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Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredOnly functional rhinoplasty surgery may be covered by insurance. Difficulty breathing may be associated with septal deviation and/or turbinate hypertrophy. Trauma to the nasal area leading to nasal fractures may also be covered. In general, health insurance will not cover cosmetic surgical procedures that simply change or improve appearance.
Jeremy Warner, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystemIf you have had a significant nasal trauma in the past, it is possible that insurance may cover corrective nasal surgery for breathing and appearance. However, in most cases, insurance will not cover rhinoplasty to change the appearance of your nose, especially if you have no history of trauma. Make an appointment and ask your doctor if there are any questions - he or she can help you figure this out.