How much does post-bariatric surgery cost?
The cost of plastic surgery following dramatic weight loss varies by surgeon, geographic area, and the number and type of procedures you undergo. Be sure to ask your surgeon what the approximate cost will be for your specific surgery during your consultation.
The average costs for common post-bariatric procedures are as follows. However, there are generally cost savings when combining procedures versus getting individual procedures.
- Liposuction: $2,584*
- Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty): $6,622*
- Breast Lift (mastopexy): $4,616*
- Upper Arm Lift (brachioplasty): $4,675*
- Thigh Lift (thighplasty): $5,292*
*The above statistics come from the 2020 Aesthetic Plastic Surgery National Databank Statistics, which were compiled using Aesthetic Neural Network (ANN) data from 288 participating plastic surgery practices across the US. These numbers only reflect standard procedure costs (surgeon and facility fees) and may not include fees for anesthesia, medical tests, prescriptions, surgical garments, or other miscellaneous costs related to your procedure(s).
Does insurance cover plastic surgery after weight loss?
Because these procedures are elective, insurance does not cover most of these costs. If you are undergoing panniculectomy, breast reduction or any procedure in which your excess skin causes functional problems, you should contact your insurance company to see what they might cover. For example, if your pannus interferes with daily living, your insurance may cover this surgery. Many surgeons offer patient financing plans to make the procedures more affordable.
What should I consider when evaluating the cost of plastic surgery after weight loss?
Choose your surgeon based on quality, training, and experience—not cost.
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