Tummy tucks are also fraudulently billed to insurance. Insurance companies may approve the procedure for problems created by pregnancy, but most will no longer do so. In an attempt to gain insurance coverage, separation of the abdominal muscles is sometimes fraudulently called a hernia. As any general surgeon will attest, this is not a true hernia and should not be covered by insurance.
Upper eyelid surgery is another area for game playing. Surgeons fraudulently claim that the eyelid skin blocks vision. There have even been conspiracies between ophthalmologists who have documented impaired visual fields and plastic surgeons who have performed the insurance-covered eyelid lifts.
Even more heinous are the surgeons who perform liposuction and bill insurance companies for excision of "multiple lipomas." Some even try to bill insurance for breast augmentations, claiming the surgery was a breast reconstruction.
Find out more about this book:Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)