With rhinoplasty (nose job) becoming increasingly popular, many people wonder whether their insurance can cover the expenses. The answer, though, depends on the primary reason for the procedure:
There are dozens of possible reasons for rhinoplasty – straightening the bridge, making the nose smaller, reshaping the tip, removing a bump on the bridge, narrowing the nostrils, etc. – among which only two can be covered by insurance: turbinectomy (correcting the turbinates to improve breathing) and septoplasty (correcting a deviated septum). Both procedures are usually recommended only after conservative treatment is proved to be inefficient.
Candidates for turbinectomy and septoplasty are patients with an excessively narrow nose, deviated septum, allergies blocking the airway or enlarging the turbinates, complications from a previous rhinoplasty procedure, as well as those suffering from nasal trauma.
The average cost of rhinoplasty is about $5,000, but the real cost depends on the actual medical procedures you have to undergo. Whether your medical insurance can cover a portion of the total cost of rhinoplasty (usually a portion of turbinectomy and septoplasty) depends on whether you perform it for purely cosmetic reasons or do suffer from impaired breathing.
The growing interest in functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty raises numerous insurance coverage questions. Most policyholders wonder whether their health insurance can pay for all the aspects of such a surgery. And it is only natural since nose reshaping keeps leading the list of the top surgical procedures in the United States. Before undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, […]
Some aesthetic and medical surgeries can seem prohibitively expensive. That is why patients often rely on their insurance plans, hoping that they will not have to bear all the costs. Providers, however, hardly ever consider aesthetic reasons to be qualifying conditions for insurance coverage. Sadly, the same applies to such procedures as rhinoplasty. If you […]