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Tricare question! Arks Mama! ಠ_ಠ 1 child; Utah 2401 posts
8th Jan '13

Will Tricare cover a plastic surgery (Not sure if plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery would be correct..) if it's medically necessary?
..As in you have health problems that could only be corrected with surgery.
I hope I'm making myself clear enough. >< And no, i'm NOT talking about mental health, and i'm not talking about a boob job. :P

tonys_mama(army wife) 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15536 posts
8th Jan '13

From what I have heard if you are the spouse no but if you are active yes. I could be wrong though that's just what I heard.

pitbullprincess Due June 24 (girl); 65 kids; Fayetteville, North Carolina 1295 posts
8th Jan '13

tricare covers it only if say its an emergency like facial reconstruction after a wreck or something like that however that is for tricare prime only tricare standard is open game

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
8th Jan '13

I don't know, but my friend got her boob job because it causedher emotional pain. That was in 2005, so I don't know what they cover now.

Chellie 3 kids; Vegas, Nv, United States 4812 posts
8th Jan '13

It really depends on the surgery. DS1 was tongue-tied and his surgery was considered cosmetic but it was a legitimate surgery to get so insurance covered a lot of it. We didn't have tri-care though so I am not completely sure on that. However if it is medically necessary (cleft lip, tongue tie, something of that nature) then it should be partially covered I would think,

sknymnie Hubert, nc, United States 15150 posts
8th Jan '13

http://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/SeeWhatsCovered/ReconstructiveSurgery.aspx



Reconstructive Surgery



TRICARE covers cosmetic, reconstructive and plastic surgery to improve the physical appearance of a beneficiary only under the following circumstances:



  • Correction of a birth defect
  • Restoration of a body form following an accidental injury
  • Revision of disfiguring and extensive scars resulting from neoplastic surgery (i.e., surgery that removes a tumor or cyst)
  • Reconstructive breast surgery following a medically necessary mastectomy
  • Reconstructive breast surgery due to a congenital anomaly (birth defect)
  • Penile implants and testicular prostheses for conditions resulting from organic origins or for organic impotency
  • Surgery to correct pectus excavatum
  • Liposuction when medically necessary
  • Panniculectomy (tummy tuck) performed in conjunction with an abdominal or pelvic surgery when medical review determines that the procedure significantly contributes to the safe and effective correction or improvement of bodily function.


To be covered, surgeries must be performed no later than December 31st of the year following the accidental injury or surgical trauma, except in the case of postmastectomy reconstructive breast surgery or cases involving children who may require a growth period.
TRICARE does not cover cosmetic, reconstructive or plastic surgery related to:



  • Dental congenital anomalies
  • Elective correction of minor skin blemishes and marks
  • Breast augmentation
  • Face lifts
  • Reduction mammoplasties (breast reductions), except in the case of significant pain due to large breasts
  • Blepharoplasty (removal of excess skin of the eyelid)
  • Rhinoplasties (nose surgery)
  • Chemical peeling for the treatment of facial wrinkles or acne scars
  • Hair transplants
  • Electrolysis
  • Removal of tattoos
  • Liposuction for body contouring.
pitbullprincess Due June 24 (girl); 65 kids; Fayetteville, North Carolina 1295 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting khigh:" I don't know, but my friend got her boob job because it causedher emotional pain. That was in 2005, so I don't know what they cover now."


occasionally you get a cool pcm who will say that or say the husband is going to divorce his wife if she isnt given bigger boobs etc. lol sometimes it works that way not always but sometimes tho I am pretty sure OP was asking about something else

Arks Mama! ಠ_ಠ 1 child; Utah 2401 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting Jen K.:" http://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/SeeWhatsCovered/ReconstructiveSurgery.aspx Reconstructive Surgery ... [snip!] ... the treatment of facial wrinkles or acne scarsHair transplantsElectrolysisRemoval of tattoosLiposuction for body contouring."


THANK YOU! It would be liposuction..

pitbullprincess Due June 24 (girl); 65 kids; Fayetteville, North Carolina 1295 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting Jen K.:" http://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/SeeWhatsCovered/ReconstructiveSurgery.aspx Reconstructive Surgery ... [snip!] ... the treatment of facial wrinkles or acne scarsHair transplantsElectrolysisRemoval of tattoosLiposuction for body contouring."


Is there ever anything you cant find a reference too lol
I swear this girl is the real google she found me a million awesome recipes

sknymnie Hubert, nc, United States 15150 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting and then there were 3.:" THANK YOU! It would be liposuction.."

glad to help :)

sknymnie Hubert, nc, United States 15150 posts
8th Jan '13

*double post*

sknymnie Hubert, nc, United States 15150 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting pitbullprincess:" Is there ever anything you cant find a reference too lol I swear this girl is the real google she found me a million awesome recipes "

I know my way around the Tricare site :)



How was the cookie dough?

pitbullprincess Due June 24 (girl); 65 kids; Fayetteville, North Carolina 1295 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting Jen K.:" I know my way around the Tricare site :) How was the cookie dough?"


yummy as hell I used a confetti cake mix with the recipe you sent with the three different mixes had to fight off the army man so I could eat it

sknymnie Hubert, nc, United States 15150 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting pitbullprincess:" yummy as hell I used a confetti cake mix with the recipe you sent with the three different mixes had to fight off the army man so I could eat it"

sounds yummy, glad to of helped :)

pitbullprincess Due June 24 (girl); 65 kids; Fayetteville, North Carolina 1295 posts
8th Jan '13
Quoting Jen K.:" sounds yummy, glad to of helped :)"


lol I need you on standby for when google fails me