How much should your tummy tuck cost?
Research is vital when planning your plastic surgery procedure
For cosmetic plastic surgery procedures such as tummy tucks and mommy makeovers, cost is important because it is paid out of pocket. (Costs for common procedures are listed here.) The typical tummy tuck patient is a mom, and it is a very significant household budget item. It is of course most important to research your plastic surgeon and make an informed decision; but it is also important to understand what is included in the cost so you can plan accordingly.
How is pricing determined?
Hospitals and surgery centers that don’t focus on plastic surgery are notorious for lack of price transparency, but cosmetic surgery is usually paid in advance so you need to know exactly what you will be paying. The costs will include the surgeon’s professional fee, the anesthesia provider’s fee, and the facility charges. Our policy is to have fixed rates, and the surgical fees include follow-up visits. Because we have our own fully accredited surgery facility, we can set the rates by procedure, as opposed to billing by time utilized as other surgicenters do. Billing by time can create unexpected additional expenses it for any reason the procedure takes longer than estimated. Combining procedures in one operation - such as tummy tuck + breast surgery for a mommy makeover - will generally save money over doing them at separate times.
Similarly, since we work exclusively with one anesthesia provider (Mary Kay Livingston CRNA), she is able to offer package pricing as well. (It helps that we have been working together for more than 20 years.) When comparing anesthesia fees, there is the professional fee and supply charges (medications etc.) which may be part of the facility charge or included in the fee.
Not included are any prescription medications that the patient will need at home after surgery. Also, with tummy tucks we strongly recommend a long-lasting numbing agent called Exparel, which is placed during the surgery and reduces discomfort afterwards. This is a line-item expense, and for procedures involving implants, there will also be a separate line item expense.
So if you are comparing costs, be sure to know what is included. Often what seems like a better deal isn’t if it is only an estimate or doesn’t include everything.
Let us help guide you through the process
As an expert in revision breast surgery, anti-aging, and non-surgical technologies, I treat patients from all around the country and provide guidance on their desired plastic surgery procedure. By combining my artistic eye with state of the art medical techniques, we're able to create natural looking results for every patient. To learn more about my approach to tummy tuck and mommy makeover plastic surgery, please call the office at (425)776-0880 or submit an online inquiry.