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Tummy Tuck Costs: Can I Afford Abdominoplasty?

Posted on Jul 25, 2023 Body Contouring, Tummy Tuck

According to 2022 statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)*, a tummy tuck — also known as “abdominoplasty” — is the fourth most popular cosmetic procedure in the country. This cutting-edge body contouring surgery has helped countless men and women reshape their abdomen and gain a leaner, more sculpted figure after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. As a major aesthetic procedure with the potential for life-changing results, many patients wonder what factors may influence the cost of a tummy tuck. If you’re considering abdominoplasty to smooth, tighten, and slim the belly, Dr. David Bottger — a board-certified plastic surgeon in Philadelphia named “Top Doctor” by Philadelphia magazine — has provided a brief overview of how costs are broken down during the abdominoplasty process and what patients can expect in their personalized quote.

What Factors Affect Tummy Tuck Costs?

The price of a tummy tuck is assessed according to several factors, including the unique details of a patient’s treatment plan, your geographic location, and the experience of an aesthetic plastic surgeon. During the research process, it’s essential to remember that the procedure is an investment into your life, confidence, and future — be wary of cheap or unrealistic tummy tuck quotes, as an unlikely cost estimate can be indicative of substandard results.

The average cost of a tummy tuck in Philadelphia is around $13,040 depending on the complexity of each patient’s needs. If adjunctive procedures, such as liposuction, are necessary to achieve your goals, your cost estimate may be relatively higher. The price range for abdominoplasty generally includes fees for:

The most pivotal thing to remember when evaluating tummy tuck costs is to always choose an honest, well-qualified plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It’s in the best interest of your health, safety, and appearance to select a highly experienced tummy tuck surgeon, rather than the provider who offers the cheapest quote.

Does Insurance Cover a Tummy Tuck?

No, insurance does not usually cover a tummy tuck since the procedure is considered a cosmetic surgery. If you have significant excess skin on the belly causing chafing or irritation, you may be able to treat your concerns with a panniculectomy — a procedure designed to remove hanging tissue for medical or functional reasons. A panniculectomy may or may not be eligible for insurance coverage, and Dr. Bottger would be happy to advise you on the best treatment option(s) to address your needs.

How Can I Finance My Tummy Tuck?

Our practice works with CareCredit® to make tummy tuck costs more affordable for Philadelphia patients. This reputable and trusted healthcare lending company offers qualified patients a range of plastic surgery financing payment plans to help them proceed with the tummy tuck process while accommodating any budgetary needs.


Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on Feb 19, 2018.