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Is there plastic surgery for free?

28 doctors weighed in
Dr. Adam Schaffner
Surgery - Plastics
10 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Plastic surgery may be performed by plastic surgeons on a pro bono basis for patients in need.
There are a number of foundations and charities which help facilitate this for victims of domestic violence, veterans who sustained injuries in combat, or children with congenital birth defects. Discounted aesthetic plastic surgery is available through some teaching institutions.

In brief: Yes

Plastic surgery may be performed by plastic surgeons on a pro bono basis for patients in need.
There are a number of foundations and charities which help facilitate this for victims of domestic violence, veterans who sustained injuries in combat, or children with congenital birth defects. Discounted aesthetic plastic surgery is available through some teaching institutions.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
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Dr. John Walker
Also involvement of organizations that collect thousands for cancer victims, and local community organizations like the lions club,Rotarians
Dr. Archibald Miller
The Shriners hospitals and local physicians provide "free" care on a daily basis. Doctors work on military veterans pro bono, and many doctors provide care in the emergency rooms daily to trauma victims. Breast cancer patients receive care. Cosmetic? Not so much.
Dr. Reza Jarrahy
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Plastic surgery is a broad discipline which includes reconstructive surgery, which in almost all cases is covered by insurance, and cosmetic surgery, which is usually associated with out-of-pocket fees and expenses.
There are surgeons who donate their time and services to provide surgery for people who cannot afford it and who have no medical insurance.

In brief: No

Plastic surgery is a broad discipline which includes reconstructive surgery, which in almost all cases is covered by insurance, and cosmetic surgery, which is usually associated with out-of-pocket fees and expenses.
There are surgeons who donate their time and services to provide surgery for people who cannot afford it and who have no medical insurance.
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Dr. Henry Mentz
Cosmetic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Case by case basis

Cosmetic surgery typically has a cost associated with it.
Reconstructive surgeries may be done on a pro bono basis. Regardless, please choose a board certified plastic surgeon who does at least 100 of those surgeries every year.

In brief: Case by case basis

Cosmetic surgery typically has a cost associated with it.
Reconstructive surgeries may be done on a pro bono basis. Regardless, please choose a board certified plastic surgeon who does at least 100 of those surgeries every year.
Dr. Henry Mentz
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Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Cosmetic surgery is usually not free of charge and is defined by making normal appearance more aesthetically pleasing; however, there are university practices where residents in training often cost less than the normal cost of a board certified plastic surgeon. There are some procedures where it is much better to have the skilled surgeon performing the entire procedure for details and symmetry.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Plastic surgery may be provided for free on a compassionate need basis but usually when the need is reconstructive and not typically for cosmetic reasons.
Plastic surgeons often volunteer their services to communities for such purposes as gang tattoo removal, cleft lip repair, domestic abuse victims, breast cancer reconstruction, the shriner's hospitals, etc.

In brief: Yes

Plastic surgery may be provided for free on a compassionate need basis but usually when the need is reconstructive and not typically for cosmetic reasons.
Plastic surgeons often volunteer their services to communities for such purposes as gang tattoo removal, cleft lip repair, domestic abuse victims, breast cancer reconstruction, the shriner's hospitals, etc.
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Dr. Donald Yoo
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Face to face

There are several organizations that provide plastic surgery pro bono, including face to face, which provides for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

In brief: Face to face

There are several organizations that provide plastic surgery pro bono, including face to face, which provides for victims of domestic violence and abuse.
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Dr. Eric Khairalla
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Try residents clinic

In addition to charities, foundations, pro bono work you can try some academic teaching hospitals where you can have clinics run by plastic surgery residents for free or a very reduced price

In brief: Try residents clinic

In addition to charities, foundations, pro bono work you can try some academic teaching hospitals where you can have clinics run by plastic surgery residents for free or a very reduced price
Dr. Eric Khairalla
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Dr. Babak Farzaneh
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If plastic surgery is reconstructive then the insurance may cover it, of course you must have insurance which is not free.

In brief: Yes

If plastic surgery is reconstructive then the insurance may cover it, of course you must have insurance which is not free.
Dr. Babak Farzaneh
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Dr. Gary Tuma
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Free

Cosmetic plastic surgery is a fee for service practice.
Reconstructive plastic surgery is often covered by your insurance carrier. There are some teaching institutions that offer discounted treatments and surgery so the residents can gain experience.

In brief: Free

Cosmetic plastic surgery is a fee for service practice.
Reconstructive plastic surgery is often covered by your insurance carrier. There are some teaching institutions that offer discounted treatments and surgery so the residents can gain experience.
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Dr. Michael Edwards
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In certain circumsta

The previous answer givers a good overview of what is available but there is no consistent source.
Most plastic surgeons receive messages or letters from patients hoping to be able to have surgery such as a tummy tuck or breast surgery because the patient can't afford it. This doesn't fall into the same category as the domestic abuse, etc. Category and rarely is performed i would imagine.

In brief: In certain circumsta

The previous answer givers a good overview of what is available but there is no consistent source.
Most plastic surgeons receive messages or letters from patients hoping to be able to have surgery such as a tummy tuck or breast surgery because the patient can't afford it. This doesn't fall into the same category as the domestic abuse, etc. Category and rarely is performed i would imagine.
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

Plastic surgery includes reconstructive, microsurgery, burn surgery, hand surgery, cosmetic surgery, etc.
With elective cosmetic surgery the patient pays out of pocket. Reconstructive surgery may be paid out of pocket, by some insurances, or charitable groups. It all depends on the situation. Teaching hospitals may do work at a lower cost. A board certified plastic surgeon may be able to help.

In brief: Sometimes

Plastic surgery includes reconstructive, microsurgery, burn surgery, hand surgery, cosmetic surgery, etc.
With elective cosmetic surgery the patient pays out of pocket. Reconstructive surgery may be paid out of pocket, by some insurances, or charitable groups. It all depends on the situation. Teaching hospitals may do work at a lower cost. A board certified plastic surgeon may be able to help.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Training Centers

University Training Centers.

In brief: Training Centers

University Training Centers.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Theodore Tsaltas
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Not generally

Elective plastic surgery is never free.
For deformities and injuries surgery is not infrequently done free through an ER on call surgeon, or through various charitable organizations. One of these not active in the US is Depilex Smile Again, providing free burn treatment in the Middle East. You might check with a social worker or a health department.

In brief: Not generally

Elective plastic surgery is never free.
For deformities and injuries surgery is not infrequently done free through an ER on call surgeon, or through various charitable organizations. One of these not active in the US is Depilex Smile Again, providing free burn treatment in the Middle East. You might check with a social worker or a health department.
Dr. Theodore Tsaltas
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