The typical cost for a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania can range from $5,000 - $13,000.
This price variation is based on calculations published on Realself. A few of the variables that determine costs of a procedure will vary by surgeon, geographic region and complexity of the procedure.
TIPS to consider while calculating costs associated with Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) near Pittsburgh, PA:
When undergoing a Tummy Tuck, there are various elements that may change the price of the procedure.
- Complexity of the procedure:
There are 3 different types of tummy tucks, that are used to improve the shape of the abdomen. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the surgical time will increase, making the anesthesia, operative room fees, and surgeons fees higher. Sometimes, more than just a tummy tuck alone will be recommended. Liposuction may be added to the tummy tuck to obtain the desired outcome.
-A mini-tummy tuck only addresses the bottom portion of the abdomen.
-A full tummy tuck, will address the whole abdomen.
-A Fleur-de-Lis tummy tuck, removes excess skin in the middle of the abdomen, giving you a T shaped scar. This is reserved for patients who have lost significant weight.
For more details visit our tummy tuck overview page.
- Facility fees:
Outpatient surgery centers are usually more cost effective compared to hospitals. If the surgeon owns their surgery center, they are likely to have more control of the pricing. Make sure that that facility is certified by the state or by a AAAAF. If the facility is not certified, it is unlikely that general anesthesia will be offered at this location. For a tummy tuck, this means that the actual procedure being offered is a mini tummy tuck and the abdominal muscles will not be tightened. This practice may eventually lead to an undesired outcome.
- Type of anesthesia offered:
Anesthesia is another important component of every surgical procedure. A qualified and experienced anesthesia provider can be the difference between a great surgical experience and a terrible one. Some reasons that surgeons may not have access to certified anesthesia providers are:
-She/he is not certified by the board of plastic surgery (click here to see if your provider is board certified);
-Her/his facility is not an accredited surgery center;
-She/he is trying to promote more business and lower cost procedures by removing the anesthesia provider costs;
-She/he will be performing a mini tummy tuck without addressing the muscles.
- Who is your Doctor?
Another important component to investigate is who the surgeon is? Please, do your homework and read reviews. Go to our page with guidelines to find your top plastic surgeon.
- Board certification:
Many surgeons are NOT plastic surgeons. The most important thing any prospective surgical patient can do is to educate themselves. This includes investigating the surgeon’s background, education and accreditation, as well as the facility where the surgery will be performed. Please confirm the surgeon IS a board certified plastic surgeon. Not being board certified prevents having privileges at hospitals and/or accredited surgical facilities. click here to see if your provider is board certified.
- Plastic surgery tourism to save on cost:
Plastic surgery tourism has become a very viable way of obtaining very low fees for procedures that are costly in the US. However, the CDC has started an alert campaign to make consumers aware of its dangers. For more details, click the CDC website on this topic.
When considering having a surgical procedure in a distant location the most important economic issues to consider are:
-Travel fees including airfare, hotel, ground transportation and food should be included into the cost of the procedure.
-What is the protocol following surgery? Will the patient be expected to return for follow-up visits? How will post-procedure complications/concerns be handled? If there is a serious complication, does the surgeon have privileges at a hospital for admissions?
-Remember that time off from work is also a cost that patients do not consider when traveling abroad.
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Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez has built his plastic surgery practice by treating his patients like family. To learn more about the cost of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery, please call us at (412) 638-2391 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.