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I am a single mom looking for someone who does Pro Bono work. I have been to 4 different plastic surgeon to get pricing and all are too much for me. I have tried a research study for tummy tuck and I did not qualify because my tummy tuck is too extreme, I need a full tummy reconstruction the dr. informed me. I weigh about 150 and im 5'7. I really want to find a Dr. with a kind heart who wants to change someones life. If I had the money I would pay myself, but I don't. Someone please help me.

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Reduced price tummy tuck

Please understand that all plastic surgeons have done enormous amounts of probono work and continue to do so when patients require care for trauma or cancer and cannot pay.  But a tummy tuck is purely elective surgery and the surgeon takes on literally thousands of dollars of their own cost to do the surgery what with paying their nurses, anesthesia, rent, insurance, and all the sutures and products to do the surgery.  In this economy I don't think you will find anyone who is a well qualified plastic surgeon willing to absorb thousands of dollars of unpaid costs to help you out.  But you can contact your regional University hospital and see if they have a plastic surgery training program where cosmetic surgery is done by residents in training for discounted fees.  Good luck.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Suggestion on Pro Bono Tummy Tuck And/or Breast Reduction?

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. Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Suggestion on Pro Bono Tummy Tuck And/or Breast Reduction?

Unfortunately running a surgery practice is quite an expensive proposition, even more so if there is a surgical facility involved. If we had no charge for a procedure then we are actually paying that patient to have surgery since we still have to cover all the costs of supplies, personnel, insurance, utilities and on and on. I think you understand. Many of us do some degree of pro bono work for necessary reconstructive procedures, but not for cosmetic surgery. I tell patients their cosmetic surgery expenses should come from that part of their budget that might go for vacations, etc, not the money for rent and education.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Suggestion on Pro Bono Tummy Tuck And/or Breast Reduction?

Dr Rand is more than correct as the costs are out of the surgeon's pocket. For example the costs in my office operating room TOTAL for TT + Breast reduction runs around $5,000! So you can not expect a doctor who you do not even know to offer you a gift of $5K do you??? So just to be devil's advocate I could do ALL this surgery for $5K BUT you need to fly in to MIAMI stay a week than fly back. Just the travel & lodging & local transportation costs would be near $5K. So you would be spending approx. $10K. I'm sure you could find a local CA PS who would do your surgery for $10K. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

How to Seek a Surgeon & Costs of a Mommy Makeover

The costs of a #Mommy Makeover will depend on several factors. Such include the geographic location, the skill and experience of the surgeon, and operating room and anesthesia fees. Approximate #costs can be found here on the Real Self website,, or Also, the costs are contingent on the specific #procedures being combined in the operation and often payment plans are available. Such will be discussed in greater length during your one-on-one consultation.

Your procedures should always be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews


First off, make sure you go to a board certified plastic surgeon for any plastic surgery. There are many cosmetic surgeons who may not be trained in plastic surgery who still can offer you surgery. Second, don't let price drive you to have surgery from a surgeon with whom you are not comfortable with. Third, you need to decide between breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, mini-tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, and body lift procedures.
In Columbus, Ohio where I practice, the total price (surgeon's fees, anesthesia fees and facility fees) for a mommy makeover can range between $6000 and $14000

Jason Brett Lichten, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

ProBono Mommy Makeover?

I echo what my colleagues have said. We all perform probono work in cases of accidents, crime victims, military injuries, and cancer patients. It is not reasonable to expect a plastic surgeon to gift you an elective mommy makeover. Plastic surgery is a luxury and unfortunately not everyone who wants it will be able to afford it. If you are unable to finance your surgery, you may be able to find a resident clinic where prices are greatly reduced.

Matthew Schulman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 326 reviews

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