Is Weight a Factor in Tummy Tuck Cost?

Does current body weight reflect on pricing of a Tummy Tuck?

Doctor Answers 10

The cost of the procedure may vary depending on how long it takes

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The cost may not necessarily be more because of increased weight, but because of the time involved to complete the procedure.

The time to complete the abdominoplasty may take longer in heavier patients.

There are in general 4 components to the cost of a surgical procedure: Operating Room, Anesthesia, supplies(garments, implants etc), and the professional fee by the surgeon. Many operating rooms and anesthesiologists charge based on time.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Cost of a TT?

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Cost factors vary significantly for a number of good reasons: Prices vary greatly because the surgery itself encompasses a wide range of techniques that can be performed to different extents. My recommendation is to first find the most qualified surgeons where you want the surgery performed that are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery you trust, then compare prices between them. See the below link on suggestions on how to find the most qualified plastic surgeon for your procedure. General Factors that influence the price of plastic surgery include:

1. Location - Will it be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay, an independent out- patient facility or a doctor’s office? Geographical location also has a significant influence. RealSelf has average charges for most areas of the USA.

2. Type of Anesthesia - local, IV sedation or General Anesthesia? Will a board certified anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, or an RN be used?            3. Experience and training of your surgeon. The best and longest trained is most often a plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery           4. Length and Complexity of Surgery - how difficult will your surgery be and how long it will take, etc. Will other complementary procedures also be also performed during the same surgery?

Weight not a factor

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Pricing for tummy tucks is generally based on the type: mini or full. Weight doesn't influence the cost.

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

Weight not a factor

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No, weight isn’t a factor in how much you’d have to pay for your tummy tuck. The only thing that would affect price is the amount of correction required. If the area above the belly button needs to be improved, you’d need a full tummy tuck which usually costs more than a mini tummy tuck, which only improves the area below the belly button.

Weight Not A Factor in Tummy Tuck Cost

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Weight is generally not a factor in the cost of a tummy tuck, however excess fat and skin may involve a more extensive tummy tuck. This would mean you may have to opt for a full tummy tuck to achieve desirable results, which is generally more expensive than a mini.

Loose Skin more a factor than weight

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While a patient should be within 20 pounds of their target weight, the amount of loose skin and the position of the loose skin are more cost determinants than weight.

The cost for tummy tuck like other cosmetic surgery varies considerably across the country and even in the same area. South Florida tends to have lower fees then more expensive areas such as New York or Los Angeles. We charge starting at $4000 + MD Anesthesia related expenses for a modified tummy tuck. With a complete tummy tuck being more. Since you can get quality work at lower costs, patients will travel from throughout the state, the country, and internationally to have surgery in South Florida.

To ensure that you are receiving quality work with personalized care at the most cost effective prices, consult with board certified plastic surgeons that own their own nationally accredited facilities. The quality must be maintained at the highest level to maintain accreditation. The surgeons also have incentive to hire and train quality staff (to ensure that surgery is efficient and enjoyable), to ensure comfortable and private facilities (to encourage referral), and to eliminate waste (to ensure that these facilities can compete effectively).

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Cost of tummy tuck for "heavier" patient

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I agree with my colleagues that price can be based on time in the operating room. For a patient who is "heavier", the time in the operating room to perform the tummy tuck procedure will most likely be more than a 'thinner" patient having the same procedure performed.  Usually the anesthesiologist and the operating room charge by how much time the procedure takes.

There are many factors associated with pricing, for example, the certification of the surgeon, the experience of the surgeon, what type of anesthesia is used and who is administering it (nurse or MD), where the surgery is performed (in an office setting or surgery center), what part of the country you are, etc..

Do your research and choose a surgeon who you are comfortable with.

Best Wishes!



Is weight a factor in Tummy Tuck cost?

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You have great responses fro other doctors! The cost to do a tummy tuck on a 4'11" person is less than the same procedure on a 5'11" person, all variables the same. These "other" variables can be significant as it relates to the final cost.

Something to consider, body weight and height are not the only factors regarding time, expense and final outcome. In my experience, the percent body fat factors more into the OR time vs BMI. As most surgery costs are all inclusive, a patient that "needs" more time after surgery based on the consultation maybe charged more.

Michael Kulick, MD, DDS
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Weight and Tummy Tuck cost

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I agree with my colleagues. I do not know of surgeons who charge by the size. But since the total cost depends on actual time spent in the operating room, a thinner patient will usually have a faster and cheaper procedure than a much heavier patient .

I hope this was helpful.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Is cost of tummy tuck dependent upon body weight?

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The cost of your tummy tuck frequently will be dependent upon the time it takes to perform the procedure. Therefore, in general, a tummy tuck in a 5'7" individual weighing 115 lbs will proceed more quickly (require a smaller incision and less liposuction) then a 5'2" female weighing 250 lbs. The cost for the latter will necessarily be more.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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