Does the Patient Have to Pay for Tummy Tuck Revision Cost?
- Asked by siouxmac in Rhode Island
- 4 years ago
When a plastic surgery (abdominoplasty) revision is necessary, does the patient have to pay?
I paid for a full Tummy Tuck, but the result I have been left with is pretty hideous by anyone's standards. My plastic surgeon attempted to right his wrong by performing laser skin tightening on my upper abdominal area, which did absolutely nothing. After finally expressing my unhappiness to my PS, when I realized that my end result was what you see here, it was decided that I needed a revision. Is it fair that I'm being forced to pay the hospital and anesthesiology fees for my revision surgery, now scheduled for March 31st?
I compensated this surgeon very well at the time of the original surgery, and I am now the one who must undergo a SECOND surgery, with all of the risks, downtime, and discomfort associated with that. I realize that if I were asking the surgeon to 'tweak' something, my payment of these fees would be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, this is hardly just a tweaking; my results were unsightly and unacceptable, and I didn't receive what I paid for - a FULL TT. What are your thoughts on this? Additionally, am I an idiot for letting this surgeon have a second shot at me? Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Revisions after tummy tucks should be rare. ...
Revisions after tummy tucks should be rare. Occasionally a tiny dog ear at the corner of the incision needs to be repaired and this is usually at no charge. Charges, however, are at the discretion of your surgeon.
In general, if the result is something that falls short of what your surgeon anticipated and you followed all appropriate post-op instructions, a revision will usually be done at no charge. If the result is somewhat less than hoped for but it is because of the patient's body, revisions might be offerred at cost. If the patient wants more than that, but the surgeon feels that result is otherwise good, there may be more charges involved.
Again, revisions are rare and charges are up to the doctor.
Charges for Revision Surgery
Thank you for your question.
Every surgeon's office differs with how they deal with revisionary surgery and the charges involved. It is standard that if the surgeon waives his/her surgeons fee, that the patient pay the fees associated with returning to the operating room (OR fees, anesthesia, supplies, etc).
Tummy tuck revision
I can appreciate your disappointment from this picture. Most plastic surgeons communicate what can be expected from a given surgery and will discuss your personal expectation. Form this photo, it appears that you had a mini-tummy tuck. However, you may have been a more appropriate candidate for a full tummy tuck. All of these should have been discussed with you before the first surgery.
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Are you sure you had a full tummy tuck?
I can understand your disappointment. Plastic surgeons generally strive to communicate realistic outcomes and deliver satisfactory results.
It is hard to tell from this picture but it is my impression that you underwent a mini tummy tuck and not a full judging from your picture. In a full tummy tuck the umbilicus is completely inset all the way around. There does not appear to be a scar around the umbilicus but it is difficult to tell. Did you have stitches around your belly button? If you did have stitches, you healed excellently. Your lower belly demonstrates excelllent overall appearance. However, the upper abdominal skin seem disproportionately loose. It does appear to have sun damage and poor elasticity which may have contributed to the laxity seen in this picture. Did you suffer a hematoma? The problem is your upper abdominal skin which may require a reverse abdominoplasty.
If not, then you may have undergone a mini or a hybrid/marriage abdominoplasty. In either of these procedures the skin of the upper abdomen remains untreated which appears to be the case.
In regards to fees, this is a difficult question. I don't think that you are going to improve the appearance without additional surgery. In this event, there are different fees that will be incurred: the surgeon's fee, the operating room, and the anesthesiologist. As plastic surgeons, we always seek to meet or exceed our patient's expectations. Many surgeon's waive the surgeon's fee but have the patient pay for the operating room and anesthesia as needed. Clearly, you will need to set forth the terms of any additional procedures after that. If you search for another surgeon, you will likely have to pay for all the fees.
I urge you to continue discussions with your plastic surgeon and if you are not satisfied with their explanation, seek second opinions and proceed only if someone can assure you of a reasonable outcome.
This is dependent upon the surgeon. Common practice is...
This is dependent upon the surgeon.
Common practice is that if a revision is performed within 1 yr of surgery, many physicians will waive their surgical fee and only charge for the facility: to pay the anesthesiologist, nursing staff, and for supplies.
Paying for Tummy Tuck Revision
Based on what you have written and shown. Im assuming that you had less than a tummy tuck. However it would be hard for me to be certain because you only provided a very limited photograph.
If you did have a complete tummy tuck and this was still your end result, it is not unheard of that some people have less than completely satisfactory results. And unfortunately sometimes do need a revision surgery to accomplish full satisfaction. Therefore the costs associated with the revisions have to be born by the patient because no plastic surgeon can give absolute guarantees as to the final outcome of surgery.
Web reference: http://spectrum-aesthetics.com/tummy-tuck/
Tummy Tuck revision cost
Thank you for the photo. It is still hard to say without a proper exam or review of the operative note. For revisional surgery, the surgeon often does not have control over some costs, (O.R. fees, Anesthesia fees, supplies, etc:). Best to discuss this with your surgeon. Delineate your expectations and together your should be able to come up with a plan.
Web reference: http://www.jjrothmd.com/procedures/tummy-tuck-abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck Revision Fees
I am sorry to hear your disappointment about your results. It illustrates the importance of choosing the surgeon with the requisite reputation, experience, and skills who understands your objectives and can clearly set the expectations. Each office has a different set of policies regarding revisions. If you trust that the surgeon has your best interests at heart and the skill to achieve what you want then you should stick with him. If you have lost trust then consult with 2 other surgeons to get their opinions.
Revision tummy tuck cost.
Hello. Sorry to hear that you are not happy with your results. Every surgeon has their own protocol on revision. I usually tell patients to wait one year post surgery to have anything revised. Pricing also differs for each surgeon. In most cases you pay facility and anesthesia cost and the doctor doesn't charge. Best of luck to you.
Web reference: http://www.jaimeperezmd.com
Tummy Tuck Revision cost
It seems you had a Mini Tummy Tuck, most probably by a non PS.
As for payment for revision, this should have been discussed prior to the first and even the second surgery you plan.
See a BOARD CERTIFIED PS for the revision. You will be happier. There is NO LASER that will tighten the lax skin.