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
Is It Possible to Find Low to No Cost Mommy Makeover Surgery Anywhere?
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Cosmetic surgery is never free
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.
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Be Wary of 'Bargain' Cosmetic Surgery
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!
Contact the surgeons in your area
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.
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.
I would advise you to visit one of the large medical centers in your area that have surgical training programs.
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.
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.
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