Have you tried exercising and crazy diets but can’t seem to get rid of the little pouch under your navel? Or, maybe you are fighting off that stubborn baby weight and losing. Many women struggle with these and many other problems no matter how much they diet and work out.
Having a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can help you get rid of that unwanted, stubborn weight and have you looking like your old fabulous self in no time. However, the cost of a tummy tuck will differ for various reasons that we will discuss throughout this article.
Costs for Different Tummy Tuck Procedures
As everyone is unique and requires different needs, multiple factors can affect the cost of tummy tuck surgery.
There are three types of abdominoplasty:
- Full or traditional
The difference between these three options is the amount of fat removed and the extraction areas.
For example, a mini tummy tuck removes the sagging skin, excess skin, and fat on your lower abdomen. You can expect to pay between $3,500 – $8,000 for this procedure.
A full tummy tuck will set you back $8,000 – $12,000, and your most expensive option is extended surgery which ranges around $12,000 – $18000 in the us according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
When talking about costs with your plastic surgeon, ensure to inquire about your fees, as they might hit you for additional charges down the line.
|United States||mini||$3,500 – $8,000|
|traditional||$8,000 – $12,000|
|360||$12,000 – $18,000|
|United Kingdom||mini||£5000 – £6000|
|360||£9500 – £11,500|
|Turkey||mini||€2,500 – €3,500|
|traditional||€2,800 – €3,800|
|360||€4,000 – €5,000|
Generally, the price of the procedure should include:
- Cost for the facility where the procedure will be done
- Any tests that need to be performed
- Post-surgery garments
- Prescriptions for medication
Factors that Will Affect the Cost of a Tummy Tuck
- The extent of the surgery
Tummy tucks aren’t just about removing fat; they can sometimes include excess skin removal, skin tightening, lifting, reshaping the muscles, and repairing muscles. But, of course, the more options you choose, the more you will pay.
Another factor to take note of is the amount of fat being removed. If it’s just a tiny area, the cost should stay low, but removing a large volume of fat will require additional liposuction, which will cost you more.
- What anesthetic you get
Anesthetic is expensive, and if you require a larger dose, it will cost more. The reason you might need a larger dose will depend on your weight or the length of the procedure. If you are worried about cost, speak to your plastic surgeon about the type of anesthetic they use.
Local anesthetic is usually more cost-effective than general anesthetic, and you can be given a sedative to help you dose off during the procedure.
- If you have opted for liposuction
Some people feel that tightening and lifting their tummies is not enough and will want to have liposuction.
Liposuction is very effective at contouring your body by removing stubborn fat by sucking it away. This procedure is often demanded as it draws more fat than a tummy tuck.
If this is the only treatment you are having, it could cost as little as $3,500, but often if you combine it with a tummy tuck surgery, you can land up saving money on both. Prices change due to factors like how many areas are being worked on and your plastic surgeon’s technique.
Back in the day, liposuction was only used for more significant parts of your body like your belly, sides, behind, and chest, but thanks to modern technology, it can be used in most parts of your body like thighs, underarms, knees, chin, and neck.
- Medical Insurance
Many people assume their health insurance won’t cover their tummy tuck surgery as it’s seen as a cosmetic treatment. While this might be true, there are cases where the procedure is covered, so it’s always essential to check first.
There is a chance that your plan will pay for the entire thing, or you might only have to cover your co-pay and prescribed medication.
When will a Tummy Tuck be Seen as a Medical Procedure?
You will find that most insurers will not cover mini tummy tucks, and if you were to be reimbursed for a fat removal procedure, it would be a full tummy tuck.
Medical benefits that arise from this procedure are as follows:
- Assisted weight loss
- Helps with bladder control
- Treats ventral hernias
- Eases back pain
Assisted Weight Loss
Insurers might cover your procedure if you have gone through a weight-loss surgery like a gastric bypass that leaves you with excess skin that needs to be removed.
This skin could obstruct your movement, thus hindering you from exercising, can be painful, and in conclusion, can prevent you from losing weight.
Lots of time, money, and dedication goes into weight-loss surgeries, not to mention you will be a healthier person once the procedure is over, and insurance companies will want to keep you that way. This usually encourages them to cover the procedure.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (Bladder Control)
You will hear this term a lot around women that have given natural birth. SUI is a condition where your pelvic floor is weakened, and the urine often leaks out when pressure is put on your bladder. This can happen when you exercise, sneeze, cough, or laugh too hard.
During the abdominoplasty, your pelvic floor is strengthened to provide a better barrier for your bladder. It is a very effective surgery and is usually permanent. However, if you go through another natural childbirth or some trauma that affects your pelvic region, your muscles could tear.
Easing your Back Pain
If you suffer from back pain, it could be due to weakened muscles in your lower back which stems from poor posture or injuries.
Having a tummy tuck can improve your muscles’ strength by tightening them and getting rid of that excess weight your lower back muscles need to hold up.
Not only will this alleviate your back pain, but it will also improve your posture, which may be an eligible reason for insurance coverage.
Treating a Ventral Hernia
A ventral hernia occurs when your intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through its surrounding tissue to your abdominal wall, causing a pocket or sac. This usually stems from childbirth by C-section. Your insurer may cover tummy tucks if you have a ventral hernia, as surgeons usually perform these two surgeries together.
After your procedure, you will be bandaged in surgical dressing, and you will have tubes coming out of your incision on either side, which drain out any excess fluid that builds up.
You will need to lie in a specific position, and you will be encouraged to move around even if it is painful to avoid any blood clots. Ensure you have some help around the house for the first few days as you will not be able to move around too much, and you will be on some solid medication as recovery will be painful.
You will be given a specific set of instructions from your surgeon on looking after your incision and drain your tubes while recovering. Sometimes you will also need to apply a topical cream to the affected area, which helps it to heal.
To help with swelling and ease discomfort, you will be told to wear a support garment, and there is a set amount of time you need to wear it each day.
If you are a smoker, you will need to give up smoking, which delays the healing process. It is also recommended that you give up alcohol has it is not supposed to be mixed with strong pain killers.
Read More: All About Tummy Tuck Recovery
How Long Will it Take to Heal?
Not everyone is the same, and healing is different for everyone, but most people take 30 days off work to recover. Moving swiftly and picking up heavy objects will be almost impossible for the first 14 days. However, it would be best to get back to your normal activities like cooking and shopping after the first week.
You can expect to feel like your usual self and see the full results after around three months. This is generally when the swelling and bruising start to vanish completely.
The cost of tummy tucks will vary depending on how much fat you are extracting and what areas it is extracted from. Tummy tucks are not just for aesthetical purposes and can be used to treat an array of medical conditions primarily related to weight, childbirth, or injury.
Always inquire about the type of anesthetic your surgeon will be using. A local anesthetic is more cost-effective and reduces the price of your surgery.
Your medical insurance might pay for your tummy tuck if it is considered a necessary medical procedure. Always double-check; you might land up saving yourself much money.