For most Americans, it’s been difficult not to notice the rise in the cost of living in recent years. Wages are going up in many places around the country, but so is the cost of groceries, gas, clothes, and even healthcare.
This general rise in prices has extended to plastic surgery. And this has led some patients to be apprehensive about pursuing the procedures they desire.
Almost always, it is difficult for a plastic surgeon to give a completely accurate and specific quote for the entire sum of your surgery before it takes place. This is simply because the surgical facility, anesthesiologist, etc. will bill based on how much of their services, time, resources, etc. were used.
Patients who’ve lost a significant amount of weight depend on tummy tuck surgery, for example, to help them get rid of excess skin and feel their best. Mothers, too, look to tummy tucks to get their “pre-baby bodies” back after they’re done having kids. It’s an important plastic surgery procedure for many people.
But exactly how much does it cost to get a tummy tuck procedure? When you work hard for your income, this is a question worth answering before pursuing surgery. So, let’s take a deep dive into the answer.
The majority of Portland residents can expect to pay between $7,000 and $12,000 as a baseline tummy tuck surgery cost. However, this may not include a variety of additional fees, such as those needed for pre-operative labs and tests, payments made directly to surgical facilities and anesthesiologists, and expenses for postoperative compression garments, medications, etc. Furthermore, plastic surgeons charge their own individual fees as well.
So, for example, if, without knowing so beforehand, your surgery were to run longer than expected, your anesthesiologist (who bills by the hour) will end up charging more than they initially quoted for your procedure. For this reason, patients often have a rough idea of how much their surgery will cost, but exact numbers won’t be available until the surgery has been completed.
With all of that said, we can still go over each of the itemized portions you’ll need to pay for in order to go through with your tummy tuck surgery. The following is a list of the factors affecting the overall cost of tummy tuck surgery.
Again, every surgeon approaches their consultation fees for tummy tucks differently. Some surgeons will include the cost of initially meeting with them (their consultation fee) with all of their other charges. Other surgeons will ask that you pay a separate consultation fee.
Different surgeons charge different fees, and a surgeon’s fee is often influenced by where they are located geographically in the country. Larger cities have a higher cost of living, so surgery in those cities will be more expensive. Likewise, more experienced plastic surgeons will usually charge more for their skill and expertise.
You may need to get some lab tests or other medical tests performed before you are able to schedule your tummy tuck. These will naturally need to be paid for by you and will not be covered by health insurance. Hardly any plans will cover tummy tuck surgery.
Your anesthesiologist or anesthetist nurse will charge their own fees (usually by the hour), and you will also need to pay for the actual anesthesia used during your surgery.
Depending on where you have your tummy tuck procedure, the surgical facility or hospital will charge their own fees. This is true even though most tummy tucks are outpatient surgeries, which means you won’t have to stay overnight and can go home on the same day as your surgery.
Lastly, there will also be some remaining expenses after surgery. A compression garment is needed, and medications will be prescribed — both of which will generally need to be paid for by you.
Board certified plastic surgeon specializes in breast augmentation, full tummy tuck surgery (and other tummy tuck procedures), liposuction, and mommy makeover surgery. Dr. Aric Aghayan would be happy to discuss your candidacy for the procedure and the payment options we offer.
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