How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost In New York City?

Something that never seems to go out of fashion is the desirable flat tummy and abs that we often see in magazines and on social media. But it’s not always possible to spend the amount of dedication to working out and keeping a clean diet. Life sometimes just doesn’t allow for that. That’s why tummy tucks have been an option that some women have resorted to in New York City. But it can be costly. 

A full tummy tuck in New York City can cost between $9.500-$10,500. More often than not a surgeon’s office will offer a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. If you require less work and opt for the mini tummy tuck then you can end up saving thousands of dollars. This is because you will need less appointment time, less anesthesia, and less service in general. 

What Is The Difference Between A Mini And A Full?

Because there is a few thousand dollar difference between a full and mini tummy tuck there is also a difference in the procedures. Aside from the time needed to perform the procedure and the additional anesthesia that may be needed, there are a few differences that may be included in the full tummy tuck but not the mini. 

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is more invasive than a mini tummy tuck. This process tightens the skin from the entire abdominals by making an incision in the lower abdomen but pulling the skin down from the top. The incision will go from one hip to the other hip. If navel contouring is necessary you may also need an incision there. Often, liposuction is also used to remove the excess fat. 

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck doesn’t mean smaller incisions necessarily. While it is a smaller incision the whole procedure is focused just on the lower abdomen by trimming the excess fat around the bottom. This is for those who may have minimal to no fat on the upper abdomen. Navel contouring is not done in the mini tummy tuck.  These procedures usually start around $6,000. 

What Is The Cost Breakdown and Factors In New York City?

Knowing that the cost is a direct result of the amount of work your tummy needs to get to your desired goals. Generally, this can be discussed through the consultation that you will have with your doctor. Fees start to rack up with longer anesthesiology, hospital and surgical center fees (time), medications, 

The extensiveness of the Procedure

The longer the procedure takes the more help a surgeon will need. This means fees will add up for paying an assistant licensed staff alongside the surgeon. The surgeon’s fee alone typically averages $5,232. Sometimes the procedure cannot be done in one visit in the more extensive situations. 

While facility fees of the hospital or surgical center range from $700-$1000, they can go past that  with longer or multiple procedures. It’s very common to need multiple appointments and it’s more likely that you will spend towards the higher number than the lower. 


The anesthesiologist fees are usually between $500-$700 but can go upwards with any additional required time. In some expensive instances, anesthesiologists can cost $450 an hour.  While both the mini tummy tuck and the full tummy tuck require anesthesiology, the full process can take a lot longer and require much more anesthesiology to stay asleep. 

For instance, a full tummy tuck can take up to five hours while the mini tummy tuck can take as little as an hour. Another thing that can add up when it comes to paying the anesthesiologist is multiple visits. Sometimes a complication or a more severe procedure may require additional visits as one procedure may not be enough. 

Additional Measures (Lipo)

Liposuction is an additional surgical procedure that is used solely for the purpose of removing excess from the fat. It is commonly referred to as Lipo. It is almost always used in a full tummy tuck but not always in a mini tummy tuck. How it differs from a tummy tuck is that the tummy tuck focused on removing the excess skin whereas lipo focuses on removing small fat deposits. 

Medications Afterwards

Regardless of how big your small your procedure is your doctor will prescribe medications to deal with your aftercare of the surgery. The bigger the procedure the more recovery time you can expect and ultimately more medication. 

You may also require additional check-ins for larger procedures to make sure the desired results were met. This is how the fees can start to add up even after the original consultation number has been passed. 

What Are The Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck?

So many men and women desire getting rid of that extra belly fat that exercise and diet just can’t seem to get rid of. In fact, more than 127,000 Americans got tummy tucks in 2017 and the number just keeps rising. Other than appearance, there are some other benefits of having a tummy tuck. But with any procedure, there are risks and drawbacks. 


  1. The first benefit that is obvious is your appearance will change for the desired result. This always automatically brings confidence levels up and can affect mental health in positive ways. Feeling good and looking good are two directly related things and tummy tucks affect both. 
  2. A tummy tuck can actually restore previously weakened muscles because of the rightened connective tissue. This can also result in less back pain because a strong core can support your lower back. 
  3. Because of your new results, it can also motivate that individual to keep those good looks by improving their overall health. Usually, this procedure leads people directly to the gym to continue their health journey. 


  1. This is no cost-effective procedure. Unfortunately, because it is considered a comment surgery it can be very costly and paid out of pocket. The more extensive the procedure as we know, the more the bills will add up at a quicker rate. 
  2. Ultimately, the procedure can cause swelling because of how invasive it is. It may take several months to actually see the results because of this and can lead to discouraged patients. 
  3. Tummy tucks before pregnancy can negatively affect the results or “lose” the results. This can also be true of weight gain which is why it is important for patients to keep healthy habits after the procedure. 

Related Questions

What Is A Fleur De Lis Tummy Tuck?

Sometimes a Doctor may refer to a specific kind of tummy tuck called the Fleur De Lis tummy tuck. This version is a special treat for those patients who have more excess skin than normal. This would usually be the type of treatment for those who have lost excess weight or have gotten plastic surgery to lose all the excess fat and excess skin that remains. The incisions are not only done horizontally but are also made vertically.

What Is The Recovery Aftercare Of A Tummy Tuck Like?

After the procedure of a tummy tuck, you will need to lay bent at the waist for two weeks in bed. So no work, or doing normal daily activities. For at least one of those weeks, you will have a draining tube. After the two weeks, you can return to work but you will have a compression wrap around your stomach that will need to be worn for at least 6 weeks to help with the swelling. 

Keep in mind that this process may take place over a few appointments so you may not have a one-and-done situation. You may have to take 6-8 weeks for recovery the first time around for larger procedures and then have an additional procedure to remove more skin and have another few weeks of recovery with the same routine. 

What Is The Scarring Like?

After your procedure, you will have scars likely below the bikini waistline so that they aren’t visible if you were to go to the beach. On average mini tummy tucks will leave a scar 6-8 inches long whereas a full tummy tuck will be a few inches longer. A Fleur De Lis tummy tuck will have both horizontal scars and vertical. These scars are typically thin and pink and can heal for about a year. Doctors normally provide creams and treatment to help minimize the visual of permanent scarring after the procedure. 

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