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Will Insurance Pay for Liposuction?

Will insurance pay for lipo if obesity is causing medical problems and depression and who is the most successful and most known doctor to do the operation?

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Insurance and Liposuction

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No, insurance will not pay for liposuction.  Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure.  It is primarily for sculpting small areas that are resistant to weight loss and considered "figure faults".  It is considered purely cosmetic.

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Austin Plastic Surgeon
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In the Majority of Cases, Insurance Companies Don't Cover Liposuction Expenses

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In the vast majority of cases, insurance companies don’t cover expenses associated with liposuction. Although there are always exceptions to the rule, they tend to view this procedure as strictly cosmetic.

Insurance carriers require documentation of medical necessity before covering any surgical procedure. They would argue that weight loss associated with liposuction is minimal and there are far better options including medical weight loss programs and bariatric surgical procedures. In addition, insurance companies are not likely to approve liposuction for mental health benefits. The psychological benefits of this type of procedure are difficult to document. For these reasons, the vast majority of liposuction cases are cosmetic and not covered by insurance.

If you’re considering liposuction, it’s important to understand that in most cases, it won’t be covered by insurance. Make sure you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. Also, keep in mind that if weight loss is your primary goal, there may be options that are far better for you and they may be covered by your insurance carrier.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

No

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We live in a society where insurance companies are publicly held companies that have to answer to share holders. They don't care at all about health, only about business. So liposuction is a cosmetic procedure and will never be viewed as medically necessary. The insurance company's response will be for the patient to lose weight. Sorry that this is the reality. Wait till nationalized health care is enacted and we will all see how little will be covered.

Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Medical insurance will not cover liposuction

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Unfortunately in most cases liposuction is not "medically necessary" and is not covered by insurance. In selected cases such as to compliment breast reduction, the liposuction is bundled into the procedure when covered by insurance. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure when used to contour and enhance body shape.

Liposuction also in not an effective treatment for obesity whether covered or not. You will need to look elsewhere for treatment such as an exercise and dietary program available in your area.

Best of luck,

peterejohnsonmd

Web reference: http://www.peterejohnsonmd.com/liposuction

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction is not for you

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Liposuction can remove small areas of extra fat when you are not far from an ideal weight. Not much in pounds can be safely removed. You need diet, diet, diet and exercise. Lipo alone will just make you more depressed.

Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction is Cosmetic Surgery - Cosmetic Surgery is not covered by insurance

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Liposuction in almost all cases is cosmetic surgery. Occasionally it could be used in some reconstructive cases to defat a flap or to decrease the size of a breast as an adjunct to a reduction.

It is not a treatment for depression. If a patient has clinical depression, they should seek medical attention by a PCP or Psychologist. Liposuction will not cure any medical prooblem. It is for body contouring and not for obesity.

Liposuction is a commonly preformed procedure, but it is best preformed by a trained surgeon.

Arlington Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuctioning is not a medical treatment

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Insurance will not pay for liposuctioning and liposuctioning is really not meant to treat medical obesity. You shoul see a clinic that deals with morbid obesity and discuss what you should do to lose weight and get healthy.

Harrisburg Plastic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

No, insurance will not pay.

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Liposuction is an elective procedure that is not paid for by insurance. It also does not treat obesity, as the weight change after liposuction is minimal at best if done on an obese person.

Liposuction is not likely to have any effect on serious depression, particularly if the depression is related to a person's weight. The best counsel I can give you is to seek advice from a nutritionist, a doctor that specializes in weight loss, or ask your family doctor for help.

There are many resources and, if the obesity is severe, sometimes bariatric (weight-loss) surgery is an option. Best of luck.

Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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