Does insurance cover tummy tucks?

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Edward Domanskis M.D.

Published on Jun 01, 2018

It would be very unusual that insurance would cove a tummy tuck. Even in my post-bariatric patients it is hard to get it covered, but we do try for the patient!

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Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

It would be very unusual that insurance would cove a tummy tuck. Even in my post-bariatric patients it is hard to get it covered, but we do try for the patient!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Insurance will only cover those procedures for which a medical necessity has been demonstrated, and more importantly documented. An abdominoplasty ("tummy-tuck") for cosmetic reasons will not be covered. This is not to be confused with a panniculetcomy (abdominal pannus/skin apron excision), which is often covered for reasons related to chronic intertriginous rashes. This is often seen in the bariatric surgery/massive weight loss population.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

Insurance will only cover those procedures for which a medical necessity has been demonstrated, and more importantly documented. An abdominoplasty ("tummy-tuck") for cosmetic reasons will not be covered. This is not to be confused with a panniculetcomy (abdominal pannus/skin apron excision), which is often covered for reasons related to chronic intertriginous rashes. This is often seen in the bariatric surgery/massive weight loss population.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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