I need a full tummy tuck and my breasts removed! How can I find the right surgeon? (Photo)
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The first step would be determining what you mean by “breasts removed.’’ When you say that do you mean you would like to have a breast reduction or that you would like your breasts completely removed? Guidelines for breast reductions vary for each insurance company. According to the Amerigroup guidelines, “reduction mammoplasty requires medical director’s review.” This usually means the insurance company needs to review your medical records prior to determining if your surgery will be covered or not. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is never covered by insurance companies and are considered to be cosmetic whereas a pnniculectomy can sometimes be a covered surgery. A panniculectomy does not address an separation of the muscle nor does it involved moving the belly button, but rather just trimming the excess skin and fat that may hang like an apron. I suggest calling your insurance company and having them direct you to a board certified plastic surgeon with whom you are in network. You can then set up a consultation and review your goals and expected outcomes with him or her.
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I usually tell my patients that the first step for a safe plastic surgery is to choose a board certified aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon. This should have a personal website containing details of his professional biography and some photos of the procedures performed. Your plastic surgeon should be transparent and a honest person with you, with ethical and human values, and especially with good reputation and history. Also, it's much better if this doctor have special training and experience in procedures like the one you're interested. Finally, i invite you to send your photos to give you more information of interest for you. Kind regards,
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Tummy tuck and breast reduction.
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Panniculectomy and breast reduction
While I do not live and practice in the state of GA, you should be able to find a surgeon somewhere in the state who could atleast perform the reduction with your insurance. Getting the tummy portion of the case approved is always a little more difficult and may never get approved. You should be able to find a list of plastic surgery providers from your insurance company.
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