Could any of my nose reshaping be covered by UHC Choice PPO insurance w/medically necessary septoplasty & sinoplasty?(photo)
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Insurance often helps ...
See the "Web reference" link, just below my response. I made a computer morph of your nose, and an animation of the morph, to show the changes that are possible for your nose in truly expert hands.
I elevated the tip , and lowered the bump on the bridge of your nose. The airways can be addressed at the same time as the cosmetic concerns.
You should understand that the changes I demonstrated in the morph require advanced techniques, techniques that most plastic surgeons cannot handle. Be sure to read the section in the "Web reference" link on how to stay out of trouble while searching for a rhinoplasty surgeon.
Your nose is also a good example of why computer imaging is mandatory in rhinoplasty. You need to know exactly what the surgeon is planning to accomplish -- what features he'll change, and by how much he'll change them -- so you know whether it's enough to be meaningful to you, and whether he understands your wishes enough to address all of your priorities. Then, he must show you before and after photos to prove that he can actually accomplish what he draws on the computer.
Insurance coverage for septoplasty and sinus surgery
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It is common to address both cosmetic and functional sinus/nasal issues at the time of the same surgery. Many times it is at least partially covered by insurance plans but that obviously depends on each individual patient's needs and their insurance plan. I would recommend you see a Facial Plastic surgeon that is double board certified in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery as well as Otolaryngology to discuss this further.
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