Abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, is surgery that tightens and flattens the midsection for a more attractive body contour. While the procedure offers dramatic results for the right patient, some shy away from the operation due to the investment of time and money if it entails. While a tummy tuck is a commitment, preparing for the cost is one of the best ways to make this procedure as affordable as possible. To help you in your preparations, My Cosmetic Clinic has a few of the variables to consider as you calculate the final cost of your procedure.
Tallying the Cost
When you are estimating the cost of your tummy tuck, there are a few different factors that need to be added to the total: Surgeon fees Cost of hospital or operating suite Anesthetist’s fees Consultation and follow-up appointments Compression garments after surgery Prescription for medications (antibiotics, painkillers, etc.)
Dr. Ansari and the staff at My Cosmetic Clinic will go over all the costs of your tummy tuck before your surgery, so you know just what to expect and can plan for the financial aspect of your procedure.
Level of Correction
A tummy tuck is not a one-size-fits-all surgery since patients require varying degrees of correction. Dr. Ansari offers different techniques for his procedures to ensure each treatment is tailored to the precise needs of his patient. A mini-tummy tuck is primarily used to remove mild to moderate excess skin to create a smoother abdominal contour. This procedure does not take as much time to perform and is typically less expensive. However, a mini-tummy tuck doesn’t deal with the excess fat or tighten the separated muscles.
A full tummy tuck combines removal of loose skin with tightening of the abdominal muscles and underlying tissue to create a more dramatic result. It may also involve the relocation of the belly button to a higher and aesthetically pleasing position. This procedure involves a longer incision and is usually performed under general anesthesia. Most tummy tuck procedures at My Cosmetic Clinic are performed as day surgery. A full tummy tuck costs more for these reasons, but those that invest in the procedure see positive results that are both intense and long-lasting.
A tummy tuck may be performed alone, but it is more common to combine this procedure with liposuction to achieve the best possible outcome. Dr. Ansari almost always includes a liposuction technique with a tummy tuck to produce optimal results. This additional process should be taken into account when calculating the cost of the operation, which will vary depending on the specific liposuction procedure used. Most patients find the enhanced appearance afterward is well worth the additional expense.
Patients often want to know if insurance will help to pay the costs of a tummy tuck. Medicare will not cover any of the costs of the surgery if it is not medically necessary – and most tummy tucks are performed for purely cosmetic reasons. Although it is not a common practice, your private insurance fund may handle some of the costs, such as the hospital and surgeon’s fees. Before scheduling surgery, check with your insurance fund to find out what is covered and what is not.
While a tummy tuck is comparatively an expensive operation, the results you can achieve is usually well worth the investment. To learn more about your tummy tuck options, contact My Cosmetic Clinic today at 1300 85 49 89.