There are plenty of medical procedures that can be covered by insurance, but plastic surgery operations don’t typically qualify. Believe it or not, there are actually a handful of plastic surgery procedures that insurance companies are more likely to cover because they can resolve legitimate health issues as well.
Insurance will not cover the expense of increasing your bust size for cosmetic reasons, but if you need to undergo breast reconstruction to address functional disabilities and deformities, insurance needs to help out. Most women choose to undergo breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, though it is also sometimes needed to recover from a faulty breast augmentation.
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the stomach region, restores weakened and separated ab muscles, and creates an abdominal profile that is firmer, smoother, and younger. Many women opt for tummy tucks after pregnancy, but insurance will not cover the surgery when it is only for cosmetic reasons. However, there are some instances in which a tummy tuck can be completed in conjunction with breast reconstruction because skin and fatty tissue is transferred from the stomach to the breasts. Insurance will often cover the procedure since it was a result of another medically necessary operation.
Gynecomastia, the condition of enlarged breasts on men, is a very common condition that begins at puberty and becomes worse with age and weight gain. In fact, up to 50 percent of men in the U.S. struggle with gynecomastia. In addition to the embarrassment that it causes, gynecomastia might also lead to pain, infections, and emotional issues. If the health impacts of “man boobs” are severe, insurance will consider covering the surgery to have them removed.
Dr. William Adams is St. Petersburg’s premier plastic and reconstructive surgery specialist, and he is ready to help you achieve your ideal body image through the best and most efficient plastic surgery methods. With any luck, your insurance will cover your costs! Call (727) 328-2299 to schedule your free consultation today.