It’s been the topic of choice on many military wives communities…the infamous question! “Can military wives get breast implants for free”? Now on the Army Wife 101 fan page we have had this discussion before, but it has since come up so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss again.
I’ve seen every answer imaginable but here are the most popular ones:
*I have friend who knew a girl who knew a wife who knew an ex-wife who got hers done and all she had to do was say she has low self esteem
* You are entitled to one free plastic surgery while your husband is active duty
* A friend of mine knew someone at the hospital so I got put on the list easier
* You can get the surgery if you pay for the implants and anesthesia
People please understand yes there are people who have gotten boob jobs through the Army. Many of them were enlisted and the surgery was for specific reasons. Then there are those wives who have slipped through the cracks at a time when many of the Army’s training hospitals were allowing some cosmetic procedures to be performed so that plastic and reconstructive surgery can be learned. There are spouses who have had their breast size reduced due to chest and back pain.You also have spouses who maybe have suffered from severe cosmetic deformities or very small chest which causes body/image issues and have been approved after a series of psychological and mental evaluations and consultation with a surgeon who would need to approve the procedure. Another reason one might be approved easily is for disfigurement due to a mastectomy or weight loss after surgery. Even these procedures take time to get proper approval.
So for those who insist that the military is giving away boob jobs like Halloween candy , you are mistaken. For those who swear they know someone who received implants because all she did was go to the doctor and say I have low self esteem, best believe there is more to the story then you are being told. Don’t get me wrong I am sure there are a fair share of those who have slipped though the cracks, but 95% of the time that is not the case.
Because I know that my word isn’t the final say and their will be those of you who want proof below is the official regulation on cosmetic procedures via the Tricare website with the link at the end for you to refer back too.
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
- Removal of tattoos
- Liposuction for body contouring.
Official link on Tricare site
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