Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the stomach area. It is something that is offered by most cosmetic surgery clinics, so it is always a good idea to shop around before you commit to a clinic to make sure you are getting the best deal.
A tummy tuck doesn't sound like it is much of a big deal, but it is actually a serious procedure to undergo and is considered major surgery. In most cases they will be performed on people who have lost a large amount of weight and are left with some "excess baggage" on their stomach, usually in the form of loose skin. It is vital to understand that a tummy tuck is not a short cut to loosing weight. If you are on a weight loss programme and still have a way to go then you should wait until you have reached your goal and your weight has been stable for a couple of months. This way you can be sure you will be getting the most out of your surgery.
The cost of abdominoplasty varies, not only from clinic to clinic but also from patient to patient. The extent of surgery you require will in most cases have an effect on the price. It may be that you only have a small amount of skin that needs removing, therefore your surgery will in most cases be quick and easy. However, if you have large amounts of skin that need removing and muscles that need tightening it will be a long and complex procedure that will cost a lot more. It is not uncommon for surgeons to recommend that some liposuction is carried out at the same time as your tummy tuck, in order to remove and stubborn pockets of fat that may be lingering, so you can have a lovely flat stomach. Again, this will be an additional cost, but this is something that you will be able to discuss with your surgeon at your consultation where the extent of the tuck needed will be assessed, and any additional procedures your surgeon feel may be beneficial to you will be recommended and prices discussed. It is always worth consulting with a couple of clinics so you are sure you are getting a good deal, comparing prices is always a good step, and you will also get a second opinion on the work that needs doing.
Be sure to clarify exactly what the price you are being quoted covered, you want to make sure it covers all aspects of the surgery itself, and any overnight stay that may be required, and any aftecare following your return home. You don't want to find yourself facing extra charges on the day of your surgery, so be sure you understand the tummy tuck prices you are being quoted.