Even after a tummy tuck, my stomach still hangs when I bend down. Would a revision tummy tuck cost as much as my initial tummy tuck?
Does a Tummy Tuck Revision Cost Less Than the Initial Tummy Tuck?
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Tummy Tuck Revision Costs?
Thank you for the question.
Unfortunately, revisionary surgery is sometimes necessary after tummy tuck surgery (or any other type of surgewry). Costs involved with the revisionary surgery will depend on several factors including who does the surgery, the duration of the planned procedure and whether it will be be done under local or general anesthesia.
Generally, assuming you're working with a well trained board-certified plastic surgeon it is best to stick with your initial surgeon if at all possible.
Costs of Tummy Tuck
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.
In general, a revision costs less than the original tummy tuck, but this depends on the extent of the revision and what is being done.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Every office is different.
The fees for a revision of an abdominoplasty will be based on the exact nature of the work that needs to be done in order to achieve your desired results. These fees will typically be lower if the surgeon is performing a minor revision. If you still have confidence in your original surgeon, consult with him/her first. Best of luck!
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Usually not, but it varies
Revision tummy tucks can be anything from simple scar work under local in the office to a full re-operation under general anesthesia. Most are of the smaller sort.
Just ask your surgeon and be nice.
Depends on your doctor's policy
This would depend on your surgeon's policy, and this can vary widely. Unfortunately, revisions are sometimes necessary and these can be some of the most trying times for surgeon's and patients. Usually it is most cost effective to stay with your original surgeon, as he definitely wants happy patients and is likely to work with you to ensure this.
Revisional Surgery Varies From Practice to Practice
The cost of revisional surgery varies from practice to practice and is dependent upon a multitude of variables. Each situation is unique and for this reason it’s difficult to have precise rules.
In most cases surgeons try to be reasonable and help patients whenever possible. It’s not unusual for surgeons to waive their surgeon’s fee and charge only for the facility and anesthesia. It’s important to discuss these issues pre-operatively to minimize confusion in the post-operative period.
Will Tummy Tuck Revision Cost Less than Initial Tummy Tuck?
If the surgeon that performed the initial tummy tuck is the one that will be doing the revision, then most likely the revision tummy tuck will cost less. If the surgeon that performed the procedure agrees that he could have provided you with better results, and agrees to a revision then the costs involved are usually the anesthesia costs, and operating room costs. This is the scenario where you have the revision with the same surgeon.
Now, if you we not happy with the results that your PS provided and which to find another surgeon. The new plastic surgeon will charge you full pricing for the tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Revision
Each office has a different set of policies on pricing. Usually it is more cost effective with the original surgeon as he has a motivation to keep you happy.
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