Abdominoplasty, popularly known as tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to achieve a flatter and firmer abdomen. The procedure may be performed as a full or partial tummy tuck, depending on the patient’s needs. See Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos. During the initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will discuss various aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs. Patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas may visit the office of Dr. Hisham Seify for a tummy tuck consultation.
The cost of abdominoplasty may differ from one plastic surgery practice to another, and in some cases, even from one patient to another at the same practice. Several factors may go into determining the overall cost of the tummy tuck.
Where the practice is located can make a difference to the cost of a procedure. The cost of living index varies between two regions, which can have an influence on the average costs of most products and services, including surgical services. For instance, the cost of a tummy tuck in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and surrounding areas may not be the same as the cost in Austin, TX.
Fee of the Surgeon
The fee charged by a cosmetic surgeon for tummy tuck can vary depending on the qualifications, experience and recognition of the surgeon in the field of tummy tuck surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), patients should choose the right surgeon for their needs, and surgeon’s fee should only be viewed as a secondary consideration while making such choices.
Surgical Facility and Anesthesia Costs
Tummy tuck plastic surgery is usually performed using general anesthesia. The fee charged by the anesthesiologist may vary according to their skills and experience. If the procedure is performed at a state of the art surgical facility with experienced staff and personalized services, its charges may vary slightly in comparison to an average operating room.
Extent of Surgery
The cost of tummy tuck may also vary depending on the nature and complexity of the procedure to be performed by the plastic surgeon. If the patient only requires a minor improvement, the surgeon may recommend a mini abdominoplasty or partial tummy tuck.
This will cost significantly lesser in comparison to a full abdominoplasty. Sometimes the procedure may be performed as a part of a mommy makeover or other procedures. So the combined cost of cosmetic surgery may be a little lower compared to individual procedures.
According to the ASPS figures released for 2013, the average cost of tummy tuck surgery in the U.S. was $5,217. However, ASPS clarified that the cost does not include the costs of anesthesia, surgical facility or other related expenses. The cost can vary significantly from one practice to another due to various factors as discussed above.
Insurance and Financing
Tummy tuck is typically performed by a cosmetic surgeon as an elective surgery for aesthetic reasons. Therefore, the cost of procedure may not be covered under the patient’s health plan. However, most patients have the option to obtain financing through various channels, which allows them to make payments in convenient monthly installments.
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