Early release of Super Funds – Can I use my Superannuation for my Plastic Surgery?
Quite often patients ask us will my super pay for plastic surgery and how to go about applying for an early release of super funds to pay for their plastic surgery. This is not an unusual question, particularly for patients seeking procedures such as https://drpatrickbriggs.com.au/body-surgery/tummy-tuck-abdominoplasty/”>abdominoplasty and skin reduction after massive weight loss, breast reduction surgery or eyelid surgery.
Early Release of Superannuation Funds for Plastic Surgery is possible for some surgeries
Many patients have been able to access their accumulated funds to pay for their own life-changing surgery and this may apply in your case. However, bear in mind that there is a special government process to follow and forms that are required to be filled out, and it is not always possible. If you are considering applying for an early withdrawal of your super to help pay for your plastic surgery – here are some important things you need to know.
How do I Apply for Early Release of My Superannuation?
The application for early release of super for surgery is made through the ATO via your ‘MyGov’ account.
There are certain Super Funds that may not allow early withdrawals and the rules and regulations around super withdrawal for surgery are subject to sudden changes.
How do I know if my application for early release will be approved?
The answer to this question is that it will depend on a number of factors, including your financial situation.
If you apply for an early release of super:
- Your condition must meet certain criteria to apply for compassionate release of funds
- It is often only granted for medically necessary plastic surgery, NOT cosmetic surgery (like Breast Augmentations)
- It could take weeks for your application to be approved (around 2-3 weeks or longer)
- Your Fund provider and not the ATO may have the final say in whether or not you will be approved for early release
Early release will most likely apply to plastic surgery which is related to health concerns, such as:
- Abdominoplasty or Lipectomy after weight loss
- Breast Reduction Surgery where heavy breasts lead to physical pains and chronic skin conditions
- Body Contouring or Skin Reduction Surgery after weight loss or Bariatric Surgery
- Other Surgeries for relieving Chronic Pain conditions
When it comes to an early release of Superannuation for Surgery, some Super Funds allow early super withdrawal for procedures, however, some do not.
Can Superannuation Funds Be Used to Pay For Plastic Surgery For Younger Patients?
Typically, Australians cannot access their Super until they reach “preservation age”. This age is between 55 and 60, depending on your birth date. But, under unique and individual circumstances, the ATO will assess early access on ‘compassionate grounds’, which includes medical procedures to treat life-threatening illnesses and chronic pain.
Not all super funds permit early access of super benefits on these grounds, so you should check with your super fund before applying.
As with any financial decision we suggest you research your options and make a decision that is in your best interest.
We have also had patients make incremental payments leading up to their surgery check out our blog post explaining more – Paying For Plastic Surgery
Dr Patrick Briggs
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Dr Patrick Briggs offers not only high quality but also natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
How to Book a Consultation
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general. For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.