Free Tummy Tuck: Is It Possible to Get One?
- 29 April 2018
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
Want to get a free tummy tuck? You’re hardly the first question to ask about that.
A tummy tuck involves the removal of loose abdominal skin, tightening of abdominal muscles, and elimination of stubborn fatty deposits to help you achieve a flatter tummy and better-looking abdominal contour and figure. No wonder a lot of people want to get this surgery for free.
But these things come with a price – a hefty price tag, in fact. Read on to find the real deal on free abdominoplasties.
No Free Tummy Tuck Available
Let’s get this out in the open once and for all – there is no free tummy tuck.
Since a tummy tuck is considered as a cosmetic procedure, you will rarely find insurance companies that are willing to cover the cost of a tummy tuck surgery.
And abdominoplasties can be costly. According to the 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average tummy tuck cost in the United States is around $5,798. In Florida medical tourism, prices can range anywhere from $2,500 to $10,500.
There are radical ways to get free abdominoplasty, such as setting up an online fundraising campaign, tapping new plastic surgery clinics and letting them operate on you in exchange for a free tummy tuck, and being a medical subject, but these methods have drawbacks.
For one, it’s hard to find people who would support a cosmetic procedure, especially if it is not medically necessary. Getting a free operation from new plastic surgery clinics in exchange for free advertisement is risky because you’re dealing with a novice plastic surgeon with very little experience. And being a medical subject of student doctors also presents the same risks.
Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of these free tummy tuck options before you commit to them.
Tummy Tuck Insurance Coverage
Even though insurance rarely covers a tummy tuck, there is an almost similar procedure that may be covered by your insurance company: panniculectomy.
A panniculectomy is a body contouring procedure that removes hanging fat and skin in the lower abdomen. Unlike a tummy tuck, however, a panniculectomy doesn’t involve muscle tightening.
Still, if the hanging skin in your midsection is causing your problems, like chafing, irritation, and infection, then you might want to consult your insurance company to know if they are covering a panniculectomy. After all, a free panniculectomy is the next best thing to a free tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Financing Options
Still want a tummy tuck that fits your budget? Don’t worry because many plastic surgeons offer financing options that will help you get a tummy tuck without burning a hole in your pocket.
Interested in our tummy tuck financing options? Schedule a Free Consultation with one of our double board-certified plastic surgeons to help you figure out how to cover your tummy tuck cost.