Breaking Down the Cost of a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck Cost – Newport Beach | Orange County

tummy tuck costNewport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a premier practice equipped to provide safe, effective and proven treatments in plastic surgery. Led by Dr. Hisham Seify, a board certified plastic surgeon, the practice provides a wide a range of procedures, including breast augmentation, tummy tuck and mommy makeover. Patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and nearby communities have an opportunity to receive treatment from Dr. Seify and his experienced team.

Costs of a Procedure

Each cosmetic surgery procedure requires a separate set of skills, efforts, technology and resources. Therefore, the cost of each procedure usually differs from other procedures. For instance, the cost of breast implants treatment will differ from the cost of a mommy makeover, because a mommy makeover is usually more elaborate and may combine several procedures together. Even within the same procedure, sometimes the costs may differ on the basis of the approach adopted to perform the procedure.

A mini abdominoplasty will cost lesser than a fully tummy tuck surgery. Similarly, a brow lift or an eyelid lift surgery will cost less than a complete facelift surgery. The cost of the procedure will also depend on the extent of surgery performed. When liposuction is performed in several areas of the body, it will cost differently from a limited liposuction surgery performed in a single targeted area of the body. Dr. Seify will discuss the estimated costs of a full or partial tummy tuck plastic surgery at the time of initial consultation so that the patient can make an informed decision about undergoing the procedure.

Average Cost of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The cost of tummy tuck surgery will vary from one practice to another due to several factors that may influence the overall cost. Geographical location makes a difference to the general cost of professional services because of the cost of living index, which varies from one place to another. Cost of tummy tuck in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and nearby locations may be different from the cost of the same procedure in another state. Similarly, the cost will differ from one practice to another even within the same city because of the varying surgical facilities, cosmetic surgeon’s expertise and experience and other factors at a particular practice.

A new patient can be confused about how to compare the costs of tummy tuck in a particular area. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) compiles the national cost data every year about various plastic surgery procedures. It releases the average figures each year so that new patients may have a fair idea about the prevailing costs of a surgical procedure in the country. According to the 2012 statistics released by the ASPS, the average cost of a tummy tuck surgery was $5,241. This is a national average figure, but individual figures would vary at each practice.

The ASPS made it clear that the costs of tummy tuck procedure can vary widely. The indicated average cost does not cover the costs of anesthesia, the costs of surgical facility and other related costs. The costs of prescription medications, post-surgical garments and accessories, and costs of medical tests are also not included in the average figures. The patient should make an estimate of all possible costs so that appropriate financing arrangements for the full costs of cosmetic surgery can be made well in advance.

Health Insurance and Financing

Tummy tuck surgery is an elective procedure that is primarily performed for cosmetic enhancement purposes. Such elective procedures are typically not covered under health insurance. However, the patient should review the health insurance policy closely to understand the related clauses and coverage benefits, if any. Most of the procedures performed by a plastic surgeon will usually require an upfront payment prior to the surgery. Therefore, in the absence of insurance coverage, it can be difficult for many patients to pay the entire amount all at once from their own pocket.

A number of professional medical care credit companies are available that specialize in financing facilities for medical procedures of all kinds. These financing companies will assess the credit history and credit score of the applicant, and grant a loan amount depending on the patient’s needs for financing. The patient can pay back the loan in small, affordable installments later on.

The patient should discuss the financing requirements with the cosmetic surgeon’s office to explore the possibility of getting assistance through them. Many practices accept payments by credit card, which can also serve as a form of financing for some patients. Alternatively, the practice may have a tie-up with a medical care financing company that will make the process of arranging finance simpler and smoother for the patients.

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