How Much Is a Tummy Tuck?

Oct. 04, 2021 5:01 pm | by Dr. M. Tahsini

how much is a tummy tuck

How much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?


There’s nothing more frustrating than working out, eating right, and still being unable to get rid of excess belly fat.


Abdominal fat is infamous for being the hardest body fat to get rid of. For some people, diet and exercise simply aren’t enough to get the results that they want. For this reason, many different medical procedures have been developed to remove excess belly fat and skin. The tummy tuck is one of those procedures. You may find yourself wondering, how much is a tummy tuck? We’ll explain the average costs and what all factors into the final price in this helpful guide.



Tummy Tuck Cost Structure


A tummy tuck is known medically as an abdominoplasty. It is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat and loose skin. Furthermore, a tuck tightens muscles in the abdominal wall, giving it a solid look. To understand the cost structure of a tummy tuck surgery, it’s important to know what kind of tuck you are planning to get.


There are two kinds of tummy tucks:  full tummy tucks, and mini tummy tucks. If you have already guessed, mini tucks remove excess fat and skin below the navel only. However, a full tummy tuck targets the entire abdominal area.  In some cases, a liposuction procedure is performed alongside a tummy tuck to remove excess fat.


You should only consider getting a tummy tuck if you are not planning any future pregnancies. The reason is that pregnancy can stretch out the muscles that tummy tucks tighten, and undo some of the processes. In fact, you should also maintain a healthy lifestyle including smart eating and exercising choices. Consequently,  tummy tucks enhance the results of these efforts, not replace them.


An experienced surgeon can perform a full tummy tuck under local anesthesia with sedation. This numbs the abdominal area and relaxes the patient. Alternatively, the patient may be completely asleep under general anesthesia.


How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?


So how much does a tummy tuck cost? According to 2020 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a Tummy Tuck is $6,154. This average tummy tuck cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses.


The cost of a tummy tuck typically includes hospital or surgical facility costs, anesthesia fees, medical tests, prescriptions, a surgeon’s fee, and post-surgery garments. The surgeon’s fee is the most variable of these costs and will e based on their experience, the type of procedure, and the office’s geographic location.


When budgeting for a tummy tuck, make sure you have exact information from your surgeon about what the total tummy tuck cost is going to be so there are no hidden costs to surprise you. Furthermore,  you may want to plan for extra expenses like an abdominal binder for recovery if it’s not included in your surgery. Moreover, you will likely have to take an antibiotic and an anticoagulant during recovery, so remember to ask about such costs as in most clinics such costs are not included in your surgery quotation.


The Cost Of a Tummy Tuck 


Tummy tucks are amazing surgical procedures that can help some people get rid of excess belly fat and skin.  Cost-wise, the benefits of such procedures are hard to measure since they can bring you life-changing results. It’s important to bear in mind that you should always ask for a consultation before opting in for surgery. In fact, a consultation would be the best place to find out the real costs of the tummy tuck, since you should also know how the recovery time can affect your job performance. Furthermore, financing options and promotions for a tummy tuck can be discussed during your free tummy tuck consultation.



Your tummy tuck surgery cost in Los Angeles can vary from $7,000 to $20,000, depending on the areas you want to cover, and the possible procedures you want to get at the same time, like liposuction or BBL. Additionally, the pre-op costs, the anesthesia costs, and the after-care costs must be considered when you are budgeting.




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