After you have lost a lot of weight, you may notice some major changes to the appearance of your skin as well as your overall body contour. This is because when you gain weight, your skin expands to accommodate the added girth. When you lose weight, the skin will only shrink back so much. The only way to remove this excess skin is to meet with a plastic surgeon.
We’d like to look at one particularly helpful surgery for these matters known as the tummy tuck. Specifically, we want to look at the costs associated with the procedure and what it means for patients.
What is a tummy tuck?
First things first, let’s look at the basics. A tummy tuck is a body sculpting surgery that is performed in order to remove excess skin and tissue from the lower abdominal area. By undergoing a tummy tuck, patients will lose that loose skin that hangs in the lower portion of the stomach and will look trimmer and slimmer as a result.
The Average Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery
The average cost of a tummy tuck can actually vary based on a number of factors. Because of this, we don’t think that providing a general price range or an average national cost will accurately reflect the price of surgery and what impact that may or may not have on a patient. When you stop by for a consultation, we’ll be sure to go over these options in greater detail with you.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery
Some of the factors that affect the total cost of a tummy tuck surgery include:
- The training and credentials of the cosmetic plastic surgeon(s)
- The location of the cosmetic surgery center
- The extent of the surgery (i.e., mini tummy tuck, traditional tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck)
- The complexity of the patient’s case
- Combinations of different body sculpting surgeries
- Discounts unique to individual practices
Does insurance cover tummy tuck?
It is very unlikely that your medical insurance will cover tummy tuck surgery or any other kinds of body contouring procedures. These sorts of surgeries are generally classified as elective in nature. It is worth checking, however, since policies do vary and the circumstances of your situation may allow for some degree of coverage.
Financing Options for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
Since the tummy tuck surgery can often place a financial burden on some households due to upfront costs, there are financing options available that can put the surgery within reach. These monthly payment options are basically much like traditional loans or credit cards. A trusted lender partners with the cosmetic surgery center, covering the total cost of the surgery. The patient is then responsible for paying back the lender on a monthly basis.
Many patients appreciate these payment options since it allows them to budget as needed from month to month. A reasonable interest rate will apply to the loan. We will be sure to answer all questions that you may have before you commit to any payment option.
Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery and how it can help you look your absolute best, be sure to contact our New York City / Long Island plastic surgery centers today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve optimal aesthetic results.