Here’s a question posed by someone on the www.realself.com website inquiring about liposuction. This person wants to know if medically necessary liposuction is ever covered by insurance?
Her question: Is Medically Necessary Liposuction.. Ever Covered by Insurance?
“I am 175, 5’6” I need lipo for my abdomen. I am not “slightly” apple shaped; I have size 6 legs and a size 16 belly. I feel it is medically necessary:
1) I have severe GERD & the weight around my midsection presses on my stomach. The GERD is always worse when I am sitting up & is often unbearable at work when I have to sit for long periods.
2) Two years ago I had vaginal reconstruction & the pressure is destroying the fix.
3) Losing weight will not correct the fat distribution. Ever covered?”
Los Molinos7923 in Los Molinos, CA
Atlanta board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stanley Okoro, provides the following response to Los Molinos 7923:
Liposuction and medical insurance
By Stanley Okoro, MD – Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
“Liposuction is considered a cosmetic procedure most of the time. It is usually not covered by medical insurance, except in certain situations such as breast reconstruction after breast cancer. Additionally, liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. However, it might benefit your situation when combined with healthy diet and exercise.”
So many people believe that being overweight can be fixed by a tummy tuck or liposuction. First you need to lose as much weight as possible and then have the tummy tuck or liposuction or a combination of both. Too many women lose a bit of weight and have the tummy tuck and still look overweight and dumpy. They become impatient and think the surgeon has a magic wand that will make them a size 4 when they’re starting out a size 12 or larger. A surgon can only remove a certain amount of fat via liposuction and can only cut off so much skin and fat before it becomes a medical disaster. You certainly don’t want to put your health at risk and no certified, qualified plastic surgeon will go beyond the usual and customary procedures and will definitely not do a procedure that will risk your health and well-being.
Get off the couch and exercise. Change your diet and lifestyle. Take responsibility for yourself, your well being and your health before going to the plastic surgeon and expecting him to be a miracle worker.
Dr. Stanley Okoro is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and his office, Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located at 1790 Mulkey Road, Suite 9B, Austell GA 30106. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact his office at 770.884.4576.