Tummy Tucks | More popular but beware

More popular but beware

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In the USA, the number of tummy tuck surgeries (medical name ‘abdominoplasty’) increased by 137% from 2000 to 2007. The American Academy of Plastic Surgeons put the number  performed in 2001 at around 58,567, with women making up 97% of the patients. In the UK, the interestingly named British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reported a 31% increase, with 3,526 carried out in 2007, up from 2701 the year before.

One UK company, the Harley Medical group reported carrying out 2,000 post-natal tummy tuck operations  in 2008, reflecting a large group of patients looking to reduce and redefine tummy size following birth. The media seized on issues such as celebrity mothers regaining their figures with amazing speed, possibly influencing the trend in more women opting to have a tummy tuck after having had children.

Similarly, patient’s stories  often reflect lingering tummy fat and loose skin that would not go away with dieting and exercise. Although there will always be a minority of patients who have not tried either before paying for surgery, for many, conventional weight loss techniques did not give the results they sought. For some, the excess fat and skin became a very personal issue, restricting their choice of clothing and activities and presenting an obstacle to good self-esteem.

Financial implications

For patients in the USA and UK, the tummy tuck cost can be high compared to average earnings. A tummy tuck can cost from £4,500 in the UK, or $5,000- $10,000 or more in the USA. Healthcare insurance policies may not cover the cost of a tummy tuck, as it is not a physical medical necessity, or because the cause of the wanting the surgery is related to childbirth, a traditional exclusion on such policies.

Medical clinics around the world now offer ‘medical tourism’ or ‘medical retreat’ packages, offering cosemtic surgery including abdominoplasty at cheaper rates than their customers home countries.

Whilst for some patients, this can present a more cost-effective way to get the surgery done, the UK Dept of Health points out standards vary internationally and cautions against choosing plastic surgeons based solely on cost.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:

Whilst every effort is made to give an accurate representation here, these pages CANNOT be a substitute for professional medical advice and/or treatment under any circumstances. Prices will vary from location to location and are intended here for illustrative purposes only – these figures CANNOT be taken as actual costs or as a recommendation of a reasonable or advisable price to pay.

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