What is a ‘fleur-de-lis’ abdominoplasty or significant weight loss tummy tuck?
Candidates for this surgery have lost a large amount of weight (usually more than 100lbs) or are post-bariatric patients needing a more extensive form of tummy tuck. In a ‘fleur-de-lis’ tummy tuck or post-bariatric surgery abdominoplasty, a ‘T’ incision is fashioned which extends upwards toward the belly button. This technique allows Dr. Abolmaali to address the excess skin in the upper part of the abdomen as well.
I had gastric bypass surgery. Does insurance cover my skin removal surgery?
Some health insurance plans cover part of the skin removal surgery, if you have undergone weight loss or bariatric surgery. There are stringent criteria for approval which involve a letter and photos from a plastic surgeon documenting the physical examination findings as well as stating the symptoms which necessitate the surgery.
After reviewing the documents and photos, they may approve payment for a panniculectomy, which is a limited tummy tuck. This procedure does not involve liposuction or tightening and toning of the muscles, which are the major elements of the tummy tuck.
Dr. Abolmaali patiently works with your insurance carrier to help you get approval for the procedure.