Is the Scar From A Tummy Tuck Worth It?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was looking at the tummy tuck pictures and was interested. I looked again the next day and I was able to get a closer look and the scars are very big. I have decided I’m going to try and go to a center for weight loss and see how that works first. Approximately, how much does a tummy tuck with flank liposuction cost?

A: While a full tummy tuck will solve the problem in a manner otherwise not achievable, the ‘price’ to be paid for it is the trade-off of the a long horizontal scar. While very effective, you have to be certain that this aesthetic trade-off is worth it to you. That is why I could not agree more that you pursue every non-surgical option first and only consider surgery when you have become convinced that all other methods are not achieving what you want. Much of plastic surgery is about trading one problem for another, you just have to be certain that the other ‘problem’ is more acceptable that what you have now. In the case of a full tummy tuck that aesthetic trade-off is the scar. The approximate total cost of a full tummy tuck with flank liposuction, which is what you ideally need, is around $8500 all costs included.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana