Q: Dr. Eppley, I am looking into on behalf of my fiancé a tummy tuck. She has had two babies and has a bit of loose skin on her stomach that really gets to her. She wants it removed along with the stretch marks. We are just wondering roughly how much this would cost?
A: There are numerous types of tummy tucks based on the length of the incision, how large a segment of skin and fat is removed and whether it includes liposuction of areas beyond that of the excisional tissue removal. These different types of tummy tucks involve variable amounts of time to perform and this will affect the overall costs of the procedure. This creates a potential range of tummy tuck costs anywhere from $4500 to $8500. Obviously the bigger the type of tummy tuck needed the longer it takes to perform and the more it will cost.
Stretch marks will only be removed if they lie within the zone of tissue excision. Since the vast majority of stretch marks usually emanate in a radiating pattern from the umbilicus, those that lie above it and beyond it will remain. Full tummy tucks remove more stretch marks than limited or mini- type tummy tucks.
Dr. Barry Eppley