How Much Money Should I Need For Out Of Town Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck?

Planning out of Town Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck. How Much Money Should I Need?  

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Costs for Surgery

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It all depends on what surgery is right for you.  In general, a straight forward breast augmentation will range from $6,000-$8,000.  Silicone implants are more expensive than saline.  If more than an augmentation is required, such as a lift witht implants, then costs will be higher.   Tummy tucks can range from $8,000 to $12,000.  Again this depends on the difficulty of the procedure (hernia repairs, additional liposuction, etc) and how long the procedure will take.  These cost will cover the surgeons fee, anesthesia, and operating room.  Additional costs are for getiing pre-op lab tests (usually at most a few hundred dollars), travel, hotels, and medication prescriptions.  Nearly all of my tummy tuck patients will stay at post-operative recovery center with 24 hour nursing for 1-3 days, and even longer.  This can be around $700-$800 per night. 


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Costs for Mommy Makeover

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In general, this prices of Breast Augmentation/Tummy Tuck can vary widely from city to city. For example, a breast augmentation can cost 3-4 times in LA and New York what it costs in Montana.
In looking at the a price quote for breast augmentation, you should consider many variables.
1. The Surgeon's Fee. This can vary widely depending on the experience and results and thus demand for that surgeon. This also sometimes depends on technique. For example, a sub-muscular placement of an implant is much faster and thus takes less work for the surgeon than a sub-fascial placement of the implant that takes twice as long.
2. The Implant. The breast implant price depends on using a saline, memory gel, or highly cohesive (gummybear) implants. Usually saline implants cost about $1,000 for a pair, memory gel $2,000, and highly cohesive $3,000.
3. Anesthesia. This can vary as well. If a board certified anesthesiologist is used then the price is higher. If a CRNA (nurse anesthetist) then the price is lower. It is even lower when a doctor just uses a non-certified anesthetist nurse, or just a medical assistant to push the anesthetic drugs (yes, this actually does happen).
4. Facility Fee. This can vary if the surgeon is using a certified surgery center or hospital vs. his non-certified office.
These four components make the total price, so it is best to break these down so the patient knows exactly what she is getting.
Realself has an average cost for each city.
Best wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Cost for breast augmentation

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The cost for breast augmentation will vary greatly depending on surgeon and location.  The total cost including implants, operating room fees, and anesthesia can cost $9000 in expensive areas such as New York City but may be significantly less in less expensive areas. Remember - you get what you pay for so be careful of very low prices!  Make sure your surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon and ASPS member. Stay in the USA for your own safety.

Matthew Schulman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 161 reviews

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Out of town surgery

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This is a very difficult question to answer.  There are so many variables.  How far are you traveling?  How long is your post op stay and what are accommodation costs?  What surgery are you a candidate for?  How long will you be in the operating room under anesthesia?  The best advice is to find a surgeon and ask them this question for a more accurate money amount.

Rodger Wade Pielet, MD (in memoriam)
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck and breast augmentation

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The fees for tummy tucks and breast augmentation really vary from region to region. In the bigger cities, the fees will most likely be higher.  Good luck., it is often a great combination for the mommy makeover.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Cost for having surgery out of town

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Traveling for surgery is not so "uncommon" now a days. You have to take into consideration the cost of the procedures that you are having performed as well as the travel, hotel, etc.. for staying in town.  Each surgeon has their own recommendations for how long you should stay - which may be at longer due to the fact that you want to have abdominoplasty surgery. 

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 703 reviews

Out of town surgery costs.

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It's funny--we surgeons pretty uniformly decry surgical tourism (especially out-of-country) but we (mostly) accept patients from areas outside our immediate metropolitan locations. I have operated on patients from Alaska, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Kuwait, and many U.S. states, as well as many rural Minnesota communities. But I don't recommend it unless you have the resources and time to stay in touch with the surgeon who does the work, and can deal with any difficulties.

We all speak about "What happens IF there is a complication?" but will in almost the same breath tell you and all of our patients how relatively rare these complications actually are! Still, being prepared for the unlikely IS a good plan! (I always wear MY seat belt--how about you?)

So if you live in an area where travel must be done anyway to obtain quality elective surgery, do your research, ask about costs, and judge for yourself how comfortable the office you are consulting with is with out-of-town patients. Do they offer a motel list? Visiting nursing services? Travel arrangements to and from the surgery site? Overnight care the night of surgery? Follow-up information (IN DETAIL)? What if there are problems? Re-do and touch-up policy and who pays for what?

In our office, the charge for breast augmentation and tummy tuck TOTALS $13900. This includes OR, anesthesia, implants, professional fee, garments, and a lifetime of follow-up, and a no-charge re-operation if there is bleeding. Touch-up or revisional surgery is "no surgeon's fee" and your cost is OR and anesthesia (plus implants if you want different ones). The surgical costs are somewhat more if you require en extended tummy tuck or request liposuction of the hips at the same procedure. I hope this helps in your decision. Good luck!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Expenses can easily increase for out of state surgery

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While making the decision to undergo a procedure by a plastic surgeon out of your area of state, there are several things you should consider and discuss with your surgeon. Consider the potential of either a minor or major complication and how that might affect your hospital care, insurance, and traveling expenses. Discuss with your surgeon who and when you'll be taken care of when you arrive home. You postoperative care should be just as complete and consistent as it would be by your local surgeon. Avoid the gimmicks and marketing of non-plastic surgeons, in particular, out of country physicians who do not meet the same strict standards as your local board certified plastic surgeons. In summary, consider the potential for both the great and bad things that can accompany your decision.

Jeffrey D. Hoefflin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Breast Augmentation

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out of town or out of country. be careful. sometimes saving some money will lead you down a path of repeated surgeries to correct deformities created with the first procedure. within the united states costs vary based on location. look carefully for a board certified plastic surgeon before proceeding. do your homework. this is your body.

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Out Of Town Augmentation & Tummy Tuck

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The cost of your out of town augmentation and timmy tuck will vary depending upon the area of the country in which you choose to have the procedures performed.  You should ask the surgeon whom you choose for an estimate of the total cost.  You should also factor in an expenditure for a stay-over for a few a days in a hotel,etc. since your surgeon will probably be uncomfortable operating on you without your staying in the community for several days post-operatively.

John Whitt, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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