Does Insurance Cover Plastic Surgery Procedures? Exploring the Facts

By: Dr. Jose Rodriguez


 Dr. Jose Rodriguez, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 

Does Insurance Cover Plastic Surgery Procedures? 

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more people seeking to enhance their appearance or correct certain physical features. However, one common concern among individuals considering plastic surgery is the cost. 

Many wonder if their insurance will cover the expenses associated with these procedures. While insurance coverage for plastic surgery varies depending on the specific procedure and insurance provider, it is important to understand the general guidelines. 

Insurance companies typically consider plastic surgery procedures to be elective, meaning they are not medically necessary. As a result, most insurance plans do not cover the costs of these procedures. 

However, there are exceptions to this general rule. In some cases, insurance may cover plastic surgery procedures if they are deemed medically necessary. This usually applies when the procedure is performed to correct a functional impairment or to alleviate physical pain. 

For example, a breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance if it is necessary to relieve back or neck pain caused by excessively large breasts. Similarly, a rhinoplasty (nose job) may be covered if it is required to improve breathing problems caused by a deviated septum. 

It is important to note that even when insurance does cover a plastic surgery procedure, there may still be out-of-pocket costs involved. These costs can include deductibles, copayments, and any expenses associated with the procedure that are not deemed medically necessary. 

If you are considering a plastic surgery procedure, it is crucial to consult with your insurance provider to determine if coverage is available. You may need to provide documentation from your surgeon supporting the medical necessity of the procedure. 

Additionally, it is advisable to consult with a  plastic surgeon like Dr. Jose Rodriguez, who can guide you through the insurance process and provide an accurate assessment of your coverage options. 

In conclusion, while insurance coverage for plastic surgery procedures is generally limited, there are circumstances in which coverage may be available. It is important to thoroughly research your insurance plan and consult with your provider to understand the specific guidelines and requirements. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.