A tummy tuck, also known by its not-so-fancy name, abdominoplasty, is a kind of surgery done to remove excess fats and skin from the lower abdominal area.
Hence, it’s called abdominoplasty.
This type of plastic surgery is often used to tighten that loose, sagging tummy (abdomen) after pregnancy or major weight loss, resulting in a flatter waistline.
In general, tummy tuck does what a normal dieting and exercise can’t do much to your “ugly” out of proportion stomach.
But be cautioned: This is a major surgery that might burn your wallet. So you need to educate yourself on the cost of tummy tuck before you elect to undergo the surgery.
How much does a tummy tuck cost varies greatly from surgeon to surgeon and state to state, but you should expect to pay at least $4,000 for a mini surgery to as much as $20,000 depending on the expected complexities of tummy tuck
A mini tummy tuck costs a little less than an extended tummy tucks. For instance, a tummy tuck cost in Huntington Beach or Orange County, California might set you back anywhere between from $6000 – $12,000.
Is it worth it?
It’s important not to make a decision based on the cost alone. You should always consider the quality of your surgeon and the hospital where you’ll undergo the operation.
I suggest that you do a background check and find the best and qualified surgeons in your state. Get a full price quote on the surgery, taking into consideration both the pre-operative and post operative costs.
It is usually best to proceed with a surgeon who’s got a good reputation or track records for the operation, even if they’re not the least expensive in town.
Look for a plastic surgeon who is a certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) which requires a surgeon to have a minimum of 5 years experience as a surgeon, and a minimum of 2 years as a plastic surgeon.
Remember, the cost of a good tummy tuck procedure is cheaper than the price of a bad surgery followed by a revision.
And also get referrals whenever possible.