Significant weight loss, age, and pregnancy can leave patients with excess skin and fat deposits on their belly that are difficult to treat with exercise and diet. Many patients look into abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck, to achieve a smoother, more youthful figure. Often, one of the first questions patients ask, is what the cost of the surgery will be. Dr. Lloyd Van Wyck can discuss the factors that may influence the cost of tummy tuck surgery for your unique case at his office in Ottawa, ON.
Tummy Tuck Cost Factors
There are several factors that should be taken into consideration when considering the total cost of a tummy tuck. A significant factor is the specific procedure technique you receive and the scope of the surgery involved. The different types of tummy tuck procedures vary primarily in the amount of liposuction required and extensiveness of tissue being removed. A mini abdominoplasty involves only the lower abdomen and is lower in cost. A standard tuck includes the entire abdomen and involves repositioning a greater area of skin, and often the belly button. The standard tuck falls in the middle of the price range. An extended tuck addresses the full abdomen as well as the outer waist area, or “love handles”, and is typically higher in price.
You will also need to take into consideration the anesthesiologist and surgical facility fees. Most surgeries require either local or general anesthesia to be administered by an anesthesiologist or nurse. Anesthesiologist fees can vary. The geographical location of your surgery can also affect your facility fees. Facilities located in cities with a higher cost of living tend to have higher fees.
Balancing the Cost
Many patients choose to undergo multiple procedures at the same time to lower overall costs. Tummy tuck surgery can often be combined with further liposuction, breast surgeries, arm lifts, and facial surgeries. Combining procedures can lower total costs because of less overall surgery time, anesthesia, and recovery time required.
After your tummy tuck, you may find that it is easier to move and exercise. Additionally, you can experience improvements to your overall appearance and a significant boost in your self-confidence.
If body contouring is deemed medically necessary, you may qualify for coverage by your provincial healthcare plan. Patients with excess skin that leads to irritation, rashes, or infections, and other concerns such as backaches, typically qualify for coverage. In some cases, only part of the cost may be covered, so you will want to find out in advance what costs you will be responsible for. If your tummy tuck is for cosmetic reasons, all of the costs will be out of pocket.
An Investment in Confidence
Whether your tummy tuck procedure is medically necessary or is purely cosmetic, it is important to view the procedure as an investment in your health and appearance. After your tummy tuck, you may find that it is easier to move and exercise. Your abilities to go about daily tasks can be easier. Additionally, you can experience improvements to your overall appearance and a significant boost in your self-confidence.