Getting Disability Payments After Cosmetic Surgery 

Did you know that it’s possible to get disability payments from the EDD after undergoing cosmetic surgery?

October 9, 2023

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Plastic surgeon holding clipboard, discussing EDD (Employment Development Department) with a patient.

While it might seem surprising, a significant number of patients have successfully secured disability insurance from the state following their cosmetic surgery. This financial support can be invaluable during the recovery period when going to work isn’t feasible. Here’s a straightforward guide to applying for benefits from the Employment Development Department (EDD) after cosmetic surgery. 

What is the EDD? 

The Employment Development Department (EDD) in California oversees the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program extends unemployment benefits to individuals who are temporarily unable to work due to various reasons, including some medical conditions. Not every cosmetic surgery patient will qualify for these benefits. Eligibility is determined by the state on an individual basis. Given the potential financial benefits, it’s a good idea to at least try.  

Steps to apply: 

  1. Collect your personal Information: This includes your Social Security number, employer’s information, and other relevant personal details. 
  1. Submit an online application: Navigate to the official EDD website for California and locate the section dealing with unemployment benefits. Follow the prompt to start a new application. Make sure to fill out all required fields and provide accurate information.  
  1. If online access is an issue, traditional paper applications can be printed, filled out, and mailed.  
  1. Medical Documentation: For our patients, we go online to submit the medical information required from our surgeon. Ask your surgeon’s office how they process EDD requests. 

After submission of your application, the EDD will review it and determine if you qualify. They might contact you for an interview or request additional documentation. It’s crucial to respond promptly. 

Claiming Your Benefits: If approved, follow the given instructions to claim your benefits. It might involve updating the department on your weekly employment status and any earned income.  

Always remain proactive in communicating with the EDD and respond promptly to any requests or notifications. 


If you’re considering cosmetic surgery but are anxious about the impact on income due to being off work, it’s worthwhile to consider applying for EDD benefits. Familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria and pay attention to the application steps carefully. If uncertainties arise, don’t hesitate to reach out to your surgeon’s office for help.  

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