A 35-year-old member asked:
will insurance cover breast implants?
4 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
In certain cases: In certain cases, yes, insurance will pay for breast implants. Specifically, patients who are undergoing reconstruction following breast cancer treatment, for instance.
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Sometimes: If the implants are being use to correct a deformity such as after breast cancer then yes. For cosmetic purposes no.
Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
Implants-insurance: The only time breast implants are covered by insurance is if they are used for reconstructive purposes, e.g,, after breast removal (mastectomy) for cancer, or for a birth defect.
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
It depends: Implants for reconstructive problems, like breast reconstruction after mastectomy, would be covered. Implants for purely cosmetic concerns, like wanting a larger breast size, would not be typically covered by insurance. Best to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon about your concerns.
Last updated Oct 6, 2017
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