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Astegall
one year ago
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Post Bariatric Body Contouring

If I had WLS, do any providers submit to insurance to cover Post Bariatric Body Contouring surgery?

Procedure: Body Contouring
Location: Colonial Beach, VA

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Farid Mozaffari
ASPS Surgeon

Most insurance co's do not cover body contouring after massive weight loss. In order for it to be covered it has to be documented that excess skin is causing a medical problem, such as recurrent infections, that has been treated by a healthcare practitioner for more than 6 months. Even then, it is difficult to get approval for post bariatric body contouring.

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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You should call your insurance customer service line (usually listed on your insurance card). Tell them you've had weight loss surgery and now have symptoms due to your excess skin. Ask what their requirements are for coverage of post-bariatric surgery to see if you qualify. Ask for the names of plastic surgeons in your insurance network and whether you need a referral from your primary care doctor or not.

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