Early release of Super funds – Can I use my Super for my plastic surgery?
Early Release of Super Funds for Plastic Surgery
Many patients ask us about applying for an early release of super funds to pay for their plastic surgery. It is not an uncommon question, especially for patients seeking procedures such as skin reduction after extreme weight loss or bariatric surgery, breast reduction surgery, corrective rhinoplasty or eyelid surgery.
Many patients have been able to access their accumulated Superannuation Funds to pay for their own life-changing surgery. However, keep in mind that there is a special government process to follow and special forms to fill out, and it is not always possible. If you are considering applying for an early withdrawal of your super to help fund your plastic surgery – here are some important things you need to know.
How do I Apply for Early Release of My Superannuation?
Applications for early release of super for surgery are made through the ATO via your ‘MyGov’ account.
Your Super Fund 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 of Super 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 Super Fund provider 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
- Corrective Rhinoplastyafter a nose injury or breathing problem
- 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 your Superannuation Fund be used to pay for your Plastic Surgery?
In most cases, Australians cannot unlock their Super until they reach ”preservation age”. This age is between 55 and 60, depending on your birth date. But, under exceptional 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.
Need help applying for surgery? – Supercare will assist your application process for a fee.
Want more information about Plastic Surgery?
- You can also talk to a Patient Care Team to answer your questions from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1444
- Attend a Monthly Patient Information Evening Event
- For more information about Pricing and Payment methods of your Surgery, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
- Visit the FAQs pages and patient reviews to learn more
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your consultation with Dr Rubinstein
- A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential
- Dr Rubinstein’s Consultation fee is $200 for a virtual consultation and $300 for an in-person consultation
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
*Disclaimer: Information about payment methods and early Super release on our surgery website are for general information and discussion purposes only. This information has been compiled without taking into account your personal situation, financial needs or responsibilities. Before acting on information about funding your plastic surgery procedure or payment methods, you should carefully consider its appropriateness, with regard to and professional advice about your individual financial situation and needs. The information on this website is also no substitute for financial advice and is subject to change.