Any Probono for a Tummy Tuck?

many surgery on my tummy scars after scars do not have ins. just medicare i am disable due to 9/11/2001. been depressed . have not dated since i was 38 now i m 56 n would like to date. My body holds me back i m embarress to be naked. have been ask out but i just cannot, not only my tummy looks awfull but my breast has seened there days. dont need implants i am happy with my size. I just cannot afford it. Please any suggestion.

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Any Probono for a Tummy Tuck?

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. 

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck pro bono.

This surgery requires the expense of a general anesthetic and surgical center or hospital operating room as well as a plastic surgeon.  This is elective surgery with significant risks and potential complications.  I would suggest that, after calling your local plastic surgeons to see if they can help, you contact an acedemic plastic surgery resident training program to see whether your surgery can be provided at reduced cost.

Best Regards

Douglas J. Raskin, MD
Colorado Springs Plastic Surgeon
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Pro Bono Tummy Tuck

Since the surgery is generally an elective procedure, it is rarely free. We (and many other surgeons) offer greatly reduced pricing in special cases in which there is a quality of life issue involved. Academic programs also have similar programs in which surgery is vastly reduced (but not free).

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Pro bono tummy tuck

Pro bono refers to legal services for the indigent, to protect their rights. A tummy tuck is an elective, cosmetic procedure. You might want to contact an academic training program in plastic surgery in your geographic area; however, these surgeries are no longer "free" but at reduced cost.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Pro bono tummy tuck

Since a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure in the vast majority of cases, it is unlikely that you will obtain this procedure for free.  If you are on Medicare the coverage for this sort of procedure is limited, but you might be able to get a panniculectomy if the skin is hanging and you have rashes, but not a tummy tuck.You might need to save up the money over time, or obtain a loan. You might also see about getting some counseling for your depression which will help you to move on. A teaching hospital might have a clinic where residents see you and do the procedure. You will need to be persistent. Good luck.

Victor Au, MD (retired)
Chapel Hill Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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