4 Common Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures with Real Medical Benefits

Dec 22

4 Common Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures with Real Medical Benefits
cosmetic plastic surgery procedures

Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures with medical benefits

There are health benefits to cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.  Plastic cosmetic surgery procedures are widely known to be elective and therefore out of pocket cash expenses. However, some cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are deemed to be medically necessary and thus covered by some insurance plans.  This is not to say that most patients who choose to have cosmetic surgery do not feel that the psychological health benefits are in abundance.  Most patients have improved self-confidence, self-esteem, and pride in their physical appearance following cosmetic surgery.  We’re referring to real medical benefits that occur as a result of performing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

The most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that fall into this category:

 

1. Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is the surgery of the nose.  Patients could require the surgery for many reasons that are strictly medical.  The most apparent medical reason for nasal surgery would be following an injury to the nose.  Plastic surgeons could operate to repair the nasal cavity and restore the appearance of the nose to its state before the damage.  Some patients undergo rhinoplasty surgery due to breathing problems.  In some patients, the nasal airway is blocked and can only be surgically corrected.  Ease of breathing can be a severe medical issue.  For this reason, insurance is likely to cover rhinoplasty for patients with breathing issues.

 

2. Breast reduction

Reducing the size of a woman’s breast can be considered medically necessary.  Women with huge breast often complain of crippling pain in their neck, shoulders, and lower back.  Many complain about numbness in their fingertips and difficulty finding suitable bras and clothing.  Insurance companies realize that the pain and discomfort caused by large breast can lead to disability and the inability to exercise and maintain a healthy weight.  Although many insurance companies no longer cover brush reduction, in the specific cases where pain and discomfort are excruciating this is a medical issue.

 

3. Blepharoplasty

A plastic surgeon performs eyelid surgery on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or in some cases both areas.  In some cases, the complaint patients share with doctors includes extreme hooding of the upper eyelids. Patients must physically lift their upper eyelids with their fingers due to impaired vision.  The sagging of the eyelids when it is severe is considered medically necessary and covered by some insurance plans.  Eyelid surgery for the lower lids is more likely to be found cosmetic.  The medical necessity is more difficult to prove with lower lids.  Often patients complain about “bags” beneath their eyes.  While these show to be unsightly in most cases, it is difficult to connect them to a medically necessary surgical correction.

 

4. Post-bariatric plastic surgery

Plastic surgery following significant weight loss has become more common than ever before.  Mainly due to easier access to surgical weight loss procedures including gastric bypass and the lap band.  The concerns patients have following a weight loss surgery are mostly related to a significant amount of loose and lax skin.  When there are large amounts of skin patients could suffer from painful and itchy rashes that do not heal in the folds of the skin.  It is also common to have recurring skin infections.  Removing the large flaps of skin to eliminate recurring rashes and skin infections is a medical solution that is helpful for many post massive weight loss patients.  Insurance companies often provide coverage for these surgeries; however, working to obtain insurance approval for these procedures is quite tricky.

 

Be prepared for a long battle as a patient if you feel you have a case for possible insurance coverage for your cosmetic plastic surgery procedures due to medical necessity.  The first step is to locate a plastic surgeon who will accept your insurance and provide the necessary medical recommendations.  Initial denial by the insurance company means you must also be prepared to do your part which will include a continued conversation with the insurance company which may or may not involve an appeal.  If your condition qualifies for medically necessary plastic surgery, then you should not be discouraged, and as with any medical solution, take steps to get well.

 

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