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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
4.5 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

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.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

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 152 reviews

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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.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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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 5 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Mommy Makeover


Thank you for your question.

Congratulations on your weightloss!  Unfortunately, I don't think that there is any surgeon who will perform surgery at no cost because there are other people involved with the surgery (nurses, anesthesiologists) and costs of the operating room, supplies, etc..

Sometimes having the surgery performed at a teaching institute will reduce fees.

Best Wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 794 reviews

Free mommy makeover



First let me congratulate you on your weight loss.  As has been stated before free cosmetic plastic surgery is hard to find and a mommy makeover is a big expense.  Depending on your current job skilss you may be able to barter your services for plastic surgery.  Perhaps you do marketing or advertising, you would trade X amount of your time for your plastic surgeons time.  Some things like breast implants and additional costs may still need to be paid in standard fashion.  

All the best,

Dr. Repta


Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

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