If you have been exploring your options for cosmetic plastic surgery, you may have asked, “what does a tummy tuck cost?” Tummy tucks are some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available. For both men and women, they are incredibly successfully in improving the flatness and muscle tone of the abdominal region. If you think this might be an ideal surgery for you, here is some helpful information about cost, the nature of the procedure, and ways to help you afford it.The Average Price of the Procedure: Why Is It So Expensive?A tummy tuck is a legitimate medical undertaking, and it is not cheap. The average tummy tuck in recent years costs about $5,000. This of course does not include any of the following additional expenses:
Operating room fees
Post-surgery materials such as girdles
Wages lost due to time off work
The “why” question is not so easy to answer. This is the current market price for this kind of elective medical work. And many, many people are willing to pay it. Abdominoplasty consistently ranks among the most commonly performed procedures in the country.Is This Work Ever Covered by Insurance?
Practically speaking, no. This is not something covered by insurance. In general, insurance companies see cosmetic work as medically unnecessary, and except in instances of accident or trauma recovery, they hardly ever pay for it. There is one notable exception, however, which only applies to the abdominoplasty specifically. If the patient suffers from a hernia, and the hernia is removed by the doctor during surgery, the procedure may be covered by insurance. Again this is rare, and the majority of patients should not count on any support from their insurance provider.