Tummy tuck cosmetic surgery is usually performed as an elective procedure, which means that the patient will likely not receive insurance coverage for this procedure.
This makes the surgery costs an important starting point for many patients. At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain various aspects of the tummy tuck surgery to the patient, including its estimated costs.
The first goal of the surgeon will be to provide the patient with clear information to enable them to make an enlightened choice.
Vinings Surgery Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove, provides abdominoplasty to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding communities.
Factors Influencing the Cost
Tummy tuck costs can vary between two practices as well as two patients at the same practice. Certain vital factors that affect the overall surgery costs are as follows:
Location of the Practice
The average living costs vary between different regions. Therefore, the practice location is an important factor that influences the costs of a tummy tuck cosmetic surgery.
Busy urban centers and main metropolitan cities usually have higher real estate and overhead costs compared to a small town located in an interior region. This will have an effect on the costs of various products and services, including cosmetic procedures, such as a tummy tuck.
The fees of the plastic surgeon may be commensurate with their professional qualifications, experience, and reputation in the field of body contouring surgery. The surgeon’s charges are a vital component that will affect the total surgery costs.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends patients to consider skills and qualifications when choosing a plastic surgeon while making the surgeon’s fee a secondary factor.
Anesthesia and Surgical Venue Costs
The surgeon will usually recommend the use of general anesthesia for a tummy tuck plastic surgery. A certified anesthetist nurse or an anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia and will charge according to their qualifications and experience.
The patient may receive tummy tuck surgery at a hospital, an ambulatory surgery center, or a private surgical suite. Each option has associated expenses and advantages.
Extent of Surgery
The surgeon will recommend a surgical technique for the tummy tuck depending on the patient’s unique anatomy and their personal cosmetic goals. The nature and length of the procedure will influence the total costs of the surgery.
For instance, a partial tummy tuck will be much more affordable in comparison to a full tummy tuck procedure. There will be an increase in procedure costs if the surgeon performs liposuction as an ancillary procedure for the flanks or other areas.
Insurance and Financing
Only in rare cases, where it can be proven that the procedure is medically necessary, is an elective surgery such as a tummy tuck eligible for insurance coverage. In other cases, patients may consider seeking financing from professional medical care financing companies. Such companies usually offer faster loan approvals, competitive interest rates, and convenient monthly installments.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove receives patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and nearby areas for abdominoplasty.
Vinings Surgery Center is taking patients from Greater Atlanta Georgia, Buckhead, Marietta, Roswell, Dunwoody and surrounding areas.