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How Much Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Cost?

November 10, 2023 | 4 minute read

If you’re considering getting a tummy tuck, an influential factor in your decision may be how much the procedure costs. Undergoing any surgical procedure is a big decision to make, and it is important to understand each of the elements that contribute to the overall price. 

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Estimated Total Cost 

Here at Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, the estimated total cost for tummy tuck surgery ranges from $15,000 to $18,000. Patients can expect to pay within this range for their tummy tuck, though they will get a more personalized price quote after their consultation. 

Factors That Contribute to the Total Tummy Tuck Cost

Looking at the total price alone can be a bit daunting, so we’re going to break down the factors that go into the complete cost to help you understand where exactly your money is going. 

Type of Tummy Tuck

There are different types of tummy tucks (full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, Fleur De Lis tummy tuck, reverse tummy tuck, and 360 body lift), and they all vary in price. The type of tummy tuck you get will depends on how much excess fat and skin you have, as well as what your desired goals are. During your tummy tuck consultation, let the doctor know what you hope to achieve with the surgery and ask them which method will work best for your body.

Surgeon’s Expertise

The surgeon’s experience and skill level in performing tummy tuck surgery will impact the cost. Surgeons who have more years of experience and a good reputation may charge more than other surgeons; however, patients can rest easy knowing that they are in good hands for their body contouring procedure. At Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, our surgeons are known for reconstructing belly buttons to make them more aesthetically pleasing, and Dr. Bartlett is particularly noted for her natural results. 

Potential Lab Test Fees

Some patients may be asked to have particular diagnostics or lab tests done prior to their tummy tuck. Common tests may include an EKG, blood tests, pregnancy tests, etc. Make sure to account for the costs of these additional tests when considering the cost of your tummy tuck procedure. 

Operating Room & Anesthesia Fees

General anesthesia is administered to the patient during a tummy tuck surgery, which is another added cost since the anesthesia team and the operating facility have their own fees. Operating room and anesthesia fees may include $3000-$5000, depending on the time required to perform the procedure. This is included in your surgical quote. At Town and Country, we operate at accredited facilities with trained staff, because safety is of paramount importance. 

Post-Op Costs

While recovering from your tummy tuck, you’ll need certain materials to aid in the healing process, such as compression garments and scar gel. Many of these materials are supplied by your surgeon, and the cost is combined with the cost of the surgical procedure. 

Lymphatic Massage After Tummy Tuck

It is highly recommended for tummy tuck patients to get a lymphatic massage after their surgery. Lymphatic massages help reduce swelling, bruising and softens scar tissue. This is another post-surgery cost to factor in. Expect to have multiple lymphatic massage treatments to achieve the best possible results. We can recommend a lymphatic massage specialist who can best serve you and your post surgical needs. 

Before and after photos of a tummy tuck patient in Houston, Texas

Will My Insurance Cover a Tummy Tuck?  

In general, tummy tucks are not covered by insurance. However, in some cases, if there is an umbilical hernia, then that can be covered by the patient’s insurance. If there is a bigger hernia, it will need to be managed by a general surgeon. 

Why Should I Be My Goal Weight Before Surgery?

It is typically recommended for patients to be at their goal weight when they come in for a tummy tuck. Weight fluctuations after surgery can alter your tummy tuck results. Weight loss medications such as semiglutide and phentermine will need to be stopped at least 2 weeks before surgery to minimize healing complications. 

What Can I Expect With the Recovery Process? 

At Town and Country, tummy tuck patients are given an enhanced recovery protocol post-surgery. This includes a medication cocktail which started the day before surgery and will minimize the need for excessive narcotics. A long acting numbing injection, called Exparel, will be used during your surgery which can help provide relief for up to three days after surgery. Usually, we have patients take two weeks off of work so that their body can focus on healing. 

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Houston, Texas 

To learn more about your tummy tuck options in Houston, call (281) 645-0355 or fill out our online contact form today!