Can cosmetic procedures in Plano and Dallas, Texas be covered by insurance plans?

Patients in the Dallas and Plano, Texas area interested in undergoing cosmetic procedures are often concerned about the cost of their treatment. At DSA Dermatology, our staff works with individuals to make treatments attainable for most budgets. The front office staff is knowledgeable in working with health insurance plans and applying coverage. However, it is important for patients to know what their insurance plan will cover in terms of esthetic procedures.

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Are cosmetic procedures covered by health insurance?

In most cases, health insurance plans will not cover elective procedures. Procedures that are performed strictly for cosmetic purposes are not usually covered by most insurance companies. However, if services are being performed for the treatment of a medical condition, coverage may apply. For instance, patients interested in a chemical peel can use them to address conditions such as rosacea or acne. In this case, coverage may apply. Individuals using chemical peels strictly for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles or poor texture and tone may not be able to apply health insurance benefits. Our staff is well-versed in handling insurance plans and can walk patients through the process.

 

What procedures may be covered by health insurance?

Procedures that are performed for the treatment of the following medical conditions may quality for coverage through many insurance plans:

  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Skin cancer

Work with our staff today to learn more

Health insurance plans typically do not cover cosmetic procedures, but this doesn’t mean that treatments are out of reach. We encourage patients to work with our front office team to discuss possible payment plans to help in reducing the burden of cost of quality cosmetic procedures. Our team can be reached by phone at (972) 362-9567 and our practice is conveniently located at 4010 West Park Boulevard in Plano, Texas.

Evidence-based repellent recommendations for kids

(Dermatology times/May 06/2016)

 

Bernard Cohen, M.D., professor of pediatrics and dermatology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., says CDC, FDA, EPA and the American Academy of Pediatrics are generally aligned on repellent recommendations for children.

 

“I think that most people would agree that DEET is the most effective mosquito repellent,” Dr. Cohen says. “But if you increase the concentration above 30% or 40%, you really don’t increase the efficacy in terms of how effective it is and how long the product lasts.”

 

For safety and efficacy reasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children use DEET products with concentrations no higher than 30%, according to Dr. Cohen. The length of time for effective coverage is about four hours (up to five hours), before the need to reapply.

 

For those concerned about using DEET-containing products on children, Dr. Cohen recommends repellants containing from 10% to 15% of the active ingredient picaridin. It’s not quite as effective and long-lasting as DEET, he says. But it’s close and is a good alternative to DEET repellants.

 

Other recommendations to parents and children:

 

Generally, the American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC and FDA agree that there is no particular advantage to combination products that add sunscreen to insect repellant. In fact, these combination products may be less safe to use, given that sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, Dr. Cohen says.

 

Don’t forget the common sense things, such as wearing long sleeves and pants to reduce exposure. And when going camping or hiking, consider products with repellents in canvas and other gear materials, which could help repel mosquitos. Permethrin is such an agent, which is commonly used in head lice and scabies products, he says.

US Colleges Allow Tanning Facilities On Or Near Campus-HARD TO BELEIVE THIS IS STILL HAPPENING!

(NPR, NBC News, HealthDay, JAMA Dermatology 10/14)

ThinkstockPhotos-469768874Surprisingly half of the top 125 U.S. colleges and universities allow indoor tanning facilities either on campus or in nearby student housing. Also 14% of colleges allowed students to use “campus cash” to pay for exposure to ultraviolet rays of tanning beds. Interestingly enough when tanning booths were offered in off campus student housing they were free 96% of the time. The AAD points out that melanoma is the number one cancer in adults 25-29. The authors suggest that”in step with tobacco-free policies, tanning free places on college campuses may have high potential to reduce skin cancer risk in young adults”. THIS WOULD SEEM TO BE A ‘NO BRAINER’ MOVE FOR ALL CAMPUSES TO MAKE. STUDENTS ARE FREE TO CHOOSE WHAT THEY WISH TO DO, BUT WHY PUT SUCH A HARMFUL PRACTICE ON CAMPUS AND EVEN OFFER IT FOR FREE SOMETIMES. WE DONT TOLERATE TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL FACILITIES ON CAMPUS, SO WHY WOULD WE TOLERATE FACILITIES THAT PRODUCE SKIN CANCER?

ONE VISIT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE – A PHYSICIAN VISIT MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF DYING FROM MELANOMA

(Health Day 5/10/14) Research presented to the Investigative Dermatology’s Annual meeting suggested that annual visits to a physicianmight reduce the risk of dying from melanoma. Investigators looked at 251 Caucasian patients, average age of 60 years, diagnosed with melanoma between 2001 and 2007. The risk of dying from melanoma was 70% less among those patients who had seen their doctor at least once within the last five years before the melanoma was diagnosed!! SEE YOUR DERMATOLOGIST FOR A SKIN CHECK. IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE FAIR SKINNED AT ANY AGE, OR WHEN YOU GET OLDER, OR YOU SUSPECT ANYTHING ON YOUR SKIN THAT IS DIFFERENT OR CHANGING.

NAIL SALON UV DRYERS CAN EMITCANCER CHANGES WITH AS FEW AS 8-24 VISITS!

(New York Times 5/1/14) The Journal JAMA Dermatology suggests that nail salon dryers, which use ultra violet light to speed the drying and hardening of gel nail polishes can emit varying levels of radiation that can lead to risky skin damage in as few as 8 visits to the salon. A random sampling of UV lamps at salons found huge variations in the amount of UV dangerous levels being emitted. In some salons, 8 visits could pose a danger, in others 24 visits and in some 625 visits before any danger manifested.Eventually, all these exposures resulted the point where the UV salon lights triggered cancer-causing DNA damage.

 
WE ALL LOVE THE EXTENDED WEAR THAT GEL NAILS CAN OFFER. CONSIDER THESE POINTS TO PROTECT YOURSELF-

 

* DO GEL NAILS ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND FOR VACATIONS.

 

*USE A “VINYLUX”GEL PRODUCT THAT DRIES WITH REGULAR SUN EXPOSURE AND LASTS LONGER THAN REGULAR POLISH FOR REGULAR WEAR. IF YOU WANT TO EXTEND ITSLIFE, APPLY A TOP COAT EVERY DAY OR EVERY SECOND DAY.

 
* APPLY A PHYSICAL (NOT CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN) BEFORE USING THE UV LIGHTS AND USE LEATHER GLOVES WITH THE FINGERTIPS CUT OFF, OR USE UV RATED GLOVES. MANY DOCTOR’S OFFICES SELL THESE, OR OCCASIONALLY SOME SALONS.

 

* SALONS CAN GET “LED” LIGHTS TO CURE THE GEL NAIL POLISH. THEY ARE EXPENSIVE BUT THEY ARE SAFE.

 

* INSIST ON MORE EXPENSIVE NAIL UV LIGHTS THAT HAVE TIMERS RATHER THAN CHEAPER ONES THAT THE TECHNICIANS JUST TURN ON AND LEAVE ON WITHOUT TIMING THEM.

 

* IT DOESN’T TAKE THAT MUCH MORE EFFORT TO BE SAFE AND ENJOY ATTRACTIVE COLORFUL NAILS!

MINNESOTA WARNS OF MELANOMA RISK AND GIRLS USING TANNING BEDS INCREASING THEIR CANCER RATE BY 59%

(AP 1/14/14) The Minnesota government, which conducts a student survey every three years, reports that more than one third of 11th grade girls reported using a tanning bed within the last year, and more than 50% said they tanned at least 10 times in the last 12 months. It is scientific knowledge that tanning beds deliver 10-15 times more UV radiation than natural sunlight and increase the risk of developing melanoma, “the deadliest form of skin cancer” by 59%!! Physicians in the area report seeing melanomas in 20 year olds and death from the disease as early as 30 years of age. AS EASY AND BENIGN AS IT SEEMS TO LET YOUR TEENAGERS GET A “PRETTY TAN” FOR PROM…THINK ABOUT THE DANGER THIS EXPOSES THEM TO AND WHAT IT TEACHES THEM. WE DON’T LET THEM DRINK, DO DRUGS AND DRIVE, GET SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES, SO MAYBE THINK ABOUT THE EXAMPLE THAT A DEADLY FORM OF CANCER PRESENTS FROM TANNING BEDS.

THE RISKS OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL

(The New York Times 1/6/14) Laser hair removal has become very popular in the last few years. Unfortunately, more procedures are being performed each year by non-physicians, who have minimal training. Improper treatment can lead to infection, scarring, burns, and permanent change in skin color. Sensitive areas such as the bikini line, moustache area, and legs can be particularly prone to problems. The percentage of adverse outcomes, and legal action for laser hair removal performed by non-physicians rose to 78% in 2011, compared to 36% in 2008. Similar problems arose in the use of IPL, or PhotoFacial Lasers as well. The public’s perception is that anyone can operate these machines as they are not all that complicated. This is just not true. The treatments are considered medical in 35 States, 26 States require on site medical supervision, and 11 States have no regulations for these laser operations. The biggest problem is that there is very little oversight of the laser operators, who often have very poor training.
 
HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO BE SAFE.
 
*DO YOUR OWN DUE DILIGENCE. IS THERE A DOCTOR WHO IS DOING THE PROCEDURE? IS THE DOCTOR TRAINED IN LASERS THEMSELVES? HAVE THEY JUST HIRED SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE A MEDICAL BACK GROUND AND WHO HAS ONLY BEEN TRAINED BY THE LASER COMPANY? IS THERE SOMEONE THERE WHO CAN RECOGNIZE COMPLICATIONS AND TREAT THEM PROMPTLY.
 
*ASK WHO WILL PERFORM THE TREATMENT, WHAT ARE THEIR QUALIFICATIONS, HAVE THEY TREATED YOUR SKIN COLOR AND TYPE, AS WELL AS THE BODY PART YOU ARE REQUESTING TREATMENT ON?
 
*WHO WILL BE REVIEWING YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY? IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, CANCER, IMMUNE PROBLEMS, LUPUS, KELOID PROBLEMS, HAVE BEEN ON ACCUTANE, HAVE SKIN OF COLOR, A CURRENT SUNTAN, ACTIVE HERPES, OR HAVE HAD A POOR OUTCOME WITH LASER HAIR REMOVAL BEFORE, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER TALKING TO YOUR DERMATOLOGIST.
 
* NOT ALL LASERS ARE CREATED EQUAL. SOME INEXPENSIVE LASERS CANNOT TREAT ALL SKIN COLORS AND ARE MORE LIKELY TO CAUSE PROBLEMS. LASERS CAN COST BETWEEN A COUPLE OF THOUSAND DOLLARS TO WELL OVER $150,000. THE CHEAPER THE LASER THE LESS SAFETY FEATURES IT HAS. ULTIMATELY, THE LASER’S SAFETY DEPENDS ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF ITS HUMAN OPERATOR. YOUR LASER HAIR PROFESSIONAL SHOULD KNOW ALL THE TYPES OF HAIR LASERS AVAILABLE, AND KNOW WHICH ONES WOULD WORK BEST ON YOUR SKIN TYPE. IF THEY DON’T HAVE THAT LASER, THEY SHOULD REFER YOU TO SOMEONE WHO HAS ONE. A GOOD FACILITY WANTS YOU TO HAVE A GOOD OUTCOME, AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE RELUCTANT TO REFUSE TO TREAT YOU AND MAKE SUGGESTIONS WHERE YOU WILL BE BETTER SUITED TO BE TREATED.
 
* NEVER, NEVER BE SHY ABOUT PAIN WITH A LASER. DON’T BE BRAVE; YOU DON’T HAVE TO. LASER HAIR REMOVAL DOESNOT HAVE TO BE PAINFUL THESE DAYS. IF IT REALLY HURTS TELL YOUR OPERATOR AND THEY SHOULD STOP, EXAMINE YOU AND MAKE CHANGES IN THE LASER SETTINGS. JUST BECAUSE IT IS THE SAME “SETTING” AS LAST TIME, IT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S CORRECT THE NEXT TIME. YOUR LASER OPERATOR HAS TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE CHANGES IN YOUR SKIN, AND CHANGES IN THEIR LASER THAT REQUIRE THEM TO ADJUST THE SETTINGS. THIS IS ONLY POSSIBLE IF THAT PERSON HAS CORRECT TRAINING, AND A GOOD AMOUNT OF EXPERIENCE. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A COMPLICATION, CALL YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY. DON’T WAIT! MOST THINGS CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED IF SEEN EARLY BY A QUALIFIED DOCTOR EXPERIENCED IN SKIN TREATMENTS.
 
* IF YOU THINK YOU ARE IN A HIGH RISK GROUP, TALK TO A PHYSICIAN WHO IS EXPERIENCED IN TREATING SKIN, AND CONSIDER ASKING FOR A TEST SPOT. A GOOD OPERATOR WON’T MIND THIS AT ALL.

CLIMATE CHANGE MAY BE LINKED TO INCREASED DISEASE SPREAD IN THE US

(US Today 12/5/13) Reports propose that certain diseases may be increasing due to climate warming, erratic and extreme weather patterns, as well as human encroachment into previous wilderness areas. The report points to an increase in Central Valley fungus infections, “brain eating amoeba” cases, as well as several illnesses spread by ticks, and mosquitoes. The fresh water amoeba “Naegleria Fowleri” often only exists in warm, stagnant waters of 80 degrees found in the US south. Two recent cases in children were reported in Minnesota. The parasite infects people by being in the water that enters through the nose and then reaches the brain.

ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE JUST MORE THINGS TO SPOIL OUR FUN IN THE SUN AND TO WORRY ABOUT AND PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES AGAINST. REMEMBER THAT PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN AGAINST MOSQUITOES ESPECIALLY AT DAWN AND DUSK, OR IN WOODED AND SHADY AREAS, SHOULD BE AUTOMATIC LIKE WEARING SUNSCREEN. PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND REPELLANTS ARE READILY AVAILABLE AND WE NEED TO BECOME MORE AUTOMATIC IN USING THEM. IF YOU ARE OUT IN THE WOODS, DO A HEAD TO TOE “TICK INSPECTION” ON YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY WHEN YOU RETURN. KNOW THE SAFEST WAY TO REMOVE TICKS, LOOK IT UP ON THE INTERNET, DON’T RELYING ON WHAT YOUR GRANDMA TOLD YOU, SO NOT TO INCREASE THE CHANCE OF THE TICK SPREADING DISEASE. TICKS LOVE TO HIDE WHERE UNDERGARMENTS COVER AND DON’T FORGET YOUR SCALP. STAY AWAY FROM WARM, SLOW MOVING WATER, AND IF YOU JUMP OFF BOATS OR DOCKS IN WARM WATER HAVE YOUR CHILDREN WEAR NOSE PLUGS.

BE CAREFUL OF NON-AMERICAN, NON-FDA APPROVED, SKIN WHITENING PRODUCTS.

(The Time 10/22/13) The Japanese manufacturer Kanebo Cosmetics has issued an apology for a recall of products blamed for leaving thousands of customers with blotchy skin. This occurred after customers used a whitening product called” 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone,” known as ‘Rhododenol”. To date 15,192 cases have been reported. THERE ARE MANY, MANY SKIN LIGHTENING PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET. MOST MADE WITHIN THE US WILL BE SAFE. SOME MAY NOT BE VERY EFFECTIVE. BUT NOW, WITH THE INTERNET, IT IS EASY TO GET PRODUCTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. SOME OF THESE PRODUCTS, WHICH DO NOT UNDERGO FDA SCRUTINY, CAN BE UNSAFE. MOST OF THE SIDE EFFECTS REPORTED IN THE LITERATURE MENTION PRODUCTS FROM ASIAN OR AFRICAN COUNTRIES. SO BEWARE. IT SHOULD BE EASY TO FIND SOMETHING MADE IN THE USA. BETTER, ASK YOUR DERMATOLOGIST FOR ADVICESO YOU CAN GET SOMETHING SAFE AND EFFECTIVE.