What's the average cost of a mini tummy tuck?
I have some sagging skin and stretch marks in my stomach area which has got me doing my homework on mini tummy tucks. Can anybody tell me the average price of a mini tummy tuck procedure? My excess tummy fat isn't that significant which is why I think I'll only need the "mini" version of it.
The answer is that it depends. Prices for tummy tuck surgery vary by location and the experience level of the plastic surgeon who performs the operation. Whether a mini-tummy tuck is the right approach for your specific situation will depend on the amount of excess skin you have in your lower abdomen.
I suggest that you consult with a few board-certified plastic surgeons in your area. They'll be able to determine the best way for you to address the loose skin around your stomach. The variables that go into the cost of mini-tummy tuck surgery are: the type of anesthesia used (e.g. sedation or general anesthesia), whether it's performed in a hospital or surgery center, the type of surgery performed (mini-tuck or full abdominoplasty), and the experience level of the surgeon. Based on these variables, at our clinic we typically quote patients anywhere from $4,000 to $7,500 for mini-tuck plastic surgery, and a few thousand dollars more than that for a traditional tummy tuck.
A mini tummy tuck is a simplified variation of the full tummy tuck procedure. Both procedures are similar but the incisions made during a mini tummy tuck are smaller and less obtrusive.
Excess skin and excess fat are removed from the abdomen and in most cases the abdominal muscles are tightened with a suture to create a firmer, flatter stomach. While the smaller version of the cosmetic surgery doesn't remove quite as much skin or fat as a full tummy tuck, the procedure can be extremely effective for the right candidates.
The costs associated with a mini tummy tuck include surgery center costs, anesthesia fees, the surgeon's fee, and postoperative care. The average cost can fall anywhere between $6,000 and $9,000 depending in which part of the country you live and on the expertise and experience of the plastic surgeon.
A good candidate for mini tummy tuck plastic surgery is one in good shape but typically has a stubborn amount amount of loose skin or excess fat that diet and exercise alone can’t get rid of. These otherwise fit patients have a small amount of age-related or pregnancy-related laxity in the lower abdominal area, below the belly button.
If you are considering having children in the future, it's advisable to wait until your family is complete before considering tummy tuck surgery.
The mini tummy tuck uses a short horizontal incision, usually below the bikini line. The procedure may involve an incision around the belly button but in most cases it doesn’t.
It may or may not be performed along with liposuction. Overnight stays are usually not necessary, but the procedure can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending on the specifics of your individual case.
Recovery time from a mini tummy tuck is usually much faster than it would be from full tummy tuck surgery.
As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, quality considerations should outweigh minor cost considerations. I would advise you to seek out the most skilled and experienced plastic surgeon rather than the least expensive.
Fees vary from practice to practice based on the physicians expertise, what is involved in the procedure (length of incision) and the geographical location of the practice. $5500 and upwards would be a reasonable "ballpark".
Mini tummy tuck (limited abdominoplasty) involves a shorter incision than the complete tummy tuck, running just above the pubic bone. This technique tightens the abdomen below the belly button and is appropriate for a small number of patients. The recovery period after a mini tuck is usually shorter than for a complete tummy tuck.*
If your concerns are mostly below your belly button, then a mini tuck may suit your needs, but most people get better results from a complete tuck especially if there has been significant stretching of the skin and muscles.
Mini tucks usually are used for patients having relatively moderate skin laxity following liposuction The skin excised under the belly button does not improve any of the skin laxity above the belly button . One way of estimating how much skin you need removed is by banding down than look at and feel the skin above the belly button. Also view yourself by relaxing your tummy and that is going to show how much abdominal wall needs to be "taken in ". Youshould consider liposuction needed to improve your shape I recommend you see a bord certfd plastic surgeon to first find out the type of surgery you need. Good luck to you
That's a difficult question to answer because there's a wide range in prices depending on where you live and depending on the expertise and experience of the cosmetic surgeon.
Another factor that can influence costs is the type of anesthesia used during a mini tummy tuck. While the surgery procedure is often performed under local anesthesia, it can also be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Likewise, if any cosmetic procedure requires an overnight stay (mini tummy tucks typically don't), the average price can run higher.
With that being said, a tummy tuck costs anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000 on average. A traditional tummy tuck usually costs about $1,000 more than a mini tuck.
Most surgical facilities will also provide financing options which allow the surgery cost to be spread across multiple payments.
I can't give you any medical advice without an examination but if you have minimal fat on your lower abdomen and a minimal amount of abdominal skin laxity, then you may be a good candidate for a mini abdominoplasty. It's also important that tummy tuck candidates be at a stable weight within 10 pounds of the weight they can comfortably maintain.
The only way to know which type of tummy tuck surgery is best for you is to schedule an initial consultation. Always remember to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for best results.
The surgical procedure that you settle upon, be that a mini-tuck or full abdominoplasty, along with the location and experience of the plastic surgeon you choose, will be the biggest factors impacting the final price of your surgery. Assuming you are a suitable candidate -- meaning you're in good health and have excess skin in your lower abdomen, between the navel and pubic bone – a mini-tummy tuck alone should bring you the desired results.
At our clinic the average price of a mini tuck is approximately $3500 and a full tuck roughly $7,500, but your best bet is to schedule a personal consultation with one or two board-certified plastic surgeons in your area who ideally specialize in this type of body contouring surgery. After a brief examination he or she will be able to judge if you’re a good candidate for a mini-tuck. In addition to it costing less, another advantage to the mini-tuck is that post-op swelling, bruising, and recovery time are all reduced as well.
If your excess tummy fat isn't particularly significant, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck procedure.
A full abdominoplasty involves an incision which extends from hip to hip across the lower abdomen. It also involves a circumferential scar around the belly button. A mini tummy tuck procedure involves a smaller incision and leaves a shorter scar. In most cases it does not involve a circumferential scar around the belly button.
Full tummy tucks involve muscle tightening in both the upper abdomen and the lower abdomen. Mini tummy tucks tighten just the lower abdomen.
Because the mini tummy tuck is a smaller surgical procedure, the recovery time is shorter and the postoperative recovery is easier.
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck should have only moderate skin laxity following liposuction and very little skin laxity above the belly button. You should also be close as possible to your ideal weight at the time of the surgery and able to maintain that weight easily.
Tummy tuck prices vary from state to state and between individual facilities and clinics. The average cost of a mini tummy tuck in our facility is approximately $6,000 but depends on the specifics of your procedure.
The only way to know which tummy tuck procedure makes the most sense for you is to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. I recommend you do your research carefully to find a surgeon with extensive abdominoplasty experience and an excellent track record of successful procedures.
As with all cosmetic surgery, the skill, experience, and aesthetic judgement of the surgeon should be what matters most.
First of all it would be important to have your abdomen examined by a Board Certified PS to see whether a mini-TT is appropriate for you. Mini-TT are used in very selective patients. The surgical fee varies from state to state and between surgeons. The starting rate in NYC is most ilkely around $6000. Good luck!