Costs and Procedure Fees for Abdominoplasty

The costs for an abdominoplasty procedure (a tummy tuck) vary significantly between surgeons, medical facilities, and regions of the country. Tummy tuck costs also vary depending on how extensive your surgery is. A full tummy tuck costs more than a mini-tummy tuck or a dermolipectomy. People who need additional or more extensive surgery will require more intensive and expensive treatment, which only makes sense.

However, if the procedure is done in a hospital, surgery charges are usually separated into five parts:

  1. The surgeon's fee
  2. The anesthesiologist's fee
  3. Hospital charges, which includes nursing care and the use of the operating room
  4. Medications (antibiotics, topical medications, dressings)
  5. Any additional charges

If your surgery is taking place in a freestanding surgical center or in an operating room in your surgeon's office, some of those same charges may apply.

Sometimes, you may be quoted a single price for an abdominoplasty by a surgeon's office. This may or may not include the costs of anesthesia, hospital or surgery center charges, or medications. Ask what the fee covers and get that information in writing.

You may be asked to have several tests done before your tummy tuck surgery, including blood tests, a chest x-ray, and a electrocardiogram. These usually cost extra.

If you need to stay in a hospital overnight, there are the fees for the hospital room and ongoing nursing care and medications. You may need to stay one to two days in the hospital for a full abdominoplasty.

Your health insurance will not pay for the costs of any procedure done for strictly cosmetic reasons. However, if you need abdominoplasty because of a hernia or due to serious looseness of the abdominal muscles and tissues, you may be covered, at least in part. Contact your health insurance company.

Average Tummy Tuck Costs:
Full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck): $5,000 to $9,000
Abdominal liposuction only: $2,400 to $4,000