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Is It Possible to Find Low to No Cost Mommy Makeover Surgery Anywhere?

I am a 31 year old stay at home mom who has recently busted butt to lose 70 lbs and after having 3 c-sections and breastfeeding all 3 of those babies my body is in desperate need of repair but being a stay at home mom I can't afford it. Are there doctors who will take on a pro bono case possible for me due to my weight loss and such? I just want to be happy but even my size 8 jeans can't make me smile when I have to tuck my belly skin into them. thank you

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Cosmetic surgery is never free

Congratulations on your weight loss. Depending on how much loose skin you have you may qualify for a panniculectomy (cutting just the excess skin that hangs down from your tummy) paid for by insurance. This will not address your breasts or give you the best result for your tummy, but it will make your jeans fit better. Best of luck.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover Surgery - Usually Not Pro Bono

         Losing seventy pounds is a tremendous accomplishment. Unfortunately, when this type of weight loss occurs it’s often accompanied by the development of loose saggy skin. The breasts, abdomen, flanks, arms and thighs are especially prone to this type of sag.


         Unfortunately, procedures of this type are expensive and aren’t generally done on a “pro bono” basis. In the Midwestern United States this type of procedure would cost between $11,000 and $13,000. This would include facility fees, surgeon’s fees, anesthesia charges and implant costs.


         There’s probably no question that you would benefit from these procedures. Since you have limited funds and a significant need for these procedures you might consider other options. It might be possible to obtain plastic surgery financing through Care Credit. Staging these procedures might also be appropriate until more funds are available. In some cases, it may be possible to lower cost by going to a resident clinic at a teaching hospital.


         The vast majority of massive weight loss patients develop excess saggy skin. The correction of these problems is not unique. If everything else fails, saving additional funds is a possibility. Although this may be difficult, it’s probably easier then losing seventy pounds.

Mommy makeover surgery

You can see if a university hospital near you (perhaps University of Washington) has a plastic surgery training program which often times has low rates for plastic surgery performed by residents under supervision of senior surgeons. This is commonly known as a Resident's Clinic.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 162 reviews

Low cost mommy makeover

I can't comment on your particular region, but in general it is difficult for surgeons to offer pro bono work because their own fee is just one part of the overall cost.  Other costs are not in their control, like the price of supplies, anaesthetic, nursing, overhead, etc.  Another option would be to finance the operation over 5-6 years to make it more affordable.  There are a number of companies that specialize in financing surgical procedures so hopefully one of them will be able to assist you.

Be Wary of 'Bargain' Cosmetic Surgery

The safest way to obtain cost-effective surgery is probably to obtain a consultation at a teaching hospital in the 'Resident Aesthetic Clinic.' This typically involves a plastic surgery resident towards the end of his/her training who performs the operation under the supervision of a senior plastic surgeon. 

Shopping around for 'cheap' cosmetic surgery can unfortunately be a dangerous proposition, as there are many practitioners who are not qualified by an appropriate board that perform these procedures. Be sure to check the credentials of every surgeon, but especially one who is offering you 'bargain' prices.

Good luck and congratulations on the weight loss!

Bryan Correa, MD
The Woodlands Plastic Surgeon
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Contact the surgeons in your area

Congratulations on your weight loss! You must be proud of yourself.

You will have to contact the surgeons in your area to see if they will take on your case. Best of luck.

Elective cosmetic procedures cannot be free

Congratulations on losing a substantial amount of weight! Unfortunately, mommy makeovers cannot be offered at low to no cost as it is a more complex combination elective procedure that cannot be covered by insurance. In addition to a surgeon’s professional fees, there are additional costs in regards to anesthesia, facilities, and medical staff care that cannot be waived. I would advise finding a board certified plastic surgeon who provides financing options, such as CareCredit®, to help make a mommy makeover more affordable.

C. Edwin Pittman, MD
Athens Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Mommy makeover cost

Congrats on your weight loss. Good job. The best way to get the surgery done is through financing. Most plastic surgeons work with these companies that have helped their patients. Barter for some of the fee can also be considered. All the best.

Thomas A. Narsete, MD
Greenwood Village Plastic Surgeon


I would advise you to visit one of the large medical centers in your area that have surgical training programs.

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover

If you live near a university, perhaps they need clients to donate abdomens to give students (Plastic Surgery Students) an opportunity to practice tummy tucks and other procedures.  Otherwise, due to the high cost of overhead, pro-bono surgery is very rare, and with plastic surgery being on the downturn, incomes down, many plastic surgeons closing up surgery centers, economically, the timing is very bad.  I wish you the best on this challenging endeavor.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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