I desperately need a tummy tuck. Are there any doctors in the Washington, DC area performing this service pro bono or at a greatly reduced fee? I would prefer a surgeon experienced with black skin.
Cheap Tummy Tuck in Washington DC?
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University Programs offer greatly reduced rates for being operated on by a surgeon in training.
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
Tummy Tuck in Washington DC
Plastic surgery residency training programs at George Washington and Georgetown may be good alternatives if you can not afford a board certified plastic surgoen.
Cheap Tummy Tuck?
Thank you for the question.
You will find that the cost of surgery will vary significantly even in the same town. Although important, ultimately the cost of surgery should be of less concern than the quality and safety of the procedure performed. In other words, do your due diligence carefully. Check with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and/or and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for appropriate training and credentials. Then, make sure you see lots of examples of the surgeons work in pictures ( better yet meet with patients who have had similar procedures).
If the surgeons you choose are out of your “price range”, wait on having the surgery until you can afford them. Elective plastic surgery is not an “item” you should bargain shop for. You will find that revisionary surgery can be more much more expensive.
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In most instances, you get what you pay for and cheap cosmetic surgery is certainly no exception. One option you might look into though would be to contact the plastic surgery residency training programs at George Washington and Georgetown Universities and see if they have a resident cosmetic clinic.
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You may be able to find people who will do the surgery for a very low fee, but often times, these physicians do not have equivalent training to that of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Ultimately, if you are looking for a highly qualified, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience operating on African-Americans, you should seek out someone with those qualifications. It probably will not be cheap, but after all, you'll be investing in yourself.
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Be careful! The adage generally hold true "you get what you pay for." I certainly understand that you might really "need" a tummy tuck and could be a wonderful candidate for the procedure, but in general, if you find a "great deal" it is because someone is learning on you. If you are going to go this route, the best way to get a deal and still have a good surgeon is to find a reputable academic plastic surgery training program. Ideally you want a fellow's clinic in Aesthetic plastic surgery, but if you cannot find one, then a resident's clinic in plastic surgery. In both of these settings, you should get a technically proficient surgeon who will be supervised by someone that has the appropriate knowledge base.