What is a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a loose, sagging or protruding abdomen. A tummy tuck removes excess sagging skin and fat and tightens the underlying muscles. Areas to be treated include the lower abdomen and may extend around the sides and all the way to the rib cage and pubic bone. The result is a profile that is smoother and firmer.
Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
- Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You do not smoke
- You can afford the $8,000 surgeon and hospital fees as a tummy tuck is not covered by insurance
Paying for a Tummy Tuck
The price of tummy tuck surgery may include:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Post-surgery garments, and
- Medical tests
Many plastic surgeons offer financing plans to help patients cover the cost of abdominoplasty surgery, so be sure to ask.
In some cases, the patient’s medical insurance may cover a portion of the cost of a tummy tuck, specifically the insurance may cover a panniculectomy to remove the overhang (sometimes called an "apron") of skin and fat that in some people hangs over the pubic area. A panniculectomy does not tighten up the abdominal muscles nor does it address any loose skin or excess fat of the upper abdominal area.
The procedure must be medically necessary for the medical insurance to cover part of the cost of surgery. Certain criteria must be met for the procedure to be deemed medically necessary. Medical necessity might include significant recurrent rashes, chaffing, and infection from the skin rubbing up against the skin, or some other health condition that cannot be managed otherwise.
A tummy tuck is considered cosmetic in nature and is never covered by insurance.
What to Expect from a Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.
Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin are removed.
A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.
Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.