The Average Price for a Tummy Tuck

The average price for a tummy tuck may not be quite as average as you think. The cost of this popular cosmetic surgery is fairly consistent across the US, but it will cost more depending on where you live, especially if you live in the New York City area, and will also vary according to which surgeon performs the procedure as well as the type of procedure you have performed.

A tummy tuck can help tighten loose skin as well as tighten your inner girdle, called the fascia. The fascia is a structure between the muscles and the fat in your abdomen. It helps to hold the contents of your abdomen tight. When the inner girdle, or fascia, is stretched, such as during pregnancy, it does not bounce back to its original shape. This is part of what makes it so difficult to get back into shape once you've gained a significant amount of weight.

Many times a tummy tuck is combined with other procedures, such as a breast augmentation or liposuction. If you have a significant amount of body fat, a tummy tuck alone will not solve all your weight issues. If your surgeon also suggests you have abdominal liposuction to remove the excess fat, it should be a separate procedure from the tummy tuck to minimize the trauma and allow proper healing. These additional procedures will obviously increase the average price of a tummy tuck. When you are researching tummy tuck prices, be sure to ask if the price includes all costs, including the anesthesia fee, the operating room fee, the surgeon's fee and all related costs. Some places may only quote you the surgeon's fee and obviously, the total cost will be higher when all fees are included.

The average price of a tummy tuck is between $5,000 and $9,000. While you will find prices both higher and lower than this range, you can expect to pay somewhere between these amounts and know that you are within an acceptable range.

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