Is rhinoplasty ever medically approved? My son just turned 15 and has broken his nose twice in school sports. Now he seems to breathe quite noisily and has a runny nose most of the time. This seems like a medical problem. Would these problems be addressed with rhinoplasty?
Hi. Good question. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is just that – cosmetic. However, often functional changes for breathing may also be necessary. The functional portion of the rhinoplasty, such as septoplasty or turbinate reduction should be covered by insurance. If so, then a part of the hospital fees and anesthesia fees should also be covered by insurance. If the problems are purely functional then the entire nose surgery should be covered by insurance but in my practice most patients are seeking cosmetic improvements as well so there is almost always out of pocket expenses as well. Occasionally the entire surgery is covered by insurance but that is a rare scenario and happens only a handful of times per year. Runny nose may be a medical issue requiring medical management with allergy medications or nasal steroid sprays but turbinate reduction may or may not improve a runny nose if its “runny” because of blockage internally.