Plastic surgery procedures aren’t something you typically associate with the words “affordable” or “cheap.” Unless you’re talking about back alley surgeries, of course, which you should avoid at all costs.
But there is a way to get affordable plastic surgery if you can get your insurance to cover it. Here, we’ll list some of the procedures your health insurance policy may pay for.
A deviated septum is one of the most common reasons celebrities give when asked why they got a rhinoplasty. According to WebMD, a deviated septum is a condition where the nasal septum is off-center or crooked. When the misalignment is severe enough, it can cause breathing problems, which would then require treatment.
The good news is you can get insurance to cover your nose job if you can prove it’s medically necessary. That is if you’re getting a rhinoplasty to correct impaired breathing due to a deviated septum or some other structural defect in the nose. You can also talk to your doctor to see if savings are possible when you get one surgery combining the structural and the aesthetic enhancements.
Affordable plastic surgery for sagging eyelids? Yes, it’s possible. Insurance will cover surgery for the eyelids if it’s bad enough that it obscures your vision.
This could happen if there’s extra skin that’s weighing down the eyelid or when the muscles of the upper lid have become stretched out. Of course, you’ll need to see an eye doctor and present the proper documentation before you can get coverage.
In 2003, Queen Latifah had breast reduction surgery to help get rid of shoulder and back pain. But the procedure is also recommended if you frequently get rashes in the folds of your breasts.
Now, most insurance companies will use cup size to allow or deny coverage. You have to be a DD or larger for your health insurance to kick in. Also, according to the ASPS, there’s a pre-approval process.
You’ll need to try conservative measures (e.g. massage therapy, support bras) first. And you have to get documentation from your family physician to prove that your desire for breast reduction isn’t frivolous.
After giving birth, some women get diastasis recti. It’s a common postpartum condition where there’s a gap between your right and left abdominal wall muscles, resulting in a protruding belly pooch.
The bad news is, insurance companies consider diastasis repair as a cosmetic procedure. But there are ways to get coverage for a tummy tuck – through a DIEP Flap procedure or SIEA Flap surgery.
Now, these procedures are done for reconstructing breast (or breasts) that have undergone a mastectomy. Basically, the surgeon will get skin, fatty tissue, or blood vessels from the abdomen to replace the skin and tissue removed from the breast. In both procedures, your surgeon can improve the contour of the abdomen, which can give you almost the same result as a tummy tuck.
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