According to the National Plastic Surgery Statistics, over 350,000 nose jobs were performed in 2020, making it the most popular cosmetic surgery of the year. This should come as no surprise, considering that the nose is at the center of the face, so any asymmetry, disproportion, or abnormal contours stand out. Unlike other facial features, the most beautiful noses are those that go unnoticed. A nose that calls attention to itself detracts from the rest of the features and negatively impacts self-esteem and confidence. Rhinoplasty is a great way to improve the nose contours or proportions for a more pleasing appearance.
The cost of a rhinoplasty surgery can be a deterrent, however, as it’s not an inexpensive procedure. Unfortunately, most insurance companies don’t cover surgeries that are purely cosmetic. But did you know that nose jobs are not just for cosmetic enhancement? They can also improve a person’s ability to breathe freely through the nose. And the good news is that when rhinoplasty is used for medical purposes, it can often be covered by insurance.
How to get rhinoplasty covered by insurance
In order to get your nose job covered by insurance, you’ll have to prove it’s needed to address functional problems that have not responded to more conservative corrections. Rhinoplasty may be deemed medically necessary, and therefore covered by insurance, if you have difficulty breathing due to:
- Nasal fracture
- Deviated septum
- Cleft palate
- Cleft lip
- Structural abnormalities
- Chronic nasal or sinus inflammation
- Misshapen cartilage
Functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty is often done in combination, altering both the interior passages and the exterior shape and contours. Cosmetic rhinoplasty can be used to enhance facial harmony by correcting:
- Nostrils that are too wide or too narrow
- Visible humps or depressions in the bridge
- Deformed nasal tip (enlarged or hooked, for example)
- Nasal asymmetry
When combining functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty, insurance typically only covers the functional portion of the procedure.
During your nose job consultation at Feel Beautiful, Dr. Laverson will perform a thorough physical examination and evaluate your breathing history in order to determine whether your nasal passages are functioning properly. It’s important that you provide him with as much information as you can about any trauma or conditions that may be the cause of your breathing problems, if you have any. If Dr. Laverson finds that your breathing function will be improved by a nose job, a pre-authorization letter can be sent to your insurance company to determine the estimate of your benefits.
The most beautiful nose depends on the most skilled and experienced surgeon
Whether you’re looking to enhance your facial aesthetics or improve your ability to breathe easily and efficiently through your nose, you’re in the right place. Dr. Laverson specializes in rhinoplasty procedures and has performed countless nose jobs, both functional and cosmetic. He is well-known for his skill, precision, and artistry, as well as his compassion and open communication. As always, Dr. Laverson and the rest of our staff at Feel Beautiful are committed to helping you look and feel your absolute best. For more information on the different types of rhinoplasty procedures, or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laverson, give us a call at (858) 295-4001 today.