BCBS Coverage of Excess Skin Removal
I'm over 400lbs but only have stretch marks on my stomach area. I'm going to do everything thing I can to prevent having too much excess skin but I'm nervous that there is nothing I can do to prevent it.
Has anyone out there gotten Plastic Surgery for Excess Skin Removal covered by BCBS? Was it a huge fight or an easy process?
on 4/8/10 9:09 am
I first went to my PCP, and told her that I kept having rashes under my panni, that I was having back pain caused by it hanging, and it kept me from exercising to my fullest potential. I needed her to write a letter of medical necessity, and she did
Then I went to my cosmetic surgeon, and with that letter, and he submitted it witl his letter of medical necessity, and sent it off with the most embarrasing pictures ever taken of me, and was easily approved. I am currently awaiting approval of thigh lift, and I hope it goes through as easily ad the panni did.
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on 4/9/10 4:42 am
The pannus is the lowre part of the belly skin that hangs down after you lose the weight. Most insurance companies will pay por the removal of the pannus if it gets in the way of walking, or you develop a rash underneath that doesn't respond to treatment. They will only pay for the removal of the skin that hangs, between the belly button and the pubis. This surgery is called a panni.
Most of us need more than just a pannie, we need a full tummy tuck (TT). In a TT the surgeon tunnels under the skin all the way up to the breastbone and pulls it all down and removes more skin than the panni. He will also suture together muscles that have become separated by the fat. The insurance copmpany will typically NOT pay for this part, the patient has to pay the difference.