Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics provide nose surgery (rhinoplasty) for patients residing in Syracuse as well as the surrounding communities of Central New York including Ithaca and Rochester.
Will my insurance cover the nose surgery?
There is some variation in coverage policy between the individual insurance plans. In general, if the patient is having a problem breathing through their nose, or just recently broke the nose, the nose surgery should be covered by insurance.
What is considered Medical-necessity (insurance covered)?
- Nasal airway obstruction that is not improved with medical treatment.
- Recent trauma resulting in a broken nose. (Please bring your medical record including imaging studies)
- Broken nose from many years ago resulting in nasal airway obstruction
What is considered Elective (self-pay including the facility and surgeon’s fees)?
- Improving the appearance of the nose
- Broken nose from many years ago without medical documentation at the time of trauma.
- Crooked nose without any obstructive nasal airway problem.
How does one determine whether rhinoplasty will be covered by insurance?
For patients presenting with nasal airway obstruction, comprehensive medical evaluation should be performed to confirm the diagnosis that the nasal airway problem is structural in nature. Common causes of nasal airway obstruction include environmental allergies, non-allergic rhinitis, and pregnancy. For these problems, nasal surgery should not be considered as the initial treatment.
All other options should be considered first before surgery is offered as the treatment option. These include nasal steroid spray, allergy medications (such as Zyrtec or Claritin), and/or avoidance of allergic irritants (identified from allergy test). Patients should also try the Breathe-Right Strip at night time and/or during exercise to determine whether the collapse of the nasal structure is the main problem.
Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.