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Are cosmetic procedures eligible for flex spending accounts?

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As of 2015, money in a flex spending account does not cover the cost of elective cosmetic procedures that are not necessary for medical or health reasons, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Cosmetic surgery procedures needed to correct a physical deformity or treat an illness are deemed eligible.

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Breast reconstruction surgery as a result of cancer and the correction of a cleft palate are considered examples of qualified medical expenses potentially covered within a flex spending account, according to the IRS. Cosmetic enhancements that have no bearing on health, such as hair replacements or face lifts, are not covered.

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