What is a Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty (aka: tummy tuck) is the surgical procedure in which the excess skin and fat from the belly area is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened and set into place. Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck is one of the more common plastic surgery procedures performed by Dr. Scott McDonald.


Am I a Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

The best candidates for an Abdominoplasty are men or women in good health and relatively good shape, but are bothered by a large fat deposit or excess skin that does not respond to diet or exercise.  Many patients undergo a tummy tuck after a large weight loss, including pregnancy or bariatric surgery, where stretched skin remains. Those who are considering losing a significant amount of weight, or women still planning future pregnancies, may want to consider waiting before undergoing the tummy tuck procedure.


What is the Cost for Abdominoplasty?

The cost for abdominoplasty can vary between $5,250 – $7,300 depending on the location chose by the patient.

Tummy tucks are generally considered cosmetic and are not covered by insurance. However, in some cases, insurance may cover a portion of the surgery surgery, called a Panniculectomy. During a panniculectomy, the doctor removes the hanging skin and fat from the lower abdomen to create a smoother abdominal contour. A panniculectomy differs from a tummy tuck in that the abdominal muscles are typically not tightened during a panniculectomy. A consultation will be necessary to determine if you are a candidate for insurance-covered panniculectomy.