How much does a Tummy Tuck cost?
This question is always foremost in the minds of those considering whether or not to have a tummy tuck. 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?”
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 a tummy tuck surgery, or any other plastic surgery, the breakdown of the costs are as follows:
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 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 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.
The Facility Fee:
This is the cost associated to the hospital or doctor’s office where the tummy tuck 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 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 level such as a pain pump or certain types of injections that will numb the surgical site for extended lengths of time. 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.
The Insurance Considerations:
Often, a procedure that is covered by insurance can be coupled with a 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 your non-insurance covered tummy tuck.
Given the above fees, how does that affect the cost of a Tummy Tuck?
In 2018, the average cost was $6,253. 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. For the rest of the costs associated with the procedure, this is something that should be explained up front and you should have complete understanding of what you are paying.
A Tummy Tuck can be a life changing event – many patients report that they undertake a new look on life afterwards, watching their weight and exercising more. So before you place too much emphasis on the cost of a tummy tuck, you might want to think in terms of it’s 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 my insurance pay for a Tummy Tuck?
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.
Geographic locations…where you are located…will have an impact on the cost of your tummy tuck or any other of the cosmetic procedures. A tummy tuck in New York will most likely cost more than a tummy tuck 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, of course. A 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 are another benefit many patients look for and one that can, and should be discussed with the surgeon to see if stretch mark removal is considered an extra cost or not.