Do you know of any plastic surgeons who offer pro bono light tummy tucks for a gastric bypass patient?

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Plastic surgeons who offer pro bono light tummy tucks

Thank you for the question. What patients may not realize is how much “overhead” is associated with performing good quality and safe elective plastic surgery. In other words, there are significant expenses, outside of surgeons fees, associated with these types of operations. Therefore, it will be unlikely that “pro bono” elective plastic surgery will be available to you.


Plastic surgeons offices can point you in the right correction when it comes to “credit” companies that work with patients seeking surgery. Although I understand your desire to have the procedure performed  soon, it is always in patients' best interest to achieve a certain degree of financial stability prior to undergoing elective surgery of any type. Patients should also keep in mind that additional surgery may be necessary in the short or long term, following the primary procedure that is being performed; this additional surgery may be associated out-of-pocket expenses. Again, best to achieve a physical, emotional and financial “stable state” prior to considering elective plastic surgery. 


You may find the attached link, dedicated to tummy tuck surgery concerns, helpful to you as you learn more. Best wishes. 

Do you know of any plastic surgeons who offer pro bono light tummy tucks for a gastric bypass patient?

Thank you for sharing your question.  Though the likelihood of pro bono work is low you may wish to look into local university and hospital systems that have a plastic surgery residency.  Through the resident clinic patients can often obtain procedures at a reduced cost.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Pro Bono (free) plastic surgery

When looking for discounted plastic surgery, check your local University to see if there is a Plastic Surgery training program.  The residents usually run a clinic where discounted or pro bono procedures might be available as long as you understand that you are in a training environment and plastic surgery residents will be performing the surgery.  

Good Luck!

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Pro bono

The short answer is no. But there are reasons.  An abdominoplasty is a significant procedure that requires, at minimum, and anesthesiologist, two registered nurses at least one surgical tech and the surgeon.  There are instruments and suture material and drains. Not to mention medications and IV's. Just to provide all this plus a facility is thousands of dollars. We pay malpractice and staff an office, overhead is high.  We don't make as much money as you think, find a board certified plastic surgeon and good luck.  Jane  ps--there is no such thing as a light tummy tuck

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