For many patients, a functional rhinoplasty (also referred to as a septoplasty) is essential for maintaining clear airways. This procedure differs from a cosmetic rhinoplasty, which is often performed in order to address cosmetic issues associated with the nose (such as a bulbous tip or misshapen appearance).
When it comes to a functional rhinoplasty, many clients have questions about what the procedure entails. One of the most popular questions includes concerns regarding how much of the procedure will be covered by insurance.
The answer is not a simple one, as it depends on the level of insurance coverage that you might have. However, insurance coverage is most common with the following concerns:
- Deviated Septum: This occurs when the cartilage in the nose is divided, broken, or has collapsed. A functional rhinoplasty can correct any blockage caused by the broken cartilage, as well as help clear out airways.
- Enlarged turbinates: These large yet narrow passageways in the nostrils help provide humid air to the lungs. When the turbinates become enlarged or swollen, a functional rhinoplasty can correct these issues and restore normal airflow.
- Internal/external valve collapse: These airways are often vulnerable to collapsing as a result of injury or malformation. A functional rhinoplasty can correct any issues associated with malformation, thus restoring a person’s ability to breathe normally through the nose.
If you have questions about your insurance coverage for functional rhinoplasty procedures, Dr. Correa can help you determine your level of coverage and how to get as much coverage as possible from your existing insurance policy.
To learn more about the functional rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Correa at Correa Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, TX. During your consultation, Dr. Correa will work with you to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for a functional rhinoplasty.
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