Can I have a tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) on the NHS?

This is very difficult to achieve as the NHS has limited funding and will allocate that funding to where there is the greatest need.

They will prioritise funding and cosmetic surgery is likely to be a long way down the list of priorities.

It is still worth checking with your GP about whether you can apply to the NHS or not.

Question 5 has more information about this.

Another option if you are looking to reduce the cost is to look at having this surgery in another country.

If you are refused then you will have to pay privately for your abdominoplasty. Your options here are to pay for the surgery yourself out of your savings or to apply for a loan. If you are looking at a loan then you have the choice of a personal loan from your bank or building society or a medical loan from a cosmetic provider. These are similar to the loans administered by the high street banks and allow you to repay on a monthly basis.

If you have private health insurance then you can check with your insurer to see if they will cover the cost. Be aware that they may adopt the same policy as in not covering surgery undertaken for aesthetic reasons. If, there is a medical reason then, like the NHS, they may pay.

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