Factors Affecting Your Tummy Tuck Cost
Many of us contend with stretched, sagging muscles and skin along the midsection as we age. Significant weight loss, childbearing, and genetics are often to blame for a loss of definition from sternum to hips. When it comes to addressing lax muscles and skin, diet and exercise are often not enough, and cosmetic surgery is needed to achieve a flatter abdomen. Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and tightens up underlying tissue to create an enviable, toned waistline. If you are considering a tummy tuck, it is likely you have a number of questions about the treatment, including pricing. Dr. Stephen P. Hardy can discuss the factors that will influence your total tummy tuck cost during a consultation at our Missoula, MT, practice.
Choosing an Experienced Surgeon
Arguably the most important decision you will make concerning your treatment is choosing the right surgeon. A skilled surgeon will be able to see you safely through your procedure and follow-up care. With an experienced surgical hand and a keen eye for detail, the right doctor will minimize trauma to the treatment area, equating to faster healing times and less post-operative inflammation and discomfort.
Most patients would agree that selecting a Board Certified surgeon with decades of experience, like Dr. Hardy, is a sound investment in their health and self-confidence.
Of course, the benefits of selecting a highly qualified surgeon extend beyond recovery. There are fine surgical details when repositioning abdominal tissue to improve the appearance of the midsection in a manner that complements a patient’s overall physique. A surgeon with years of experience performing successful tummy tucks can help you achieve the look you seek.
It should be expected that surgeons with this kind of proven experience will typically charge more for their services than a practitioner who is fresh out of their internship or fellowship program. A surgeon’s fee is one of the most significant contributors to the cost of a tummy tuck. Most patients would agree that selecting a Board Certified surgeon with decades of experience, like Dr. Hardy, is a sound investment in their health and self-confidence.
Extent of the Surgery & Anesthesia
The areas treated with a tummy tuck surgery will vary from patient to patient, which can affect your total costs. The scope of the procedure may be limited to the medial abdominal area, whereas other surgeries may extend further up beyond the navel or out towards the sides of the torso. Additionally, some patients may be able to achieve their treatment goals with a procedure that requires a straightforward manipulation of underlying tissues, while another patient may need a more dynamic approach involving liposuction.
Tummy tuck surgery will require the patient to receive anesthesia to ensure their comfort and to expedite the surgical time. Many practices will charge a separate hourly fee for an anesthesiologist to administer the sedative medication. Fortunately, Dr. Hardy’s patients can save on this cost factor since Dr. Hardy administers the anesthesia himself.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Generally, tummy tucks are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance. If the procedure is deemed medically necessary, then insurance may be applicable. Abdominoplasty patients who qualify for insurance coverage will usually have ongoing health concerns related to excess tissue in their midsections, like a rash, infection, or back pain.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
The only way to receive an accurate estimate of your tummy tuck costs is by meeting with a plastic surgeon. If you are ready to take the first step towards a leaner midline, please call our practice at (406) 728-3811 or send us a message.