Lots of people are having tummy tuck surgery performed on them in order to enhance their image, which generally leads to healthier self-esteem and confidence. Lots people will credit their tummy tuck operation for their improved quality of life.
In 2010, 116,352 Tummy Tucks was performed and it was the 5th top performed, invasive cosmetic surgery procedure, according to ASPS, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2011 that number was roughly the same with 150,902 Tummy Tucks performed in the US. Tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that aims at removing extra skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. It also aims at tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Cost of a Tummy Tuck
The national average surgeon/physician fees in 2011 was according to ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery); $5,279 & according to ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons); $5,130. This does not include costs for surgical facility, anesthesia, medical tests, prescriptions, surgical garments or other miscellaneous fees. An estimate of the total national average cost for a Tummy Tuck in 2011 is around $6,300.
Most people who undergo this operation are men or women who are in relatively good shape but upset about a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that can't be removed through normal means of diet or exercise. Abdominoplasty is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where it can "snap" back.
Tummy Tuck - 5th Most Popular Procedure in 2011
Close to 116,000 tummy tuck procedures were performed in the US in 2011, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and tummy tuck operations are the 5th most popular plastic surgery procedure. These type of plastic surgery has not shown the highest rate of increase over the past 3 years. The number of procedures in 2010 was only 1% more than in 2009. 2011 compared to 2010 was +-0%. Tummy tucks is the 5th most popular cosmetic surgical procedure for women in 2011. In 2011 111,000 women in the US had a Tummy Tuck performed.
One of the most significant factors for people who are thinking about undergoing this cosmetic procedure is the actual cost of tummy tuck operation.
Average Cost of a Tummy Tuck
According to cost data supplied by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the national average for surgeon fees, relative to abdominoplasty surgery, is approximately $5,279 in 2011. Factors that vary into the cost of surgery include the location of surgical practice, whether it is an urban, suburban, or rural area will influence the cost. Also, surgeon fees, with the most reputable surgeons generally charging more.
Other costs include medical tests that have to be conducted before tummy tuck surgery to evaluate the patient's condition. Since tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure anesthesiologist fees have to also be included in the cost. Additionally there are things like operating room fees. For example, overnight stay at a hospital or the surgeon's facilities will increase the cost.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The various costs associated with tummy tuck differs and range from $3000 to $8500. An estimate of the total national average cost for a Tummy Tuck in 2010 is around $6,300. The cost of surgery depends on the excess of the skin that has to be removed and generally, the complexity of the surgical sculpture.
With tummy tucks most patients will not require overnight stays unless the surgery is extensive or is conducted in conjunction with another surgical procedure such as a hernia or gastric bypass operations. There are also costs associated with post-surgery such as medical prescriptions and compression garments.
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