Can you pay for appearance improvements with an HSA?
Are you wondering if you can pay for appearance improvements with an HSA? You may also be wondering if this item is eligible or ineligible for use with your HSA funds, or if it qualifies for reimbursement.
No, unfortunately you can't use your HSA to pay for appearance improvements. In fact, if you do pay for appearance improvements with you HSA, you may be subject to a penalty.
More details about appearance improvementsAppearance improvements include elective products or procedures designed solely to improve the appearance of a person's face, body, or other physical features. While the term appearance improvements usually refers to plastic or cosmetic surgery, it can also refer to makeup or any other products that serve a purely cosmetic function.
Please note that it's always best to check with your HSA administrator or health insurance provider to confirm if you can pay for appearance improvements with your HSA card before making any purchases.
A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor diagnosed you with a specific medical condition or ordered a treatment, product, or prescription specifically for you, your HSA should cover it. Sometimes your HSA will even cover items that it normally wouldn't if you have a letter of medical necessity signed by your doctor. Again, you should check with your HSA administrator before any purchase if you have any questions about an item being eligible or ineligible.