Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in tummy tuck surgery. Can you please tell me the cost of tummy tuck surgery in your practice? Also what is the recovery time from tummy tuck surgery?
A: Thank you for your inquiry. There are eight different types of tummy tucks with differing associated costs. I would need to see some pictures of your abdomen to give you a very specific cost figure. Most women are type 4 so I will have my assistant pass along the cost of that version to you. That may or may not be the type of tummy tuck that you need. There are three different levels of recovery and it depends on what you are defining as your recovery point. (up and about, back to work, working out, final recovery) Since full recovery from a tummy tuck takes a complete eight weeks, I am assuming you are referring to some level of incomplete recovery where you can get at least back to that type of activity. Working backwards then it would six weeks for working out/running, four weeks for any job that has a significant physical components to it, two weeks for a sit down job and seven to ten days to be more up and about.
Dr. Barry Eppley