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.
Mommy Makeover Surgery - Usually Not Pro Bono
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
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
Consider the risks of getting a free surgery
While you can always contact a bunch of plastic surgeons to find out if they would be willing to perform your surgery for free, are you willing to take the risk? Surgery is a serious choice to make because of the related risks, and it's important that you choose the right board certified plastic surgeon who has good experience and performs surgery in an accredited facility.
You may consider postponing... and saving.
Pregnancy and weight gain and loss do wreak havoc on a
woman’s body… ask any mommy out there and you’ll get the same complaints.Unfortunately, although those changes are annoying,
they certainly are not life threatening, so the likelihood of getting someone
to do that for you for free is literally zero! Surgeons are much more likely to
donate their time and talents to charitable institutions that help fight
diseases and deformities. The one hope you might have is to contact a
university with a plastic surgery residency program.Sometimes they have clinics run by the
surgeons in training that offer discounted surgery to get opportunities for
their residents to learn or practice those procedures before they go out into
their own clinics to operate.You would
take the chance of having an inexperienced surgeon do they actual procedure,
but usually they are well supervised by their attending surgeons.Your other option is to wait and save your
pennies to have your surgery done in the future when you can better afford
it.Please do not make the mistake of
going to a doctor who is not trained specifically in plastic surgery because
they offer it at a lower cost.Someone
who took a weekend course in how to do a tummy tuck is not going to be able to
offer you the experience and safety of a board certified plastic surgeon.
Mommy Makeover Cost in Melbourne, Florida
First of all, congratulations on your weight loss!
That is quite an accomplishment! Usually with weight loss, comes excess
skin and unfortunately, with pregnancy, comes muscle weakness, as well as some
excess skin as well. Unfortunately, there are significant costs involved
in correcting all of this with the right board-certified plastic surgeon,
accredited surgery center, and the appropriate team to take care of you before,
during, and after your surgery. I would recommend you see the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons website to find a board-certified plastic surgeon
in your area. Keep in mind that shopping based on cost only is usually a
mistake, because you generally are not getting something that you are not
paying for. Be cautious if the cost appears unreasonably low as there may
be something missing that may be essential to your care. Hopefully this
is helpful information for you. Best of luck!
Free mommy makeover?
There are not likely any free mommy makeovers. However, you can get some significant savings if you can find a doctor that will advocate on your behalf and write letters to insurance providers. The two procedures that can be covered by insurance are a breast reduction which also lifts the breast and makes them perky and a panniculectomy. Although the latter is not a tummy tuck, if it is covered by insurance it will potentially save you thousands of dollars off the cost of your tummy tuck procedure.
You could also enquire as to whether their is a chief resident clinic where the most senior plastic surgery residents, under the supervision of a staff surgeon, perform your surgery. There can be significant cost savings with that as well.
Dr Rodger Shortt
Oakville Plastic Surgeon
Ass't Clin Professor &
Director of Cosmetic Surgery Training,
Mommy makeovers are considered cosmetic.
takes a lot of hard work and determination to lose weight, especially while raising
your kids. Unfortunately, there are no low-cost or free mommy makeovers, but
there are financing plans for people who, like you, are candidates for cosmetic
surgery but need to pay for procedures in installments. The primary example of
this is the CareCredit® card, which can be used specifically for health and
beauty needs and functions like a typical credit card. Most plastic surgeons
these days are familiar with options like CareCredit® and their staff can
explain more about the application process.
First off, make sure you go to a board certified plastic surgeon for any plastic surgery. There are many cosmetic surgeons who may not be trained in plastic surgery who still can offer you surgery. Second, don't let price drive you to have surgery from a surgeon with whom you are not comfortable with. Third, you need to decide between breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, mini-tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, and body lift procedures.
In Columbus, Ohio where I practice, the total price (surgeon's fees, anesthesia fees and facility fees) for a mommy makeover can range between $6000 and $14000
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!