Last updated on March 11, 2023
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure for men and women in the UK, as it can restore confidence and improve self-esteem. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat, excess skin, unwanted scars and stretch marks from the stomach to achieve a flatter and firmer appearance of the abdominal muscles and waistline.
With abdominoplasty costs becoming more affordable in recent years, the treatment’s popularity has increased. However, choosing where to have the procedure done and the specific doctor to visit can be difficult, as prices can vary significantly.
We at HR Plastic Surgery have put together a dedicated tummy tuck cost guide where you can find information on UK prices and some factors to look out for that can affect the overall cost.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The average cost of a tummy tuck in the UK is £4,500 to £6,000. However, the price range for this surgery can vary widely, from £3,000 to £12,000, depending on several factors. These factors include the surgeon’s fee, the facility fee, the cost of anaesthesia, follow-up consultations and other associated costs.
Tummy Tuck Prices Vary by Region
One of the main factors affecting the cost of a tummy tuck is the region of the country where the surgery is performed. Generally, prices are highest in urban areas and lowest in rural areas. This is due to the higher cost of living in urban areas and the increased competition among surgeons in these areas.
For example, the average cost of a tummy tuck in North East of England is £6,693 and in North West England is £5,645. Patients should expect to pay more for a tummy tuck in a major city than in a small town.
Tummy Tuck Prices Vary by Hospital Group
Another factor that can contribute to the cost of a tummy tuck is the hospital group, for example, Spire Healthcare, the average price is £5,655, Circle Health is £5,800 and Nuffield Health is £6,240.
Another factor affecting the cost of a tummy tuck is the surgeon’s experience and training. Surgeons who have been performing the procedure for many years and have extensive training in plastic surgery will usually charge more than surgeons with lesser experience.
Tummy Tuck Cost is Dependent on Several Factors
There are several factors that can affect the cost of a tummy tuck. The most important factor is the surgeon’s fee. The type of tummy tuck procedure performed can also affect the cost. For example, a standard tummy tuck involves making an incision in the lower abdomen and lifting the abdominal flap above the belly button to allow the maximal amount of tissue to be removed, while a mini tummy tuck usually involves a more limited scar and a smaller amount of tissue removal.
In addition, patients who require additional procedures, such as liposuction, will also see an increase in their overall cost.
The length of the surgery can also affect the price. Longer procedures require more anaesthetic and theatre time thereby increasing the cost.
Financing a Tummy Tuck
Patients considering a tummy tuck but concerned about the cost may want to consider financing options. Several companies offer to finance cosmetic surgery procedures. Cosmetic Loans UK is one such company. They offer financing for medical procedures with no deposit required.
Patients can apply for finance by filling out an application on their website. Once approved, patients can use these funds to pay for their procedure over time.
We offer competitive plastic surgery finance plans. Our team is happy to go through the options. The table below illustrates some examples:
|MONTHLY PAYMENT||LOAN TERM||APR||EXAMPLE PRICE|
Insurance Coverage for Tummy Tucks
In most cases, insurance companies will not cover the cost of a tummy tuck. This is because it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure.
However, there may be some exceptions that you would need to check directly with your medical insurance company.
If the tummy tuck is performed for reconstructive purposes, such as after massive weight loss, it may be covered by insurance. Patients should check with their insurance provider if their policy covers tummy tucks.
Some insurance companies will only cover part of the cost of a tummy tuck. For example, they may cover the cost of the procedure if it is being performed for reconstructive purposes but not if it is being performed for cosmetic purposes.
In some cases, patients may get insurance coverage for a tummy tuck if they can prove that the procedure is medically necessary.
Saving Money on a Tummy Tuck
There are a few ways that patients can save money on a tummy tuck. One way is to choose a less experienced surgeon. Surgeons who are less experienced typically charge less for their services. Another way to save money is to have the surgery performed in a rural area. Prices are typically lower in rural areas due to the lower cost of living.
HR Plastic Surgery for tummy tuck surgery costs
At HR Plastic Surgery we strive to ensure that every patient receives the best possible service and care throughout the entire process. Starting with the initial consultation to the surgery itself, we strive to ensure that every patient achieves the best, long-term results.
We aim to assist our patients in achieving a natural, fresh look, with a tailored care plan unique to them. We believe that plastic surgery should both rejuvenate and create aesthetic harmony.
To book a consultation with us please call us on + 020 3907 6830, email us at email@example.com, or book online via our website. At your consultation, we will discuss your tummy tuck goals and surgical options, and answer any questions you may have. Thereafter we can assist with a detailed quotation on the tummy tuck costs, and discuss financing options.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have more questions about tummy tucks cost please read our FAQs:
Is a mini tummy tuck cheaper than a full tummy tuck?
In general yes a mini tummy tuck is a cheaper option compared to a full tummy tuck, but not everyone is suitable for a mini tummy tuck and your surgeon will have to advise which is most suitable to your individual cosmetic goals.
What is a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck and is it very expensive?
For patients with lots of excess skin in the lower and upper tummy, a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck might be appropriate. Here, as well as the horizontal cut of the standard tummy tuck, there is a vertical cut too, so the scar looks like an anchor.
It is typically a more expensive type of tummy tuck.
Will my medical insurance cover my tummy tuck surgery?
For the most part, it will not cover your tummy tuck procedure as it is considered cosmetic. However, there may be special cases where they do, such as for a medical reason for reconstructive purposes. This will need to be discussed with your medical insurer for clarification.
“Before proceeding with any surgical procedure, patients should seek a second opinion from qualified healthcare practitioners”.
“The information on the website is for general guidance only and cannot be used as a basis to make a surgical decision, an initial consultation with our surgeon is required to help patients make an informed decision before proceeding with any surgical procedure”