6. Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)
Large and heavy breasts can cause many painful and uncomfortable medical issues. The weight of large breasts can cause strain to back and neck muscles. Large breasts can hinder physical activity due to pain and discomfort. Furthermore, rashes, infections, and skin issues can develop beneath the breasts. Insurance companies may pay for surgery to provide relief, but they may first require a patient to attempt other methods of relief. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you may need documentation from a chiropractor, dermatologist, or orthopedist before surgery is approved.
5. Excess Abdominal Skin Removal (Panniculectomy)
Once you’ve dropped the pounds, major weight loss can leave behind droopy folds of saggy abdominal skin and fatty tissue. United Healthcare states that a panniculectomy is considered medically necessary if certain criteria are met. First, the panniculus, or fold of skin, must hang at or below the joint connecting the pubic bones. Second, the panniculus must cause certain skin conditions such as sores or infections. Third, the excess skin must interfere with daily activities and normal function. Finally, the goal of the proposed surgery must be an improved ability to perform daily activities.
4. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck differs from a panniculectomy in that your surgeon removes fat as well as excess skin. Furthermore, this procedure involves tightening the abdominal muscles beneath the layer of fat. This operation is generally considered cosmetic, even in the case of stretched abdominal muscles and skin following pregnancy. However, following a mastectomy, your physician may remove skin, blood vessels, and fatty tissue from your abdomen to use to reconstruct your breasts. Procedures that transfer tissues from the abdominal area to the breast area include a SIEP flap and a DIEP flap.
3. Butt Lift
Contouring the buttocks is a cosmetic procedure. However, breast reconstruction following a mastectomy may include removing tissue from the buttocks to form new breast tissue. Of course, it is far preferable not to have to endure the pain, stress, and worry of breast cancer. If you are feeling dissatisfied with your derriere, Fitness Magazine has tips for a 7-Minute Workout: Booty Boot Camp. This workout includes exercises like squats, butt kicks, butt lifts, and leg lifts to strengthen and tone your leg and gluteal muscles.
2. Bunion Surgery
While wearing poorly fitting shoes can contribute to the formation of bunions, this condition is also hereditary. Your pretty sandals may not look as lovely if you suffer from the knobby bump and characteristic angled big toe of bunions. However, this foot deformity is more than just a cosmetic problem. Many insurance companies will pay for bunion surgery when the bunion is accompanied by pain, balance problems, and difficulty walking. If you suffer from a bunion on one or both feet, you may have trouble finding shoes that will fit properly, making the problem even worse.
1. Varicose Veins
The ropy, purplish, bulging veins that sometimes appear on the legs may also be more than just a cosmetic problem. These unsightly veins are caused by weakened valves in your blood vessels. Weak valves prevent your blood vessels from getting your blood back up to your heart from your lower legs. As blood collects in your blood vessels, they can become stretched and twisted. Insurance companies may pay to fix this medical problem when varicose veins cause pain, swelling, and pooling of blood in the veins.Related: 13 Home Remedies for Varicose Veins That Really Work