I knew I had insurance coverage for it, and was curious to see if they would cover mine. Encountered a LOT OF naysayers. I had to basically nag my Primary Care physician to even put in the referral because she "hated to see people get their hopes up". I refused to give up! Insurance APPROVED a panniculectomy on the first try.
Even though I wanted to, I could not afford to pay the difference for a full tummy tuck. No matter! Love, Love, LOVE my results so far. The surgeons office staff led me to believe that I "wouldn't get the results" I was looking good for if I didn't pay the excess for muscle plication and a new belly button, but that wasn't at all the case. Dr. Fallucco knows his stuff, and gave me a new belly button anyway. Even though the procedure isn't performed for cosmetic reasons, a good plastic surgeon is not going to leave you with results that are less than aesthetically pleasing. He did an excellent job.