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Debbie 12-17-2009 10:50 AM

Tummy Tuck After Gastric Bypass
Would it be considered customary to have a tummy tuck after gastric bypass? I am not at my goal weight but pretty darn close. only 15 pounds to go! I love having this weight gone but I feel as if I traded one problem (obesity) for necessary plastic surgery.

My insurance paid for most of the surgery but they are refusing to put any money towards my tummy tuck or thigh lift. Are they allowed to do this? I have folds of skin and I don't know how they expect me to live with them.

It's not a cosmetic thing these skin flabs are causing all kinds of problems. Getting dressed is now hard because of them. It is hard to separate the skin to clean them.

Are there any others out there in a similar situation or have gone through it already? Please give me advice about how I can get insurance to pay for the tummy tuck after gastric bypass. I've heard that it's been done before for some people.


Merry Christmas!

robyne00 12-17-2009 08:03 PM

Professionally speaking, you should be within 5 lbs. of your goal weight. Otherwise, you will have to get lipo too, which is not covered by insurance, and you can also gain the weight back.

Tummy tucks after gastric bypass surgeries are hardly ever covered by insurance, and thigh lifts are never covered by insurance following gastric bypass. This is because these procedures are strictly considered plastic surgery, regardless of how the excess skin may hamper you on a day to day basis.

You might also require an arm lift (which leaves scars) and some require a neck lift due to rapid weight loss.

If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact me. I have a great deal of professional experience with patients pre and post gastric bypass (lap band as well as roux-en-y).

How much weight did you lose? Flaunt it! Be proud!

I wish you the best of luck! :)

Debbie 12-17-2009 10:11 PM

I've lost 104 pounds now! Believe me I would love to flaunt it but I the hangy skin makes that hard. I can only wear long sleeves and pants and that works for the season but it looked sort of funny when I was doing it in August!

If insurance won't pay for a tummy tuck I don't know how I will be able to get one. My husband's hours have been cut down and I don't make much myself. In times like these it will be hard to come up with that amount of money. I feel bad because we already had to say no to our son's European trip for school. We don't have the money but if we did I would feel guilty splurging on plastic surgery.


Do you perform tummy tucks?

Dooky 12-18-2009 05:53 AM

You want to be close to your idea weight and then have a tummy tuck with liposuction as the liposuction will get you down to your ideal weight.

robyne00 12-18-2009 01:20 PM

No, I do not perform tummy tucks, but I know of several excellent surgeons. Where are you located? Are you willing to travel? Are you sure you don't need a full body lift?

Debbie 12-18-2009 02:58 PM

We live in Centerville Ohio. It's a little suburb a half hour outside of Dayton. I dont want to travel because when I finally go through with it we will need to keep costs down.

I don't know if Ive ever heard of a full body lift. Can you please tell me more about this?

robyne00 12-18-2009 03:51 PM

This link will tell you all about body lifts:

Body Lift – Upper, Mid, Lower, and Total (Full) Body Lift Surgery

la_angel 12-19-2009 02:25 PM

A good friend of mine growing up at gastric bypass shortly after graduating high school. I don't recall exactly all of the operations she had, but I do recall she underwent a tummy tuck after. Although I would consider that customary (as you mentioned) after such a significant weight loss, unfortunately insurance rarely pays :(

I am right there with you that they should be paying for tummy tucks, thigh lifts, arm lifts, and others for this circumstance. It is not cosmetic in my opinion.

However we have to work with the cards we are dealt, which is why I now advise others to set aside an appropriate amount of money to cover these operations after they lose the weight.

Debbie 12-26-2009 09:17 PM

I was very good over the holiday with my eating. I've got the gastric micro pouch which makes it hard to eat much anyway but boy, it sure gets you tipsy fast! My doc told me the alcohol is absorbed faster with it. I drank very little and tried to eat the healthiest options at the table. We cut back on giving this year and I should be able to put a little aside for my plastic surgery.

I appreciate what I'm being told about tummy tucks. Others can feel free to post opinions too. I'm really interested in knowing if there are any other ladies in my area that are in the same boat as me.

la_angel 12-27-2009 03:48 PM

Congrats on the continued success :)

It may be a good idea to price out the total tummy tuck cost now by consulting with a plastic surgeon - that way you can get a better idea of how much you will need to save. You can't rely on "average" prices, because prices can vary so much. It also won't be a bad idea to get a quote for a full body lift, as Robyne suggested.

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