When Is Rhinoplasty Medically Necessary?
Rhinoplasty is one the most popular plastic surgery procedures used to enhance the facial appearance. However, the procedure, which reshapes and resizes the nose, can also be performed for medical reasons. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami is one of the nation’s leading rhinoplasty specialists. In this blog post, he explains when rhinoplasty is medically necessary.
Understanding When Rhinoplasty Is Medically Necessary
Rhinoplasty is considered to be a medical necessity when it corrects structural defects in the nose that impair breathing. This form of rhinoplasty is typically considered only after conservative measures have failed to alleviate the breathing problem.
There are several types of rhinoplasty, including:
- Septoplasty corrects a deviated septum. The nasal septum is the internal wall of bone and cartilage that divides the nasal cavity in half. A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum is off-center, crooked or fragmented, causing breathing problems.
- Turbinectomy removes a portion of turbinates, which are long, thin bones located on the inside walls of the nose. Enlarged turbinates can obstruct the nasal airway, making it difficult to breathe.
- Turbinoplasty corrects enlarged turbinates without removing a portion of them.
Rhinoplasty has many benefits. In addition to improved breathing, many patients experience fewer headaches and cases of sinusitis. Exercise becomes more tolerable and patients can enjoy a good night’s rest without snoring caused by breathing problems.
Is Rhinoplasty Covered by Medical Insurance?
It is important to note that Dr. Ghavami’s practice is not an in-network provider contracted with any medical insurances. However, certain PPO plans will cover plastic surgery procedures that are deemed medically necessary, including rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty performed for cosmetic reasons is not covered by medical insurance. Dr. Ghavami is also pleased to offer affordable financing through CareCredit and Alphaeon, two leading healthcare financing companies that allow patients to make monthly payments that fit their budget.
Learn More from Rhinoplasty Specialist Dr. Ghavami
Whether performed for cosmetic or medical reasons, rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that requires the precision and skill of an experienced rhinoplasty specialist. Dr. Ghavami is a leading plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills who completed extensive training, including specialized training in the area of rhinoplasty, at one of the nation’s most renowned plastic surgery training programs. He also belongs to various prestigious professional organizations including the Rhinoplasty Society.
If you are considering rhinoplasty, Dr. Ghavami encourages you to visit his before-and-after gallery to view before-and-after images of his rhinoplasty patients.
To learn more about functional rhinoplasty or the other plastic surgery procedures Dr. Ghavami offers, please schedule a one-on-one consultation. Call or email his Beverly Hills office at (310) 275-1959.