Q: Hello, I read about the Patriot Plastic Surgery Program on your website and have a few questions. I was wondering if that included the National Guard as well. I am in the Army National Guard and I am being deployed next summer. I was looking to have a tummy tuck done before my deployment so I would have time to get back in shape. I have lost around 50 lbs from the birth of my daughter and have the excess skin that needs to be removed. I would appreciate any information you may have about the Patriot Plastic Surgery Program. Thank you so much for your time.
A: The Patriot Plastic Surgery program is for all members of the Armed Services and their immediate families. It provides some financial relief for those desiring many popular cosmetic surgery procedures. The costs of surgery are both fixed and variable. The fixed costs of any surgery are the fees associated with the use of the operating room, anesthesia charges, and the costs of any implants used. The only variable fee in cosmetic surgery is what the plastic surgeon chooses to charge for his/her professional time. Dr. Eppley makes an adjustment in his surgical fees to provide some well deserved financial relief for those who qualify for the program.
Many members of the Armed Services have taken advantage of the program since its inception in 2009. Given the young age of most program participants, the most popular procedures include tummy tuck and liposuction, breast reshaping, and rhinoplasty and otoplasty.
Dr. Barry Eppley