Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck plastic surgery is typically performed as an elective procedure which means that the patient is not likely to have insurance coverage for this surgery.
Therefore, surgery costs become a vital starting point for many patients. During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient on various aspects of a tummy tuck surgery, including its approximate costs.
The first objective of the surgeon will be to offer clear information to the patient enabling them to make a well-informed decision.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, provides tummy tuck surgery to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities across the landscape.
Factors Affecting the Cost
The dollar figure associated with a tummy tuck surgery can differ between two practices and between two patients at the same practice as well. Some important factors that influence the overall surgery costs are:
Main metropolitan cities and busy urban centers typically have higher real estate costs and other overheads in comparison to a small town located in the interiors. This will affect the costs of various goods and services, including aesthetic procedures such as a tummy tuck.
The plastic surgeon’s fee may match with their professional credentials, experience, and reputation in the area of a body contouring surgery such as tummy tuck. In any case, the surgeon’s fee is an important component that will impact overall surgery costs.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), patients should consider the surgeon’s skill and qualifications while making a decision, and should view the surgeon’s fee only as a secondary factor.
Anesthesia and Surgical Facility Costs
The surgeon will typically recommend the use of general anesthesia for a tummy tuck surgical procedure.
A certified anesthetist nurse or an anesthesiologist will charge a fee that can vary according to their skills and experience. The patient may undergo a tummy tuck surgery at an ambulatory surgery center, a hospital, or a private surgical suite. The expenses and advantages will differ with each option.
Extent of Surgery
The surgeon will choose a surgical technique for the tummy tuck procedure in accordance with the patient’s specific abdominal anatomy and their personal aesthetic objectives. The length and nature of the surgery will affect the overall costs of the procedure.
For example, a partial abdominoplasty will be significantly more affordable than a full tummy tuck procedure. The procedure costs will increase if the surgeon performs liposuction as an ancillary procedure for the flanks or other regions.
Insurance and Financing
Patients receive insurance coverage for tummy tuck surgery only in rare cases where it can be proven that the surgery is a medical necessity. In other cases, the patient may seek financing from professional medical care financing firms. Such firms typically offer quick loan approvals, competitive rates of interest, and manageable monthly installments.
Pragmatic plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and other suburbs and neighborhoods in this area of the country for tummy tuck surgery.