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Has anyone has any luck getting insurance to pay for (even partially) plastic surgery. I need a Tummy Tuck and a breast lift. I’ve lost 137lbs so it’s quite a bit of skin removal. I’ve gotten 2 quotes in the Boston area both for around 26k. Yikes! Does this seem high?

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I didn’t bother. My insurance required a year of documentation of failed treatment for infections under my hanging belly skin. Then they pay only for a panniculectomy (no muscle repair). I had a Tummy Tuck, arm lift, and breast lift/augmentation in Miami in January and paid $16,000. Prices vary wildly around the country. I would have paid $30,000-$40,000 for the same surgery in Seattle.

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no - that's pretty typical for what you'd pay in a large city. It's around what I paid in Chicago. It may be less if you were willing to go to a smaller place like Knoxville, Tennessee. Or there may be a cheaper place in western Massachusetts (far from Boston) - but I'm not sure. I've heard on this site that it's often cheaper in Miami than in other large US cities, though - maybe because it's done so often there, and there are more surgeons? Not sure why, but for whatever reason, people are getting better prices there.

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If you do look in to Miami, make sure you do your research. There are super cheap, high volume places that have high complication rates. I chose a surgeon that was on the higher end cost wise for that area but has a private practice and an excellent safety record.

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P.S. not sure if you're just getting a standard Tummy Tuck or a lower body lift (which is more expensive because they do both front and back). I got the latter in one surgery, and a breast lift and arm lift in a second surgery. I don't know what just a breast lift on its own would cost, but I can probably figure a good ballpark estimate. So for the lower body lift plus just a breast lift (no arm lift), my price would have been about $30,000, I think.

I probably could have had it done locally for less, but I wanted someone who specialized in plastic surgery for massive weight loss patients, so I had to go to Chicago for that.

Edited by catwoman7

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Because of back and other physical issues, I got a referral from pain management. I also wrote a letter stating my weight loss, the crucial role exercise plays in maintenance & the way the excess skin impedes and adds to my physical limitations.

They not only covered panniculectomy but the Abdominoplasty as well!

Best of luck

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