Will an insurance company cover a nasal valve collapse from a previous rhinoplasty?
Will Insurance Cover a Nasal Valve Collapse After Rhinoplasy?
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Health insurance and cosmetic surgery
Pablo Prichard, MD
Most insurance plans do not cover complications from cosmetic surgery
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.
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.
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Will insurance cover nasal valve collapse from prior rhinoplasty
Whether your insurance will cover surgery to repair valve collapse after prior rhinoplasty depends a lot on your insurance. Your surgeon should be able to contact your insurance company to get pre-authorization to see if it is covered or not.
Insurance coverage for nasal valve collapse post rhinoplasty
Correction of a collapsed nasal valve may be covered by your health insurance.
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".
Hope this helps.
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.
Nasal valve collapse
Most insurance companies will cover airway breathing difficulties..but not all. You should check with your insurance company.
Will Insurance Cover Correection of Nasal Valve Collapse?
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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