Would insurance cover a BA if I have pectus carniatum?
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Would insurance cover a breast augmentation if I have pectus carniatum?
Thank you for the question. It will be best to check directly with your insurance company to see whether surgery to improve chest wall concerns are considered a cover benefit; in my experience, unless the chest wall concern is causing a functional problem, reconstruction of any kind is unlikely to be considered a "medically necessary" procedure.
Generally speaking, breast augmentation surgery may be a great way to help camouflage chest wall concerns/asymmetry. In other words, with a well executed procedure (carefully positioned breast implant "pocket" and careful selection of breast implant size/profile), the area of "protruding bone" will likely be covered nicely (you will find a representative case on a recent review posted to our profile: "pectus carinatum coverup").
Generally speaking, the best online advice I can give to ladies who are considering breast augmentation surgery ( regarding breast implant size/profile selection) is:
1. Concentrate on choosing your plastic surgeon carefully. Concentrate on appropriate training, certification, and the ability of the plastic surgeon to achieve the results you are looking for. ***Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work.
2. Have a full discussion and communication regarding your desired goals with your plastic surgeon. This communication will be critical in determining breast implant size/type/profile will most likely help achieve your goals.
In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. For example, I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or "C or D cup" etc means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on him who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate. Again, the use of computer imaging has been very helpful during the communication process, in our practice.
3. Once you feel you have communicated your goals clearly, allow your plastic surgeon to use his/her years of experience/judgment to choose the breast implant size/profile that will best meet your goals. Again, in my practice, this decision is usually made during surgery, after the use of temporary intraoperative sizers.
I hope this (and the attached link, dedicated to breast augmentation surgery concerns) helps. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.
Start with your insurance company
Pectus Carnatum insurance
for information purposes:
plastic surgery has two major divisions(with overlap)
1)reconstructive plastic surgery: takes abnormal to normal
2)!cosmetic plastic surgery:, takes normal to better than normal
In your case, this is where overlap can occur.
Do yo have any functional or restrictions from your chest?
If so you must see your primary care physician and get a referral.
then based upon what is found, and the surgeons report your case will be evaluated for its merritt. You can always appeal.
good luck in your journey
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Pectus carniatum and breast augmentation
A consultation with a plastic surgeon would be needed to determine if a breast augmentation would be the best treatment.
If it is, insurance may not pay. It is likely to take the position that although it is a developmental problem, the correction you want is for appearance only - not for functional reasons.
Your plastic surgeon may be willing to submit a 'pre-determination' request to your insurer but there may be a fee. Depending on whether your plastic surgeon participates in your insurance (increasing few do), you will be required to pay the full fee in advance or only do-pays and deductibles if insurance agrees to pay for the surgery. Otherwise you pay the full fee in advance, regardless.
Recovery is usually a matter of days - implants placed under the muscle cause more pain but it usually subsides by day 5. Best wishes
Insurance for pectus deformity
Sorry not to have a more favorable response for your. All the best.
Breast augmentation and pectus carinatum
It is highly unlikely insurance will cover breast augmentation for a chest wall abnormality.
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