How much does a tummy tuck cost?
This question is always foremost in the minds of those considering whether or not to have tummy tuck surgery. For those that are good candidates and have done their research and have arrived at the conclusion that they do, indeed, want a tummy tuck, the next question that naturally follows is: “What is the cost of a tummy tuck ?”
For a quick answer to that, the 2020 averages are (per Institute of Aesthetic Surgery):
- Traditional tummy tuck surgery: $8,000 – $10,000
- Mini tummy tuck: $4,000 – $5000
- Extended tummy tuck: Up to $20,000
The below video is a couple of years old, so the prices are a bit outdated, but it does a great job of breaking down the overall cost you can expect to pay:
For an average, or “traditional” tummy tuck surgery, the costs have risen over the past few years but then dropped in 2019. No official average numbers are on file past 2019. This information is pulled from the annual reports published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
We have outlined the various costs on other pages of this site but will repeat the basic cost breakdown here so you don’t have to jump around. When considering abdominoplasty, or any other plastic surgery, the breakdown of the costs follows.
Total cost of tummy tuck surgery
The Surgeon Fee:
This is what you pay for the board-certified plastic surgeon’s time, skill, experience, etc. The more experienced, highly trained, and “famous” the surgeon is, the higher this fee will be. Surgeons command high fees because they are so specialized and to gain their expertise takes many years of schooling as well as many years of experience. The Surgeon Fee is a cost you should consider “money well spent” as the more you pay (typically) the better surgeon you’ll be working with and therefore the more likely you’ll get the tummy tuck results you are seeking. And given the situation, don’t you want to have the absolute best surgeon doing this work?
The Anesthesia Fee:
This is the cost of having an anesthesiologist manage you while you “go under”. As with the Surgeon Fee discussed above, the amount you pay for an anesthesiologist is money well spent. Patients coming out of and going into sedation are considered high risk and you want the very best person managing this aspect of your surgery. What you want to understand is that many different people can perform general anesthesia ranging from a non-certified nurse to a board-certified MD Anesthesiologist. Obviously, which one you have will affect your cost but again, this is not an area to tread lightly on. It’s also an area you may not have much say in – many surgeons work with specific anesthesiologists regularly and have built up a good amount of trust.
The Facility Fee:
This is the cost associated with the hospital or doctor’s office where the tummy tuck procedure will be taking place. A surgeon who does their procedures in their own office and lab will probably charge less for this portion of your overall tummy tuck surgery fee than a hospital would.
There are several items for which you may be charged that fall into the category of “nice to have” but not absolutely necessary. Many of these items are there to improve your comfort levels such as a pain pump or certain types of injections that will numb the surgical site for extended lengths of time. This can also include a compression garment or other post-surgery accessories to improve your tummy tuck recovery process. These will be discussed before the surgery and you should be comfortable with them and understand their costs as well as their benefits.
The Revision Surgery:
Additional surgeries are not uncommon and many patients will return to their surgeon to either “touch up” their tummy tuck or to have a completely different procedure performed. As long as you had a good experience the first time around, there is no reason to not go back to the same surgeon for revision or follow up surgeries. Many surgeons will provide a discount to encourage you to return.
The Add-on Surgery:
A Tummy Tuck is a standalone procedure but can be done at the same time as other procedures. A common example is to combine a Tummy Tuck with a Breast Augmentation or Breast Reduction. This lessens the overall cost as many of the above fees will be charged only once and it also lessens the overall recovery time as the patient now recovers for both surgeries at the same time.
Given the above fees, how does that affect the cost of a Tummy Tuck surgery?
According to the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery, in 2020, the range for the cost of a traditional tummy tuck is between $8,000 and $10,000. A mini tummy tuck runs between $4,000-$5,000 while the “extended” tummy tuck surgery cost can reach up to $20,000 or more. As you can see, abdominal contour is a hot topic and can be expensive. The results can be amazing.
In 2018, the average cost was $6,253 for traditional tummy tuck patients.
By comparison, in 2014, the average cost of a Tummy Tuck was $5,493 ( American Society of Plastic Surgeons ) – so as expected the prices are rising.
You can use our Cost Estimator to get a more localized estimation as well.
Remember, a significant part of this cost will be the Surgeon Fee so make sure you take the time to research your surgeon to fully understand the credentials, history, certifications, etc. In the end, the board-certified plastic surgeon fee will reflect the cost as determined by one person – the surgeon.
This will take into account schooling (extensive and expensive), experience (hopefully extensive), and the efforts put into becoming the very best surgeon possible.
It’s not a light undertaking and the fees charged are well worth it given they are making an incision into your abdomen, removing excess fat via liposuction, removing sagging skin, ensuring your belly button remains perfect, and finishing by piecing together your abdominal skin with the least noticeable tummy tuck scar possible. It’s an amazing amount of work dependent on an amazing amount of skill.
You don’t want to have this done by the lowest bidder. You want the best board-certified plastic surgeon you can find doing this.
For the rest of the costs associated with the plastic surgery procedure, this is something that should be explained up front and you should have a complete understanding of what you are paying.
An abdominoplasty can be a life-changing event – many patients report that they undertake a new look on life afterward, watching their weight and exercising more. So before you place too much emphasis on the cost of a tummy tuck surgical procedure, you might want to think in terms of its Return on Investment – how much will you get out of it? The cost is significant…yes, there’s no way around that…but with the right mindset and direction, it can positively impact your standard of living for the rest of your life.
Will insurance cover my tummy tuck surgery costs?
Probably not, but it never hurts to ask. Most insurance coverage is for types of non-elective procedures but there can be times when tummy tucks can fall into this category. If insurance won’t pay, there are always financing options to take into consideration as most realize that the cost of plastic surgery is not normally one can just pluck out of a wallet or a pocketbook.
Often, a procedure that is covered by insurance can be coupled with plastic surgery thereby lessening or eliminating altogether some of the fees discussed above. For example, a hernia repair that is covered by insurance can cover the facility fees, anesthesia fees, and other fees associated with having a tummy tuck at the same time, thereby enabling your insurance to pay for a part of the non-insurance covered tummy tuck cost.
Geographic locations…where you are located…will have an impact on the cost of your tummy tuck or any other cosmetic surgery procedure.
A tummy tuck or mommy makeover in New York will most likely cost more than a tummy tuck or mommy makeover in Portland, Oregon for example.
The extent of work to be done, also, can affect the price. You’ll see references to a mini tummy tuck or perhaps a full tummy tuck – each will be priced differently.
An abdominoplasty procedure that removes excess skin and fat deposits, perhaps after massive weight loss, as well as repairs to the abdominal wall and abdominal muscles, will add to the cost.
Correcting or preventing stretch marks is another benefit many patients look for and one that can, and should be discussed with the plastic surgeon to see if stretch mark removal is considered an extra cost or not.