What Economy? Tummy Tucks Rise 86 Percent

The Tummy Tucks Are Surging Even in This Bad Economy With People Who Won’t Stop Asking for a Nip and Tuck

March 5, 2012, 9:16 a.m. EST



ORLANDO, FL, Mar 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Americans are stepping up their spending, paying for a procedure that costs an arm and a leg, but tightens the tummy area. Although the economy remained in recession throughout 2011, LocateADoc.com showed a 6 percent increase in abdominoplasty procedures, or "tummy tucks." Furthermore, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that tummy tuck procedures have been increasing for over a decade with an 86 percent growth since 2000.

With more patients choosing this elective procedure, accessible information about tummy tucks and reputable surgeons becomes increasingly valuable. That’s why many patients are turning to a website with wealth of information on elective procedures. "The best way to pick your tummy tuck doctor is to do your research on the procedure first," said LocateADoc.com representative, Karen Castillo. "The informed patient is always a better patient." To educate potential patients, LocateADoc.com offers a "Research Your Procedure" section on their website, which includes information on how the surgery is performed, all of the latest options and how everyday people look before and after the surgery.

"One way to determine if a doctor is good, is to see their before and after pictures," added Castillo. "Our website has pictures from thousands of doctors throughout the country." LocateADoc.com has an extensive before-and-after gallery where patients can see patient pictures to get an idea of what changes in appearance patients can expect.

Even with information regarding abdominoplasty procedures and surgeons, "The most frequent questions from patients are related to cost," stated Castillo. With a website page dedicated to costs, LocateADoc.com reports the national average costs for tummy tucks is $5,000 to $10,000. This section also features common financing options for the patient who can’t pay for it all upfront.

Also, under the "Research Your Procedure" section, LocateADoc.com also offers an area on the recovery process. While many patients seek tummy tuck procedures for the final results, reading about the recovery process helps patients know what to expect along the way.

Despite the invasive nature of the tummy tuck procedure, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that the number of annual patients has risen by more than 50,000 in just more than 10 years. With so many electing to undergo surgery, LocateADoc.com is dedicated to getting accurate and educational information to future tummy tuck patients.

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