Cost of Tummy Tuck in Houston, Texas?

I am in texas Houston and wont to know, how much will a tummy tuck cost? There's not a lot that has to be taken off so please give me a price.

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Tummy tuck prices

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Prices vary with the area and the doctor as there are no standard prices.

I can tell you that I got a call today from a patient who came to me for a tummy tuck 2 years ago and went to another doctor who was less expensive and now wants to come back to me to fix their poor result. The price to do anything will basically double what they could have paid had it just been done right the first time. Please don't repeat this mistake!

Costs of Tummy Tuck

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Thank you for your post.
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.
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.
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.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Tummy tuck pricing

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Thank you for your question.  Tummy tuck procedures can be extremely gratifying and patients will often tout how much a difference it can make.  In the Houston area, the cost of a tummy tuck can vary from about 6000 - 9000 depending on the overall time it takes for the procedure and whether you are adding liposuction to the mix.  Contouring the back is a common addition and will add several thousand to the procedure.  In addition, certain types of tummy tuck such as a corset tummy tuck will take more time and also add to the overall cost.  

Here are some different types of tummy tuck procedures:

Mini tummy tuck:  Addresses the skin and muscle laxity below the belly button.  It can be combined with liposuction for additional contouring

Traditional tuck:  Addresses the skin and muscle above and below the belly button.  An incision around the belly button is needed for this.  Often combined with liposuction of the abdomen and flanks.

Floating belly button tummy tuck.  Same as the traditional tummy tuck but has no incision around the belly button.  Instead the belly button is taken off from it's base to allow access to tighten the muscle above the belly button.  

Corset tummy tuck:  This is ideal for someone who has a great deal of of skin laxity both horizontally and vertically.  The traditional tummy tuck incision below the underwear line is used, but additional incisions are required in the vertical midline of the abdomen and under the breasts.  This approach reduces a tremendous amount of skin laxity, tightens the muscle and is also commonly combined with liposuction.

As you can imagine, each of these tummy tuck procedures can take a varying amount of time depending on the type of tummy tuck and the individual needs of the patient.  I would recommend that you visit with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to help you decide the best options for you.

Price

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There are two basic types of tummy tucks: mini and full. The type that you need will dictate the price. A mini is $5800 and a full is $8000. These prices include all fees (surgical facility, surgeon's fees, anesthesia, all appointments). At my practice in Toronto, Ontario, the price also includes scar therapy and a compression garment. Medications are separate.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Tummy tuck costs: Houston

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Costs for a tummy tuck surgery in Texas
The cost will depend upon the type of tummy tuck anesthesia skill find an experience of the surgeon. There’ll be regional differences. Approximate costs can be found on real self, and other websites such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Payment plans can be offered through Care Credit, local banks, credit cards, and other companies such as Prosper. Some plans have 12-18 months interest free.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Cost of an abdominoplasty

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Yes, you are a good candidate for an abdominoplasty. Pick a plastic surgeon based on qualifications and board certification in plastic surgery. Try to stay close to home. If you have a complication you do not want to travel many hours to see your plastic surgeon. Your surgical procedure, abdominoplasty with liposuction of the posterior hips, flanks and upper back would take approximately 3.5 hours. Average cost in Atlanta is in the 7K to 8K range.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Reasons for Different TT prices

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Price of Tummy Tuck
The price is dependent on many factors - is it a mini, full or extended abdominoplasty such as a fleur de lis pattern where redundant skin is removed from the center as well as the bottom of the abdomen? Is it skin only or does it include tightening of the muscles? Will Liposuction also be necessary? Will it be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay or in an independent out-patient facility? Will a surgical assistant be needed? Will a board-certified anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist be used? Will an (anti) pain pump be used?
All of these factors influence the cost. Houston will be different, but at least for reference, in Orange County, the estimated range is $7000- $15,000+ depending on the variables above.

Compare costs very carefully

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Often it is not the best approach to find the cheapest plastic surgeon. Does the surgeon specialize in this procedure? What are their credentials? How long have they been in practice? What percentage of their practice is cosmetic surgery? How many of these surgeries have they performed? Do they use the latest techniques? What do their results look like? Do they have photos to show of their work? Do they provide follow-up themselves, or will you only see the nurses (or even just an assistant)? Are they available by phone for an emergency or does one of their staff answer after-hour calls? What is the impression you get from their office and staff? Are they professional and informative? Do they know what they are talking about? You need to ask yourself all of these questions.

When comparing quotes from different doctors, check to make sure that the costs you are quoted are for the same thing! Check to see what type of anesthesia and facility you are going to be treated in. If the total price is lower but you are not going to receive proper anesthesia from a board certified anesthesiologist, then are you getting a better deal (or inferior treatment)? If the facility is not a certified outpatient surgery center but is an in-office procedure room, is the difference in safety worth the cost reduction? If the doctor is not a board certified plastic surgeon, is that worth the discount in the fees? I would say the answer to all three of these questions is no!

Assuming you are talking about a board certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience in abdominoplasty, you need to find someone who you trust. This is your body, make sure you are making decisions based on the quality of care, the experience and training of the doctor, and proven results! Cost alone should not be the deciding
factor.

The prices can vary from state to state, and from city to city. Our costs, including the board certified plastic surgeon's fees, board certified anesthesiologist's fees, operating room, labs, scar gel, vitamins, and follow-up at 1 day, 5 days, 7 days, 9 days, 14 days, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, and every year after that forever, are around $7400. If you need more follow-up appointments, those are free as well.

Cost of Tummy Tuck

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Pricing really depends on the surgeon, location and type of tummy tuck. Generally speaking, mini tummy tucks range from $6000 to $7000 while full tummy tuck are more, ranging from $8000 to $9000.  

Another factor that should be considered is if liposuction is performed as well. If yes, this may be more or integrated into the price. 

Tummy Tuck Cost

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Cost is one important consideration in your decision to pursue cosmetic surgery, but it should not be the most important.   First, let's talk about cost.  Realself.com is an excellent website for references/ranges for costs in particular regions.  At this time, this website lists $8700 as the average cost of a tummy tuck in the Houston marketplace.

Realself.com/tummy-tuck/houston

This likely does not include any adjunctive liposuction/liposculpting of your waist/flanks that is commonly performed with a tummy tuck procedure.  You need to make sure what every price estimate you obtain include 1) surgeon's fees 2) OR/facility fees and 3) Anesthesia fees.  Each and every office has their own financial quotes and policies and you can review this with their respective staff or coordinators.

More important that just cost are the credentials and experience of your surgeon.  First, you MUST make certain your tummy tuck surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  Accept no imitations or titles that might sound similiar or sexy. Second, make certain that your board certified plastic surgeon performs his/her procedure(s) in a fully accredited hospital or surgery center facility - safety first.   Third, review their work - review their before/after photo galleries.  You need to like what you are seeing.  Make certain your PS performs several tummy tucks per week on a regular basis.  Experience matters.  Finally, listen to yourself: make sure you feel comfortable and confident with your surgeon and also his/her staff.  Pick the surgeon and team with whom you feel most comfortable.  Do your homework and I'm sure you'll love your results.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery,

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX 

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