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Stubborn abdominal fat can be challenging to get rid of, is dangerous for your health, and can be detrimental to your self-esteem. This is why tummy tuck surgery ranked in the top five plastic surgery procedures in the United States in 2017. The tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and sagging skin from the abdominal area to create a firmer, more defined midsection.
Many men and women would love to reap the benefits offered with tummy tuck surgery; however, before most can commit to the procedure, they need to know more about it. One of the most common and pressing questions is, “How much does tummy tuck surgery cost?”
Unfortunately, this is not a simple answer, as the figure varies significantly depending on your surgical needs and your starting place.
What Can Influence My Tummy Tuck Cost?
On average, a tummy tuck procedure can cost between $5,500 and $7,500. Where your surgery cost lands in that range depends on a variety of factors.
Type of Tummy Tuck Procedure
There are different levels of tummy tuck surgery that address different stages of abdominal laxity. The main types of tummy tuck procedures include:
- Mini tummy tuck
- Traditional tummy tuck
- Extended tummy tuck
The mini tummy tuck is often the cheapest, as it requires the least amount of work. The extended tummy tuck is often the most costly as it usually involves fat or skin removal from the hips, thighs, and back.
Surgeons choose their pricing structure depending on their experience, accreditations, and reputation. As this is your body, you never want to initially go with the cheapest surgeon on the market, as this option often represents less skill and experience than their counterparts. Tummy tuck surgery is an investment in yourself. Find a surgeon who charges a fair price for the level of experience they have.
A tummy tuck will require a certified anesthesiologist to administer anesthesia and monitor you throughout the surgery. You can ask your plastic surgeon how much they estimate this will cost.
Another factor in the cost of your procedure will be the aftercare. For most patients, a tummy tuck doesn’t require an overnight stay, and patients go home that same day. If your surgeon recommends you spend the night for observation (or if you are traveling to Birmingham from out of town or out of state), your fees will be higher.
Some patients choose to have additional procedures performed at the same time to enhance results further. A popular combination is liposuction of other areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, buttocks, or arms, to match the toned results of the stomach.
With each added procedure, you can expect higher costs.
Interested in Learning the Exact Cost of Your Tummy Tuck?
When it comes to finding out the exact amount of your tummy tuck, you will need to meet with Dr. Oliver or Dr. Jack for a consultation. At the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham, Alabama, we are proud to offer you a free, comprehensive consultation to answer all of your questions. Schedule today by calling 205-298-8660 or by filling out our online form.