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Can I take sick leave to recover from plastic surgery? Is that considered legitimate sick leave?

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No one knows the reason if you don’t tell them 🤷🏻‍♀️

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the plastic surgery is really obvious lol

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I'm curious... What did you have done? Any plastic surgery "could" qualify as medically necessary for a myriad of different reasons. Take the time and have the Dr sign off on it.

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breast implants and my doctor said i need a week of bed rest

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You do not need to give a diagnosis for taking sick leave. Whether it’s medically necessary, or covered by insurance, is irrelevant. HIPAA prohibits your employer from requiring that you divulge your health issues. They can ask...but you’re not required to tell. “I need to take sick leave, die to a medical issue”, is all you need. If they ask for documentation from your physician, all they need to say is “Mr/Ms Smith needs to recuperate for a period of X-Y days, due to a medical issue”.

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Yes of course

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When I did breast reduction, I took FMLA for three weeks. You should be able to do the same. Reach out to your HR. You don’t have to divulge much information, they are really great to figure things out from this front.

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If it’s medically necessary, it’s permitted.

From what I've read, if is purely cosmetic, it isn't covered by medical leave. But if there is an underlying medical reason, it would qualify. This is also how FSA eligiblity is. If you just need 1-2 sick days, I would use them personally. I mean you could probably go back to work, but mentally and physically you just don't feel as great as you expected. Obviously it isn't strictly ethical since you preplanned and do it to yourself. Also not strictly ethical, but if the procedure was done by a normal doctor (not a plastic surgeon), I'd just get a note excusing me for X days and take medical. I'm sure most people don't even think to ask, and HR doesn't ask because of privacy concerns. So maybe just don't question it, and if HR approves, great. If they don't, take PTO days.

Can't you just claim mental distress at your previous appearance to get that covered? Call it appearance confirmation surgery.

No one will know till we are all on zoom. So one day it will be a surprise! 😀

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