We receive a lot of questions from people about tummy tucks. Every so often, a patient who needs a tummy tuck is turned off by the scars or the possibility of extended recovery times.
Eventually, the discussion turns to the possibility of a mini tummy tuck.
Unlike a full tummy tuck, which requires a full bikini line incision to remove large amounts of fat and loose, abdominal skin, a mini tummy tuck only removes a small amount of extra, loose skin through a limited bikini line incision. When deemed appropriate, the abdominal muscles below the belly button may be tightened.
In most cases, a mini tummy tuck doesn’t require an incision above the belly button.
The smaller scars and the lesser invasiveness of the mini tummy tuck make it an attractive procedure for a lot of people, and the number one question on their mind is usually, "How much it will cost?"
How Much Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Cost?
A solid understanding of the different factors that can impact the cost of your mini-tummy tuck is a great way to alleviate your concerns about financing your plastic surgery.
In a nutshell, the average cost of a mini tummy tuck in San Francisco is between $6,000 - $12,000.
As for factors that will impact the amount you will shell out for your mini tummy tuck, you have to consider the following:
- Degree of muscle repair, skin removal, and liposuction required
- Plastic surgeon expertise and reputation
- Advanced technology or techniques
- Geographical location
- Surgical facility
- Choice of anesthesia
Degree of Muscle Repair, Skin Removal, and Liposuction Required
The extent of your mini-tummy tuck is a primary driver of its cost. When we talk about the extent, we're usually referring to:
- The degree of muscle repair to be done
- The amount of skin removal required
- The specific results that you want to accomplish. The more extensive or thorough the change you want want to see, the higher the cost.
Plastic surgeon expertise and reputation
As you shop around for mini-tummy tuck pricing, you’ll notice that plastic surgeons have different rates for the same type of surgery. Often, surgeons with more experience charge more than their less skilled and inexperienced counterparts.
Sure, choosing a less experienced surgeon may give your finances a breather but consider the long-term ramifications. There’s a huge chance that it could cost you more in the long run when complications arise. You may have to spend even more on revision surgery.
Like all types of plastic surgery, you want to get the procedure done right the first time. Working with an experienced plastic surgeon is the most sensible way to accomplish this goal. If it seems like you’re getting a bargain, chances are your outcomes won’t be as gratifying as those performed by surgeons who have mastered their craft.
Advanced Technologies and Surgical Techniques
Find a plastic surgeon who makes use of advanced procedures and technologies. Besides the greater likelihood of patient satisfaction, working with a surgeon who employs the newest technologies means your safety is their highest priority.
By and large, plastic surgery tends to be less expensive in areas with low costs of living. For instance, the cost of living in San Francisco is relatively high than other cities in the country. This means it can cost more to operate a plastic surgery practice. Thus, expect that your mini-tummy tuck in San Francisco will be higher than the national average.
Higher costs may be initially discouraging. However, keep in mind that elite areas like San Francisco and New York are home to the best plastic surgeons, not only in the U.S. but the world as well.
Choice of Anesthesia
Your choice of anesthesia can also influence the total bill for your mini-tummy tuck. While some procedures require local anesthesia, you may have to choose between general anesthesia or intravenous sedation when undergoing a mini-tummy tuck. In a nutshell, your choice of anesthesia depends on the extent of the area to be treated.
Additional Mini-Tummy Tuck Costs
Additional charges may include:
- Operating room fees (if applicable)
- Other facility fees
- Aftercare, including prescription medications and recovery garments
- Lab tests before and after surgery
The best mini-tummy tuck outcomes are the result of well-informed decisions. At 77 Plastic Surgery, we believe that well-informed decisions are made when the surgeon and staff are committed to helping patients understand everything about the procedure including costs. Furthermore, we do not encourage hidden fees, and are as transparent as possible.
Financing Options for a Mini-Tummy Tuck
If you’re still uncomfortable with the idea of paying for your own mini-tummy tuck in full, remember that you’re not alone. Every plastic surgery practice talks to patients like you every day, and these patients have mixed feelings about financing their surgery too.
There are plenty of financing options available. At our San Francisco practice, we will help you find the most feasible option for you.
Ready to Plan for Your Mini-Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is for you if:
- Your localized excess skin and/or fat is found between your belly button and the pubic area
- You are slender and close to or at your ideal body weight
- You are in overall good health
It’s worth noting that only a small percentage of patients are good candidates for a mini tummy tuck and majority requires a full tummy tuck for a flatter belly and a narrower waist.
The 77 Plastic Surgery Learning Center can be informative regarding a tummy tuck. However, online resources are not a substitute for a comprehensive in-office discussion and physical assessment with a reputable board-certified plastic surgeon.
No two surgeries are the same. During your personal consultation, a well-versed tummy tuck surgeon like Dr. Larry Fan can come up with a personalized treatment plan and advised you of the right financing options possible too.