Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – Does insurance cover the surgery?

Many patients inquire about tummy tuck procedures in Cerritos and if insurance covers the surgery. This is a common questions asked by patients that have lost significant weight after either dieting or massive weight loss surgery. This significant weight loss results is excess and hanging loose skin. This leads to hygiene issues with resulting rashes and infections between the skin folds.

This becomes a health issue, and therefore patients would benefit from having a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure in Cerritos. The questions that is commonly asked is if this is a health issue then would insurance cover the procedure? This really depends on the insurance company and how it is viewed. However, a Cerritos Tummy Tuck and Abdominoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure. Insurance companies do not pay for cosmetic procedure. However, if insurance does consider this as a health issue, they will authorize what is called a panniculectomy or lipectomy. This is a procedure where the abdominal pannus or skin is cut off and removed.

A panniculectomy is similar to the Cerritos Tummy Tuck procedure performed by Orange County Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Farbod Esmailian. The similarities are that a panniculectomy removes the skin as does an abdominoplasty. The differences are that in a tummy tuck procedure, the abdominal wall and muscles are tightened in addition to the removal of skin. This is not done in a panniculectomy or lipectomy procedure.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Esmailian can determine if you are a candidate for either procedure. Dr. Esmailian accepts the majority of health insurances and has offices in the Glendale and Los Alamitos area. You can schedule a complimentary consultation by calling 562.655.8071.


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