Poughkeepsie Residents Ask: Is Rhinoplasty Covered by Insurance?

People opt to have rhinoplasty surgery done for a number of different reasons. More commonly called a “nose job”, rhinoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons, such as changing the shape of the nose or balancing the symmetry of the face, even reducing the size of the nostrils, removing an unsightly hump in the bridge of the nose or re-shaping an elongated or overly large tip.

Rhinoplasty may also become a necessary operation performed to improve the function of the nose or to facilitate easier breathing. Sometimes rhinoplasty is the only option available to repair disfigurement caused by trauma or a birth defect.

Are You Considering Rhinoplasty?

All surgeries are serious and should be given careful consideration before deciding to proceed. This is especially true when considering rhinoplasty, and it’s vitally important to schedule a consultation with the surgeon before making any final decisions.

This allows the surgeon the time to evaluate your facial structure, your overall health, and medical history and to help you make sure your expectations are realistic. This is also the time your surgeon can take the time to explain any risks and go over the expected recovery time and cost that may be involved.

So don’t underestimate the importance of an initial consultation. Whether you’re considering rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, or to correct something physical to

Improve the function of the nose, a consultation is the perfect setting to ask any questions and voice any concerns.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost of rhinoplasty varies widely, depending on where you choose to have it done. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics, the cost of a rhinoplasty procedure in 2017 averaged about $5,125, just for the operation itself.

This figure doesn’t include any related expenses, such as operating room costs or anesthesia. These additional expenses can sometimes drive the cost close to or even over $10,000 in some cases.

Which almost always leads to the all-important question on the mind of most patients…”Is my rhinoplasty covered by insurance?”

While there may be exceptions to most rules, for rhinoplasty procedures, it almost always boils down to the reason for the surgery. If it’s considered purely cosmetic, chances are high that your insurance company will not cover it.

On the other hand, if you’re having rhinoplasty done as a matter of necessity, such as a structural problem or deformity causing difficult breathing, many insurance companies will cover the cost of the surgery (minus your deductible in most cases).

Discuss the issue you’re having with your surgeon, who can help you determine if your case may qualify to be covered by insurance.

Final Thoughts

Don’t let cost be the determining factor in whether or not you have rhinoplasty done, especially if there’s something about your nose you’re truly unhappy about. Even if your insurance will not cover it, you can explore some of the financing options available to you.

All it takes is a phone call to our office and we can schedule a consultation with the surgeon to discuss a rhinoplasty procedure that could make a huge difference in the way you feel about how you look or the ease with which you can breathe. Contact us today and we’ll help you get started!