Does Georgia Medicaid cover a tummy tuck?

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Does Georgia Medicaid cover a tummy tuck?

Medicaid will not cover a tummy tuck.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Thanks for your question.

Insurance & Cosmetic Procedures

No. Insurance does not cover any cosmetic procedures. Some insurance companies will cover the removal of lower abdominal skin and fat that causes skin problems, but you'd need to have this condition and then check to see if your insurance actually covered the procedure. 

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Kouros Azar

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Does Georgia Medicaid cover a tummy tuck?

Thank you for your question.  No insurance will cover any cosmetic procedure. 


Price varies by Surgeon, Location, Anesthesia, Etc.


Choose a board certified plastic surgeon who has done a ton of Tummy Tuck and has privileges to do this surgery at a local university hospital. This says his credentials have been checked out by fellow Drs. All surgeries carry risk, talk to your plastic surgeon and choose one wisely.


Many surgeons, including myself, offer online virtual consultations where you send us your photos and we can estimate the cost. I, like many surgeons, also offer free consultations so that you can be examined and given the most accurate quote possible. Please be mindful that the in person physical exam is the most important and could potentially alter your treatment plan.



Tummy tuck and insurance.

Thank you for your question.

A tummy tuck procedure is considered a cosmetic procedure and would not be covered under medicaid or other insurance carriers.  A panniculectomy which is only removal of lower abdominal skin and fat that causes substantial medical issues such as rashes, skin breakdown, pain, and infections can sometimes be covered by insurance.  A panniculectomy is not a tummy tuck as the goals are different as well as the cosmetic results following each.

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Andre Levesque, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Medicaid coverage of a tummy tuck

Although a tummy tuck procedure can dramatically improve yourself esteem and quality-of-life, it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure by insurance companies.   Because it is not medically necessary, Medicaid will not cover the procedure.    Most offices offer financing options that you might want to look into if you desire to have a tummy tuck procedure. Best wishes to you!

Does Georgia Medicaid cover a tummy tuck?

Medicaid generally does not cover any type of cosmetic procedure. This would include a tummy tuck due to it not being medically necessary and for cosmetic reasons only. 

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Does Georgia Medicaid cover a tummy tuck?

Thank you for sharing your question.  Because a tummy tuck is deemed "not medically necessary" insurance carriers, including Medicaid, will not cover the costs of surgery and the patient would be financially responsible.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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