The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can be a wonderful solution to a saggy tummy or those few extra pounds. Although a lot of new procedures have popped up in the last few years, the tummy tuck remains a tried and true favorite. Patients looking forward to a tummy tuck have a lot of questions, but the question we hear the most is “how much is my tummy tuck going to cost?”
It’s no secret that the tummy tuck can range in price from around $3000 to $1200 or more in Los Angeles area, but what determines these costs is what patients really need to know when choosing a surgeon or medical group to perform their tummy tuck. Unfortunately there is no way to answer this question explicitly because of the extensive number of variables involved.
How Is The Price Determined?
The number of variables that go into determining the price of a tummy tuck from a given provider include things such as the expertise of the surgeon, the expertise of the staff, the location of the practice, the quality of the facilities and operating room equipment, the difficulty of the surgery based on the size and health of the patient and how much fat is being removed.
The expertise and education of the surgeon and the staff will have an impact on the price. Obviously a doctor who graduated from Harvard will feel pressured to charge more than a doctor who graduated from a less reputable institution. Likewise a well-trained staff will ask for higher wages per their time than a staff that trained at a nursing or medical trade school. It is important to know that your surgeon and staff are well trained and proficient. They are your lifeline while you are in surgery and under anesthesia.
Location is one of the biggest factors in determining the cost of a procedure. Surgeons and cosmetic practitioners are forced to keep up with market norms. If a surgeon moves into Beverly Hills offering mini tummy tucks for $2500 when all of the surrounding surgeons are offering mini tummy tucks for much more, potential patients will assume there is something fishy in the works. Part of the cost of location includes property fees, a doctor in Beverly Hills must pay far more for a state of the art facility that is expected of businesses in the area than would be necessary of a similar practice in downtown. A Beverly Hills or Los Angeles provider must offer the highest quality staff, facilities, equipment and experience if they wish to remain competitive in the area.
Finally the patient’s health will come into play. Patients who ask for extensive tummy tuck procedures are essentially asking for longer and more complicated procedures. Longer procedures are necessary to remove larger amounts of fatty tissue and reposition skin and surgeons and staff must to pay careful attention to patients’ health while they are in surgery and under anesthesia. A mini tummy tuck is going to cost much less than an extended tummy tuck for exactly these reasons.
How To Get A Solid Figure
When you see all of the variables laid out you start to understand why you can’t stick a pin in a solid figure. Your best bet is to make an appointment and visit a cosmetic surgery provider for a personal consultation. They will be able to give you the most accurate quote based on your assessment and your goals as well as being able to provide a wealth of information on variables you may not even have considered.