How Much Is the Tummy Tuck in Los Angeles?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most transformative procedures plastic surgeons perform. It can restore a woman’s trimmed, toned body after pregnancy or significant weight loss and can give a man back his fit, masculine look. 

It’s also a significant surgical procedure. It always involves removing excess midsection skin, and for most patients, it also involves removing stubborn fat deposits and tightening and reconnecting stretched and weakened abdominal muscles. 

This long-lasting rejuvenation of your body contours comes with specific costs. As you consider tummy tuck surgery, it makes sense to go in with your eyes open as you weigh the benefits. You’ll also need to do your due diligence and find a surgeon who will deliver the highest-quality results with the maximum attention to your health, comfort, and safety. The adage “You get what you pay for” applies to any major purchase, and it’s especially applicable when you make choices about plastic surgery.

What Should I Expect to Pay for My L.A. Tummy Tuck? 

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the specifics of your procedure and the plastic surgeon you choose. 

The most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that the average cost for a tummy tuck nationwide is between $6,000 and $7,000. But this doesn’t include the costs of anesthesia, surgical facility fees, or other expenses such as post-surgical garments and prescription medications. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery reports a wider range — from $4,000 to $18,000. Regional variations affect the cost, too. Plastic surgery generally costs a bit more in major metropolitan areas with higher overall costs of living, such as Los Angeles. 

The cost also varies with the specifics of your procedure, and we’ll explain some of those variations next. The best way to find out how much you’ll pay for the specific procedure you need is to schedule a consultation with a top-quality, board-certified plastic surgeon and get an informed estimate of all your expenses.

Tummy Tuck Variations and Combinations

If you’re in the early phases of your tummy tuck research, you may be surprised to learn there’s more than one way surgeons can perform this procedure to get you the results you want.

  • A full or classic tummy tuck removes loose skin and excess fat and shores up weakened muscles over the entire abdomen, above and below the belly button. 
  • A mini tummy tuck tightens only the lower portion of the abdomen, below the belly button. 
  • A limited or skin-only tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen but does not repair stretched or separated muscles.
  • A lower body lift tightens the entire midsection, including the abdomen, love handles, and low back. 

Your surgery, no matter which of these variations is right for you, may be simpler or more complex depending on the amount of excess skin and fat you need to have removed and the degree of abdominal muscle weakening and separation you’ve experienced. You may choose to combine any of these variations on a tummy tuck with liposuction for more extensive fat removal, or with other procedures to enhance your body contours.

The specific details of your procedure or combination thereof will determine the total cost. Only a consultation with a trusted plastic surgeon can give you a clear idea of what to expect — both for your treatment and its cost.

Choose a Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon You Can Trust

Dr. Stephen Bresnick in Encino, CA, is one of the most skilled, experienced, and highly rated plastic surgeons offering procedures in the Los Angeles area. He has special expertise in tummy tuck surgery, having pioneered the use of the pain pump to ease discomfort in recovery. He uses layered muscle tightening for superior shaping results and individualized incisions to minimize scarring. To put the costs of surgery within reach for more patients, he also offers financing options to help you pay for the procedure. Call us at (818) 981-3333 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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