If you feel like you’re stuck with excess skin around your lower stomach area, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Getting rid of that extra tummy fat is a dream for many–whether you’ve lost a lot of weight, recently had a baby, or have a stomach that sticks out further than you like. But how much does one cost, and will insurance cover it?
When it comes to your tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty), there are a few basics that you can expect during your procedure. This surgery includes:
- Removing excess skin
- Lipo-sculpting the abdomen and flanks
- Tightening abdominal muscles
If you don’t need all three of these, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck includes tightening your abdominal muscles without repairing muscle or performing liposuction. A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the best way to determine which surgery is best for you. Don’t be afraid to come to your consultation with lots of questions. That’s the purpose of a consultation!
While any surgery includes a recovery period with some pain, you’ll find that most surgeons strive to reduce your pain as much as possible by using a numbing agent formulated for abdominoplasty. The numbing agent will help reduce your pain during the first three days following your surgery.
Abdominoplasty tightens and reshapes the abdominal area, which eliminates sagging skin. It also fixes your belly if it’s hanging out and tones your muscles. Abdominoplasty isn’t usually considered medically necessary, so it’s generally an elective procedure.
Most insurance companies won’t cover elective surgeries unless you prove that you need the surgery. For example, abdominoplasty may be necessary if you’re suffering from hygiene issues or getting ulcers. Sometimes abdominoplasty will include additional procedures, like an epigastric, umbilical, ventral, or incisional hernia. If this is the case, your insurance may cover the hernia repair but not the rest of the surgery.
The cost of an abdominoplasty can vary widely. On top of the actual procedure, there may also be additional fees associated with your surgery, like anesthesia. Additionally, costs can extend beyond the surgery. Your insurance might cover part or all of your surgery, but you’ll also need to take time off work, which could mean losing money. Your job might pay you for some but not all of your time off. The recovery period for abdominoplasty is four to six weeks. You will want to talk to your surgeon about pricing and then calculate how much money you’ll lose to determine if you can afford abdominoplasty.
Located in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Vincent Surgical Arts has performed tummy tucks for years. Contact us if you need help paying for yours. We’ve partnered with Key Bank, Zions Bank, and Care Credit to provide financing options for your surgery. Our partnership with Key Bank includes 0% APR for the first 15 months with their Latitude MasterCard. You can schedule a consultation with us if you need help.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Vincent Surgical Arts if you have any questions or concerns. Our consultation serves that very purpose.