cost include?
When a tummy tuck is offered for a low rate, consider it a red flag. When your abdomen is being repaired, you want the work to be done by a top professional in the field of plastic surgery – not the new kid on the block! The cost of a tummy tuck will reflect:
- Experience of your surgeon
- Your unique body structure
- Anesthesia costs
- Surgery center charges
When considering a tummy tuck, be sure you fully understand the risks and benefits and get all of your questions and concerns answered. Our patients who have had this surgery are absolutely thrilled with the results of this custom surgery – imagine having a firm, fit, taut tummy zone – it’s a beautiful thing!