Regarding: "Are yeast infections enough to have your insurance company pay for a tummy tuck? My primary doctor told me that I could have about 10 pounds of fat removed from my stomach which causes yeast infections, she told me that a Tummy Tuck would be covered by my insurance, is this true?
I am having no luck in the Boston area to find a surgeon to perform this operation for me. What should I do? I am miserable with myself!"
Your Primary Care doctor is wrong. Non-Plastic surgeons, including Primary Care physicians, are often confused by the multiple operations aimed at flattening part or all of the belly. Here are the operations likened to and confused with a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
PANNICULECTOMY (Apron Resection) - Removes the skin overhang / skin fold to allow better hygiene of the area below. Does NOT remove all the loose tummy skin, does not tighten the muscles, does not transpose the belly button and does NOT flatten the tummy and narrow the waist. IT IS NOT A TUMMY TUCK. SOME insurance company may pay for this operation. THIS is the operation your Primary care was confused about.
MINI - Tummy Tuck - Treats ONLY the tummy BELOW the Belly Button. Does NOT remove all the loose tummy skin (ONLY that below the belly button), may involve tightening the muscles below the belly button, does not transpose the belly button, does NOT flatten the entire tummy. IT IS NOT covered by ANY insurance companies.
(Full, Standard) Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty - is a Cosmetic Surgery in which ALL the loose tummy skin is removed, the whole length of the tummy muscles are tightened, the belly button is transposed, the tummy pooch is flattened and the waist is narrowed. This operation is NEVER paid for by any insurance company and attempting to pass such charges to them would constitute insurance fraud.
Your options are either to find a surgeon who will perform an insurance covered panniculectomy, have it done at a Plastic Surgery training program, have weight loss surgery followed by a self-financed Tummy Tuck.
Dr. Peter Aldea