Is plastic surgery to eliminate excess skin necessary following surgery and is it covered by insurance?

Losing an excessive amount of weight often means that weight loss surgery patients are left with excess, saggy skin, which can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. Plastic surgery is available to remove this excess skin but, because this is typically considered a cosmetic surgery, it is most often not covered by insurance.

However, there are some cases in which the removal of excess skin is considered medically necessary such as when the skin is causing rashes or ongoing infection. So it’s important to check with your insurance carrier or human resources department to determine if insurance coverage might be available to you.

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