I had a c-section recently due to the fact my son was very large...I did not mind this at the time, but it seems my skin is sagging off of me...I don't know what to do...Does anyone have any answers out there on the cost of a tummy tuck...Something that is considered afforadable.
Answers on the cost of a tummy tuck
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Tummy tuck cost
Although the cost varies, the national average is approximately 6-15 thousand for a full tummy tuck with an anesthesiologist. Good luck.
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Costs of Surgery
In considering the cost of a Tummy Tuck, you should look at the components of the cost:
1. Surgeons Fee. This is usually the greatest part of the overall cost and can vary immensly from location to location (just like the cost of living varies in each location) as well as in the same location, it can vary from surgeon to surgeon. Usually, a surgeon commanding a higher price is very experienced and has very good results reliably, and is very busy due to the above. This also depends on if a circumferential, tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, and skin only tummy tuck is performed. These are usually less expensive in decreasing order.
2. Anesthesia Fee. This can vary depending on if a board certified MD anesthesiologist is used, vs. a nurse anesthetist, vs. a non-certified nurse, vs. only local anesthesia (an awake procedure). Obviously, the further you go down the line, the cheaper the price. You do get what you pay for.
3. Facility Fee. This can vary if it is a a state/medicare certified facility, vs. the back of a doc's office.
4. Accessories. This includes things like a pain pump, Exparol injections (72 hour long lasting numbing), garments, tissue glues, etc. These are not necessary for a great result, just add to the comfort of a result.
5. Revision. Usually a revision such as dog ears or lowering the scar, or a seroma, is much less that the original surgery, but this depends entirely on what exactly is being done.
6. Add on surgeries are usually discounted, as in a mommy makeover.
7. Insurance. If an insurance based surgery, such as a hernia repair is done at the same time, the tummy tuck may be discounted.
As with anything in life, buyer beware of risks of cutting corners in surgery.
Real Self has average costs of every operations in your location that you can peruse before seeing a surgeon, but keep in mind that the above quality can change from office to office. Choose a surgeon that you are very comfortable with and is board certified.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Congratulations on your new baby!
As you have experienced, pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding produce significant changes to woman's body. Many women become interested in body contouring after going through this process. We commonly perform tummy tucks on women who are postpartum but recommend that they wait at least for six months after they have completed breast-feeding before undergoing such procedure. This amount of time will allow the hormones in your body to dissipate and for your body to achieve its final postbaby result. We love performing tummy tucks on women who have had cesarean sections because we can create a more delicate scar below where you currently have your C-section scar.
In our practice, we feel that as every patient is unique so is every tummy tuck. During the initial consult, we spend a great deal of time understanding the patient's concerns and what their aesthetic priorities are. This allows us to design a tummy tuck just for them. These tummy tucks are often done in combination with liposculpture, and liposuction. Many of our patients, use this opportunity to receive other surgeries in the same setting and take advantage in the cost savings and in a single recovery process. For this reason, the costs of the tummy tuck may vary considerably. The price of the surgery may range between $5000 and $13,000.
Clearly, this is a significant investment on the part of the patient. However, patients considering such a surgery should keep in mind that the cheapest way to have the surgery is to have it performed correctly the first time. Unfortunately, we have seen many patients here in South Florida that have received tummy tucks from providers who are not plastic surgeons and then present to the office requesting a revision. These patients will not only have to cover a second procedure but their options may be limited depending on the tissue and scarring that was left from their first surgery.
Therefore your best bet is to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is very experienced in, plastic, liposuction, and body contouring. They will be able to thoroughly evaluate you and determine if you are a candidate for surgery and what other modalities can help you reach your aesthetic goal.
Congratulations again and enjoy your beautiful new baby!
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