What Is The Cost And Recovery Of A Tummy Tuck?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am 35 years old. I had a child nearly 18 years ago. I have excess skin and stretch marks. I would like to consider getting a tummy tuck. My chief concern is down time and cost involved. I am recently divorced and self conscious about my looks. But worried about going through plastic surgery.

A: The thought of elective plastic surgery is certainly scary for most people, particularly an operation like a tummy tuck. Such a procedure, while making a dramatic improvement in one’s stomach and waistline area that is not achieveable by any other means for someone with excessive abdominal skin, requires a commitment of both time and resources. It is not for the faint-hearted and there is no easy or simple way to do it.  The bigger the change, particulalry on the body, the mopre of everything it takes to do it. The best way to think about it is that you will need three weeks to have an adequate recovery and total costs would be in the range of $7500 to $8500. Those two basic considerations are good screening tools to determine if you should move forward with taking your desire for a tummy tuck to the next level of an actual in-office consultatiobn.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana