One of the first questions that most women want to know about vaginoplasty before getting the procedure done is how much it’s going to cost. Today I’ll address some of the financial issues.
First, vaginoplasty is actually quite affordable. Although for many years, it’s been perceived as a procedure that only the rich and famous can afford, the operation is now within the budget of most middle-class women who need the procedure. In fact, you’ll find people from nearly every income bracket getting a vaginoplasty done.
Having said that, it’s important to remember that each patient is different, and each requires a slightly different variation on the procedure. This means there is no steadfast cost that applies to everyone. However, most surgeons will be glad to give you a specific price quote when you see them for your initial consultation.
If it so happens that your vaginoplasty is outside of your budget, there are ways of financing the operation. Most surgeons now accept major credit cards such as VISA and MasterCard, making paying for the procedure as convenient as making your card payment. Some surgeons also offer financing through reliable approved companies. Someone at your surgeon’s office will be happy to talk to you about this.
Vaginoplasty is actually a good bargain, considering what’s covered in the cost. The fee you pay will include the surgical fee, the fee for the anesthesiologist, the charge for your outpatient surgery facility,and charges associated with your post-operative care. Things not covered include x-rays, lab tests and medications.
So what about insurance? Will it pay for your vaginoplasty? The unfortunate answer is, “Usually not.” Both vaginoplasty and labiaplasty are considered by most insurance companies to be elective procedures, and elective procedures are usually not paid for by health insurance. There are exceptions, however, and you should always check in your particular case whether you can have the insurance company pay for it. And even if you get denied on your first request (as most are), be ready to write a letter of appeal and explain why you feel the procedure is necessary and not simply for cosmetic purposes. While the odds are still against you, a growing number of women are managing to get their insurance to pay for vaginoplasty in this way. You have nothing to lose by asking!