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Tummy Tuck Cost, Overview and Before and After

Updated on September 18, 2012

The Tummy Tuck

Thinking of getting a tummy tuck, concerned about tummy tuck costs and procedures? Look no further! This article is an uncompromising and honest overview of what to expect from this popular cosmetic surgery.

The tummy tuck, or less colloquially an “Abdominoplasty”, is a surgical procedure which aims to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen in order to make it firmer. There are varying degrees of surgery that can be performed; from a mini-tummy tuck to combining the operation with liposuction, breast reduction (for those suffering from Gynecomastia) and a breast lift. As a consequence, tummy tuck costs can also vary greatly (more on this at the end of the article).

What To Expect

An abdominoplasty (whether full or partial) is an operation performed under general anesthetic, and thus subject to risk like any other surgical procedure. You will need to be fully screen by a doctor before the operation, including an evaluation of your medical history, medications and current state of health. In general, however, most people will find that they qualify. Even if you do qualify, make sure you are aware of tummy tuck risks and potential side-effects. These include:

  • General Anesthesia complications
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Nerve damage
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Visible scars
  • Asymmetry
  • Pain

Note: This is not an exhaustive list! For a comprehensive list of side-effects it is generally recommended to ask your doctor, who will give you a personalized breakdown of what to expect based on your personal history and status.

Not for the squeamish!

Tummy Tuck Operation and Post-Procedure

During surgery the surgeon will perform an incision that runs from hip-to-hip just above the pubic hairline, and excess fat and skin will be removed while separated abdominal muscles will be stitched together. For more information please follow this tummy tuck link to learn more about the procedure itself.

After the procedure expect some discomfort for several days. You will probably be prescribed a form of pain medication and told not to put pressure on the abdomen. An elastic support is usually provided to ease the pain and release pressure and will be worn for a couple of weeks. Your hospital stay, save complications should not exceed a handful of days and you can realistically return to work within a month!

About The Scars...

At first, your scars may seem frightful, but you can expect them to dim, flatten and discolor over 3-6 months. Bear in mind that swelling, fluid accumulation and bruising, while rare, can occur. These complications can be addressed and rarely last very long, the best way to deal with them is to refrain from trumping the healing process by smoking, taking certain drugs (notable Aspirin), avoiding direct sunlight on the wound.

Tummy Tuck Cost

In the main, depending on the nature of your abdominoplasty expect to pay anything between $3000 and $20,000 for the procedure. Your best bet is to find a cosmetic surgeon and ask them to help you get exactly what you want at an agreeable price.

The purpose and aim of this article is not to sell you anything, so I advise doing some online and offline research. I have added a few good starting points in the capsule to the right.

Prognosis and Conclusion

Despite the often frightful facets and images that surround cosmetic surgery, tummy tucks are largely successful and have exceeded the expectations of many people around the world. I hope you enjoyed this article, or at the very least you have a clearer idea of what to expect. If you do opt to go through with it I wish you the very best of luck! Feel free to leave me any comments, suggestions or flat-out criticism in the comments section below and I'll make the appropriate changes or remarks ;)

Thank you for dropping by!


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      SarahBodo 6 years ago

      I have always wanted a tummy tuck combined with breast augmentation, but I am really afraid of going for that knife. I am still weighing options, but I see myself hitting the gym.

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice hub which is well presented.

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      EBAY_SOURCERER 7 years ago

      My sister has considered surgery for a long time, she was advised to loose some weight first. Within this time she actually changed her mind and lost the weight with frequent gym visits and a healthier diet as well as being more active in general. Hula hoop for firm abs.

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      manhatten145 7 years ago

      Hey if I can get the work done without paying a cent I am up for it. Sorry Sherry about your story I do wish you the best!

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks for the feedback Sherry, as sad as your story is, it is important for people to read! Thanks again!

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      sherry 7 years ago

      I had a tummy tuck done approximately 7 months ago and i had a very bad experience one week after the surgery. I ended up with blood clots on both legs and an emergency surgery had to be done to stop the blood clot from going to the heart. i was put on blood thinners for six months and my legs are very painful once i move around for over one hour. my tummy is fat and round,i have no waist and i now have love handles. SAD.

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      hotty 7 years ago

      I had a tummy tuck and breast augmentation and full liposuction in Bolivia, I went with SensualBodydream a medical tourism agency located in Santa Cruz (in Bolivia). I paid $7,000 for my body transformation.

      This procedure I the United States would cost me around $30,000. I am 1 year post-op from my surgery and I am amazed with the results and impressed with all of the care I've received from my surgeon and his staff.

      My tummy and breast look fantastic and I know I am worth the investment. Actually, you can't put a price on this feeling. I can't wait to see my final results!

      Plastic surgery in Bolivia is cheaper because the cost of living in latin america and also the infrastructure costs are much cheaper than in the US. It is much cheaper for a skilled surgeons to set up a state-of-the-art plastic surgery clinic than it would be in many other countries of the world. There is no question that Bolivian, brazilian or colombian surgeons are the equal to professionals anywhere else in the world; however, simply by getting on a low-cost flight, it is possible to get a level of surgery you could possibly never have afforded at home.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Ouch! I think I'd rather crunch it out at the gym.