Body contouring is a passion of mine. I love how it can transform a patient’s entire body, sometimes with a single procedure. A tummy tuck is a great example. By removing extra fat around your middle, and excising any loose skin, I can re-sculpt your torso so that your waist appears smaller, your abdomen looks longer and leaner, and your silhouette becomes more harmonized. But it is a big procedure that requires general anesthesia as well as more hours in the operating room. This translates into a higher price tag than what you’ll see with other body contouring procedures. However, it’s important to weigh the overall cost versus the kind of result that you can achieve. I have always been cost conscious and respectful of patients resources. I understand that my Boston area patients work hard, and I’m extremely honest about what you can expect your final bill to be. But cost is more than just a number so, when patients ask: “How expensive is a tummy tuck?”, these are the points that I want you to consider.
Tummy Tuck is a One-and-Done Procedure
A dissatisfaction with the appearance of the abdominal region is one of the top reasons why patients come in to see me. Excess fat around the middle is a problem area for both men and women of all ages. However, women, in particular, can struggle to achieve the long, lean torso that they desire as:
- Breast Feeding
- Hormone Fluctuations
These may all adversely affect the appearance of your abdominal region. And while patients definitely love the idea of a non-surgical approach with little downtime such as a SculpSure® or Coolsculpting® procedure, both require multiple sessions, spaced 6-8 weeks apart, in order to achieve your final result. These procedures also only address the excess fat in the abdominal area outside of your abdomen — not intra-abdominal fat and not loose skin. A tummy tuck, on the other hand, is a one-and-done procedure. Furthermore, as long as your weight stays stable, your results are long-lasting.
Tummy Tuck Can Lift Loose Skin
Here’s another thing to consider when deciding on whether or not the cost of a tummy tuck is worth it. A dissatisfaction with the appearance of your mid-section is typically due to more than just excess fat. It’s also about skin laxity. This is particularly true for women who’ve had multiple children and/or gained and lost over 10 lbs.. Both of these, as well as hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy and age, can weaken your skin’s underlying structure, causing it to sag. And when the skin is lax, it makes any excess fat even more apparent. With an abdominoplasty, I am able to address all of the underlying issues with one procedure as a tummy tuck can lift loose skin as well as reduce excess fat.
Restore Proper Proportion with a Tummy Tuck
Perhaps the most important advantage to think about when weighing the cost of a tummy tuck in Boston is that it allows me the most access in order to restore proper proportion to your body. I often refer to what I do as body sculpting. It’s not just about removing fat. It’s about removing the exact right amount of fat in the exact right place in order to create the ideal peaks and valleys for your individual torso. This is what delivers such a “wow” result as the human eye is hard wired to perceive harmony as being more:
So while a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia and downtime for recovery, it also has the ability to alter the appearance of your entire torso at once. In short, it delivers a lot of bang for your buck.
How Expensive is a Tummy Tuck?
The TOTAL cost of a tummy tuck in one of my Boston area surgical centers is going to run anywhere between $17,000 and $19,000. The final cost is going to depend on the amount of work that needs to be done, as more work equals more time in the OR, and whether or not I will also need to perform liposuction on your back, hips and/or flanks. During your initial body contouring consultation, I will examine your torso carefully in order to assess your:
- Skin Tone & Texture
- Degree & Location of Excess Fat
- Skin Laxity
Armed with this information, I will be able to give you a good idea of what it will take to achieve your realistic dream body as well as the final price tag for your tummy tuck. Although this is a procedure with a more intense recovery, most patients will tell you that the results are definitely worth it. To find out more about a tummy tuck, or any other surgical or non-surgical procedure with Dr. Sean Doherty at his Boston or Brookline office, contact us today or call (617) 450.0070 to schedule a consultation.