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Does health insurance cover tummy tuck or no because it's more of a plastic surgery thing?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not Cosmetic Surgery

Tummy tuck is done for cosmetic reasons to improve the contour of the abdomen, so it is usually considered an out-of-pocket, non-covered expense by most insurance companies.

In brief: Not Cosmetic Surgery

Tummy tuck is done for cosmetic reasons to improve the contour of the abdomen, so it is usually considered an out-of-pocket, non-covered expense by most insurance companies.
Dr. Jason Lichten
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: It is consider

Plastic sugery.

In brief: It is consider

Plastic sugery.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

While insurance may cover a panniculectomy for major weight loss, it has been my experience that they will rarely cover an abdominoplasty.

In brief: Usually not

While insurance may cover a panniculectomy for major weight loss, it has been my experience that they will rarely cover an abdominoplasty.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Gordon Kaplan
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No, but ...

Hi christy, tummy tuck performed for cosmetic purposes is not covered by insurance.
However, panniculectomy is. Panniculectomy is the removal of the overhanging abdominal wall fat. If you can show your insurance company that this overhanging pannus is responsible for medical problems, then you may be able to get it approved.

In brief: No, but ...

Hi christy, tummy tuck performed for cosmetic purposes is not covered by insurance.
However, panniculectomy is. Panniculectomy is the removal of the overhanging abdominal wall fat. If you can show your insurance company that this overhanging pannus is responsible for medical problems, then you may be able to get it approved.
Dr. Gordon Kaplan
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Unless you have infections under the fold of tummy tissue.
Panniculitis.

In brief: No

Unless you have infections under the fold of tummy tissue.
Panniculitis.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Hatem Abou-Sayed
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Cosmetic tummy tuck

True abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a cosmetic procedure.
Sometimes, a panniculectomy (removal of the lower abdominal tissues without significant muscle tightening) in order to help with rashes and physical limitations may be covered. In some markets, removal of excess abdominal skin after massive weight loss may be covered by insurance. But most of the time, abdominoplasty is cosmetic and cashpay.

In brief: Cosmetic tummy tuck

True abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a cosmetic procedure.
Sometimes, a panniculectomy (removal of the lower abdominal tissues without significant muscle tightening) in order to help with rashes and physical limitations may be covered. In some markets, removal of excess abdominal skin after massive weight loss may be covered by insurance. But most of the time, abdominoplasty is cosmetic and cashpay.
Dr. Hatem Abou-Sayed
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not usually.

Tummy tuck surgery is consider cosmetic surgery and is rarely reliably covered by health insurance.

In brief: Not usually.

Tummy tuck surgery is consider cosmetic surgery and is rarely reliably covered by health insurance.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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