Does insurance cover employees seeking rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, improves the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty will improve cosmetic appearance, ranging from a large or crooked nose, to bumps or an asymmetric tip of the nose, or a nose that is simply too large for a person’s face.

 Sometimes, a patient is born with a less than desirable nose. Other times, it can come about as a result of an accident or traumatic event.

Unfortunately for employees in New York city, rhinoplasty is considered cosmetic surgery and insurance companies do not cover this type of procedure. However, rhinoplasty is often times combined with other medically corrective surgeries on the nose to correct a deviated septum, poor breathing, nasal fractures or chronic nasal conditions such as sinusitis. Even if cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty procedures are combined, there’s a good chance the anesthesia and operating room fees for the cosmetic portion of the procedure will still be the patient’s responsibility.

 The only exception to employee insurance coverage for cosmetic rhinoplasty is if the nasal deformity was originally caused by some kind of trauma. In situations like this, rhinoplasty is considered a restorative procedure versus a cosmetic procedure. It’s best to check with your individual provider in instances like this and seek a pre-authorization.

 If no coverage exists, cosmetic rhinoplasty can run anywhere from $7,000 and up, depending on exactly what it is that you’re seeking. It’s best to do your homework and make sure insurance coverage and surgical costs are covered as part of your discussions with possible surgeons you’re considering to use.

Author
Robert A. Guida MD

You Might Also Enjoy...

Are You Self-Conscious About Your Ears?

Any facial feature that doesn’t conform with the “norm” is fair game for teasers and bullies — especially among children. But adults can be just as cruel. If your ears are causing you grief, otoplasty can help. Here’s what you need to know.

Turn Back Time with Laser Resurfacing

Do you look older than you really are? Do you look your age but want to look younger? There’s a laser for that. Discover how a simple session with advanced technology can erase the skin issues that give way your age.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty

Whether you have sinus issues, broke your nose, or elected to change its size or shape for cosmetic reasons, rhinoplasty can fix a long list of medical and aesthetic nose problems. Here’s what happens between the surgery and full recovery.

Is a Drooping Eyelid Impairing Your Vision?

Sagging eyelids can be a cosmetic nightmare — revealing your age, smudging your makeup, and making you look perpetually sleepy. But if they’re also blocking your vision, it’s time to explore eyelid surgery.

Complications of Chronic Sinus Problems

Anyone who’s had a cold has had a stuffy nose and maybe an occasional sinus infection. But what happens if the infection keeps coming back or won’t go away? Learn the dangers of untreated chronic sinus problems and how to prevent them.

Noncosmetic Reasons to Consider an Otoplasty

If your ears are too big, stick out too far, or you just don’t like the look of them, cosmetic otoplasty can make a huge difference. But this popular plastic surgery can also solve other issues — find out why it might be medically necessary.

Our Locations

Choose your preferred location