Liposuction as Reconstructive Surgery?

Can liposuction surgery be concidered as a reconstructive surgery when the patient can not lose weight normally and the weight is casueing breaking, splintering and chipping of the bones to the point orthiopedic surgery is needed to repair the damage?

Doctor Answers 10

Liposuction is not covered by insurance company because it is NOT a weight loss technique UNLIKE bariatric surgery

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Liposuction will not be covered by your insurance company because it is NOT a weight loss technique but bariatric surgery is.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction is cosmetic--period

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Furthermore, it's not a weight loss procedure.  It's a body contouring procedure.  Never covered by insurance.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction is not treatment for weight-related issues

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To simply answer : no.  If you have a weight problem you may need to have an evaluation by a Bariatric surgeon.  If you suffer from obesity that affects your health then this is the avenue of choice not liposuction.

Dr. ES

Liposuction as Reconstructive Surgery

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It is rare that any insurance company will authorize the payment of a liposuction claim. It is possible but I have personally never seen it happen. Best of luck. 

Insurance plans exclude cosmetic surgery from coverage

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Health insurance plans generally exclude from coverage procedures such as liposuction which are considered cosmetic. Although liposuction may be used during certain procedures such as breast reduction or breast reconstruction, it is not covered as a separate procedure. Large volume liposuction can achieve dramatic results in terms of improving body contour, but is not generally recommended as a method for weight loss.

Best regard, Andrew Lyos, MD,FACS

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Liposuction is not considered a medically-necessary procedure for insurance reimbursement

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liposuction is an elective contour changing procedure for whom the best candidate is one who exercises regularly and has a healthy diet but can't lose a bulge in a certain area. The amount of pounds lost from liposuction is minimal. Large volume liposuction for obesity is controversial and involves many more risks than conventional tumescent liposuction including life threatening fluid shifts. it would not provide a benefit that you seek such as lowering weight to minimize bony health problems.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Liposuction NOT a Weight Loss Procedure

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Liposuctionis NOT a weight loss procedure.  Certainly, in big to extreme liposuction cases ( 4-10 liters), a patient may end up loosing 5-15 pounds, but that would be at the most.  Liposuction is for removing fat and contouring areas, but it really doesn't effect weight that much.

Liposuction has medical uses

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Liposuction is sometimes used in parts of medically necessary procedures.  Examples are breast reduction and breast reconstruction.  However, insurance won't cover liposuction as a stand alone procedure to reduce weight.  Liposuction is a better tool for improving shape than it is for reducing weight..

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Despite medical benefits, insurance will not cover liposuction

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There are indeed medical benefits to liposuction. It has been shown to help reduce blood sugar in type II diabetes. It may reduce cholesterol levels, and liposuction with weight control can reduce back pain and joint strain. Insurance however does not consider liposuction of proven medical benefit and does not cover the procedure. Liposuction is relatively poor at reducing and controlling weight, so you should look elsewhere for help.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Unfortunately, Liposuction is Not a covered reconstructive surgery.

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Insurances do not cover liposuction as a reconstructive surgery for any reason no matter how helpful it is for your condition or to improve a patient's diabetes status or cholesterol levels etc...Sorry,

David Hansen,MD


David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.