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Cost of rhinoplasty, any chance for insurance coverage?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23285 points ) August 17th, 2010

I have a deviated septum. I had sinus surgery when I was 18 to remove an infected maxillary retention cyst and subsequent scar tissue… but nothing was done about my septum. To the best of my knowledge the deviation is minor.
What are the odds of having any part of a rhinoplasty covered by insurance? What is the average cost without insurance? The truth is that I just despise my nose…. just grasping at straws, here.

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meagan's avatar

Hello, fellow deviated septum-sister!

I had mine fixed when I was sixteen. And let me tell you, it was PAINFUL.
I’d really reconsider it. I’m not sure about the cost and insurance coverage because my parents paid for it. But I can let you know that the surgery doesn’t take long, but the recovery is really a pain.

Before I had my nose fixed, there was a bone in my nose that would literally pop out of place and cause me EXTREME pain to the point of tears. Unless your nose is causing you physical harm, I would say not to do anything about it.

After I had my surgery my nose looked completely different. I didn’t have a rhinoplasty, which I’m pretty sure is where they reshape your nose. But even though they didn’t reshape it or do any kind of cosmetic surgery, my nose looks completely different. I hate how my new nose looks and I’d give anything to have it back to my old self.

I think getting your septum fixed is a septoplasty, which is totally different than rhinoplasty.
Rhino. probably won’t be covered by your insurance, seeing as its basically cosmetic. But if you have x-rays done of your nose, and theres a clear problem, maybe insurance will do it.

Oh, and to wrap it up, years later my nose is back to bothering me. Don’t get me wrong, for a while after surgery I could breathe so much clearer, but now I’m back to my old self. No broken bone popping in my nose, but I’m still having breathing problems.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

That was what I expected to hear.

I don’t want a septoplasty, my septum doesn’t give me any trouble. I don’t have a bump in my nose or breathing issues.

Rhinoplasty is definitely what sounds good… I just thought I’d throw it out there.

Thank you :)

Seaofclouds's avatar

I don’t think it would be covered. Did your previous surgeries leave your nose misshaped at all? If so, maybe you could use that as part of the reasoning behind it and see what the insurance company says from there. They may still say no, but it might be worth a shot.

trailsillustrated's avatar

it’s 2–5$ thousand depending where you get it done. Rhinoplasty is considered cosmetic and not covered, unless done like say after an accident or something like that. I had it when I was 16 and it changed my life. Like I said before, all plastic surgery is way more painful and takes way longer to recover from than you are told in the consultation. Good luck, you will not be able to have the shape or look of your nose changed under insurance, unless you are in the uk and have a mental health case because of it and even then it’s a maybe.

CMaz's avatar

Deviated septum, yes. Insurance will pay for it. That being a medical condition.

How much depends on how your insurance company plays it. Could be on a scale.

My ex had here deviated septum taken care of. It was like $500 out of pocket.

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