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2024 UPDATE:

Transgender body surgery now covered by insurance

Covered procedures

Body feminization surgery is now covered by insurance at Dr. Rahal’s practice. This includes breast and body sculpting procedures. 

The best procedure to get hourglass curves is 360 Lipo with fat transfers to the thighs.

How body feminization is done

The main procedure for body sculpting is 360 degree liposuction, or 360 Lipo, with fat transfer. Eight areas around the lower and upper back are liposuctioned to create smooth hourglass shape.

These are key steps in body feminization: 

  1. Liposuction of the upper and mid back is done for the top of the hourglass.
  2. The waist is brought in, removing as much fat as possible.
  3. Fat around the pelvic bone area is removed to change the body’s shape from square to curvy.
  4. Fat is added to the outer thighs, which creates more of an hourglass silhouette. 
  5. Optional: fat can be transferred to the buttocks with a natural result.

Dr. Rahal is one of the top body surgeons in Beverly Hills. He has many years of experience with transgender patients. He is known for his amazing results when it comes to body sculpting with 360 Lipo and fat transfer. Patients know and love him for his patient care and wonderful bedside manners. 

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The office Space

Dr. Rahal took a lot of care in creating his office. Surgery can be intimidating, so the goal was to create a beautiful space where patients feel inspired and comfortable

Dr. Rahal’s surgery center and recovery center are in the same building, which gives patients comfort and convenience. The surgery center has the highest safety standards and credentials. 

Although the practice is based in Beverly Hills, patients come from all over the United States and internationally. Even if you live out-of-state, your insurance may cover this surgery with Dr. Rahal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I get started on seeing if my insurance is approved?

There is a form below. Please fill it out. You will then get an email with instructions to submit your insurance information. You will be notified within 5 to 10 business days when it is approved. You will also get a call or text from our friendly staff to help you with this process and answer any further questions.

Which body procedures are now covered by insurance?

360 Lipo, breast augmentation with implants, fat transfer to the breast, fat transfer to the buttocks and hips/Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). A BBL can appear smaller, natural, or dramatic, depending on what the patient wants.

When will I find out if my insurance is approved?

Approval usually takes just 5 to 10 business days from the day you submit your information. You can submit your information today by filling out the form below then following the instructions in the confirmation email that you receive.

What if I live out-of-state or out-of-town?

Dr. Rahal works with patients all over the United States. You can start by doing a virtual consultation. If you decide to move forward with surgery, you will have an in-person consultation the week of your surgery. You will want to plan to stay in Los Angeles for about 7 to 9 days following your surgery. Then you can take a flight or car trip home. Our staff is happy to recommend nearby hotels to stay at, or you can get an Airbnb. 

You will either be able to return to your hotel the day of surgery or be required to stay at an aftercare facility for one night. Whether you need aftercare depends on your medical history and other factors, such as your BMI and how many procedures you are doing at once.

Is there an age or weight limitation?

There is no age limitation. In terms of weight, this procedure can be done on petite patients or patients with BMIs up to 40. For petite patients, Dr. Rahal is very skilled at extracting fat. Only in extreme situations does Dr. Rahal suggest a patient gain a small amount of weight, 5 lbs or so. 

Are there limits on feminizing the body with 360 Lipo and fat transfer?

Dr. Rahal points out that the answer to this question is about anatomy and applies to every patient he sees, not just transgender patients. 

The approach to it is always the same. He takes out fat from 8 areas of the body in order to create smooth curves. He removes all the fat from the waist and many other parts of the body so that there is only skin left. Then he adds volume to the thighs, and buttocks if the patient wants. This creates a beautiful hourglass figure.

What if I am getting another type of surgery, how long will I have to wait?

You want to plan your surgeries to be at least 3 to 4 months apart. Dr. Rahal will give you more guidance during your consultation.

Recovery, Pain, and Sleeping

What’s recovery like? 

Plan for one week off. You will be fully recovered in about one month. It takes 3 to 6 months to see your final result. Results are permanent. 

Is it painful?

Stronger pain will last for 1 to 3 days after surgery and milder pain will last for the remainder of the week. You will have medicine to tolerate this pain. Patients find the pain tolerable with the medicine. For some patients only Tylenol is enough even for the first days of recovery. Others use a stronger pain killer for the first 1 to 3 days. 

How do I sleep or sit if I get a BBL?

For 360 Lipo and BBL, you will want to sleep on your stomach for the first two weeks after your surgery. 

If you get a BBL and a breast procedure, you will want to sleep on your back but offset pressure on the buttocks at the same time. There are special inflatable beds available, or you can put pillows under your lower back and thighs so that there is no direct pressure on your buttocks.In terms of sitting, you will want to not sit directly on your buttocks for two weeks after surgery. You can use a BBL pillow during this time.

What if my insurance is not approved or I do not have any?

There’s a reasonable chance that your insurance will approve these procedures. This includes if you are under a parent or legal guardian’s insurance.

If it does not, you still have the option to have surgery with Dr. Rahal. It would be with regular payment and/or financing. Pricing will be discussed on the phone prior to meeting with the doctor.

What if I have more questions?

Dr. Rahal’s staff is ready to answer all your questions on the phone. Please submit the contact form below and you will be contacted. You can also call (424) 512-1904. If our staff is helping another patient when you call, please leave a voice message.

Ready to get your hourglass figure?

Click here, or scroll down to the bottom of this page to take the first easy steps of seeing if your insurance covers these procedures with Dr. Rahal.

Alternatively, a list of frequently asked questions has been prepared below to help cover many of your questions.

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