Will Insurance Cover a Nasal Valve Collapse After Rhinoplasy?

Will an insurance company cover a nasal valve collapse from a previous rhinoplasty?

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Health insurance and cosmetic surgery

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Everyone's health insurance policy is different, however, in general, most health insurance plans do not cover any complications resulting from a cosmetic procedure. You have to read the fine print of your individual plan. It doesn't hurt to try and bill health insurance since they do cover these issues sometimes. However, there are very reasonable priced cosmetic insurance plans that can be purchased prior to your cosmetic procedure that cover complications resulting from the cosmetic procedure. Your plastic surgeon can give you information on these plans that are sold by a separate company. You can also ask your plastic surgeon if you are at increased risk of having a complication and thus worth the extra expense of obtaining the policy.
Best wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD


Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Most insurance plans do not cover complications from cosmetic surgery

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Most insurance companies do not cover complications related to cosmetic surgery.  Read through your medial insurance booklet to identify exemptions and services not covered by your plan.  Nasal valve collapse is best treated with spreader grafts composed of nasal cartilage.  If there is insufficient nasal cartilage available for use, then ear cartilage is the preferred alternative.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Not likely

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If your nose was damaged from the car accident and not from the rhinoplasty then they might cover the procedure, otherwise it would be unlikely that they would cover the procedure.

Lane Smith, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Correction of a collapsed nasal valve may be covered by your health insurance.

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In general, nasal valve collapse after rhinoplasty surgery is a condition where your upper lateral cartilage is too close to your septum. Definitive surgical correction may involve using a cartilage spreader graft that may be placed between your septum and upper lateral cartilage, and sutured in place. If this is necessary, you may want to have your surgeon's staff call your insurance to check benefits and get "pre-approval".

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Good Luck

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Although insurance companies may cover breathing problems, if this is because of a cosmetic rhinoplasty, you will probably have a lot of trouble getting coverage.

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Most insurance companies will cover airway breathing difficulties..but not all.  You should check with your insurance company.

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Most insurance companies will cover surgery to correct the functional problems cause by a nasal valve collapse. Your surgeon can contact your insurance for pre-op approval.

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