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.

DONT GET THAT TATT YET! IT SEEMS YOUNG MEN HAVE THE MOST REGRETS!

(MedPage Today 3/8/13).

 

In a study presented at the annual AAD convention of over 500 people with a history of receiving tattoos, it seemed that at least one third of them regretted their decision. Interestingly enough, twice as many men regretted it as women did, and the numbers rose to three times as many men regretting their tattoo as women if they received it the age of 16 or younger.

 

ONE HAS TO WONDER WHERE THESE TATTOOS CAME FROM. ONE HAS TO BE 18 YEARS OF AGE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS TO RECEIVE A TATTOO. MANY STATES HAVE LOWER AGES, AND IF THE MINOR HAS A NOTE FROM A PARENT SOME STATES ALLOW 11 YEAR OLDS TO OBTAIN A TATTOO AS LONG AS IT IS NOT DEEMED OBSCENE. YOU WONDER HOW EASY IT WOULD BE TO FORGE THIS KIND OF CONSENT. MAYBE IT IS A THOUGHT TO DISCOURAGE KIDS FROM GETTING TATOOS UNTIL THEY ARE 21 YEARS OF AGE AND PRVENT THE 30+ PERCENT OF THEM REGRETTING IT AND HAVING TO UNDERGO THE EXPENSIVE, PAINFUL AND SCARRING PROCEDURES THAT ARE REQUIRED TO REMOVE THEM. TOO BAD YOUTH DIDN’T COME WITH MORE WISDOM!

PEAS VERSUS CARROTS- A HUNG JURY

(Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery 6/11). Reports that crow’s feet responded better to Dysport than to Botox have surfaced. Patients favored the Dysport treated side by a 2:1 margin during a 30 day split face trial. Producers of Botox challenged the study stating that the dosing, limited time, and small number of subjects made the comparison unfair.

 

BOTH AGENTS ARE FDA APPROVED, AND HAVE GOOD SAFETY TRACK RECORDS. OUR EXPERIENCE IS THAT SOMETIMES ONE WORKS BETTER IN SOME PEOPLE THAN OTHERS FOR NO PARTICULAR REASON. PERSONALLY, IF I WANT TO REMOVE STUBBORN LINES I CHOOSE DYSPORT. IF I WANT SUBTLE CHANGES, OR MILDER EFFECTS I CHOOSE BOTOX. THAT BEING SAID, MANY PEOPLE FIND THEY ARE EQUAL, OR THEY HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONAL PREFERENCE. THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG CHOICE. YOU FIND WHAT YOU PREFER BY TRYING IT OUT.

THE LONGER YOU USE IT THE LESS YOU HAVE TO

(Dermatology Surgery 6/11). Research suggests that using Botox more than one time allows you to start using less to achieve the same results after 20 months. They also suggest that people who start using Botox therapy between 30-50 years of age can prevent future wrinkles as well as erasing existing ones. Wrinkle prevention seems to be achieved when the treatments are continued beyond two years.

BABY BOOMERS GETTING BEAUTIFUL!

(ABC News8/11). Baby Boomers, and even people in their 70′s, are turning to cosmetic procedures. The number of cosmetic surgery patients over 65 years old has soared. Healthy older people who are medically stable have nearly identical surgical risks compared to their younger peers. Some patients are considering having such procedures to stay competitive in today’s tight job market.

PATIENTS HEAL THY SELF, IF YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE!

(Bloomberg News 6/11). The company Fibrocell Science has received FDA approval for a new injectable wrinkle treatment that restores elasticity to the skin, using the patient’s own cells. The treatment is known as LAVIV, and it is Fibrocell’s initial market product as well as the first treatment for wrinkles that is made from the patient’s own cells. It would require taking collagen producing fibroblasts (sample skin cells), from behind a person’s ear. They are then multiplied in a cell culture for 11-22 weeks, and sent back to your doctor who will then inject them into your smile or frown lines. The results of the FDA study of 421 patients who received three LALIV treatments five weeks apart showed 57% improvement in the LALIV group versus 30% in the placebo group. The summary of their results stated 45% of the LALIV group was rated as looking better versus 18% in the control group.

 

INTERESTING – BUT MANY THINGS ARE UNANSWERED. IT IS ATTRACTIVE TO USE YOUR OWN CELLS BUT IT REMAINS UNANSWERED ON THE LONGEVITY OF THIS PROCEDURE VERSUS STANDARD FILLERS. WAITING 22 WEEKS IS A LONG TIME, NOT SURE HOW MANY COSMETIC PATIENTS WILL HAVE THIS KIND OF PATIENCE! ALSO UNCLEAR HOW EXPENSIVE THIS MAY BE, OR WHAT THE RATE OF INFECTION WILL BE. ALSO, NOT CLEAR ON WHEN THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE. PERSONALLY, I WOULD WAIT UNTIL WE SEE HOW THIS PERFORMS OVER TIME, RATHER THAN BEING THE FIRST IN LINE.

CHEMICAL PEELS MAY PREVENT SKIN CANCERS

Tumor formation was delayed and reduced with chemical peeling agents after exposure to ultraviolet (sun) radiation

 

(Journal Dermatology Science 10/2010) Chemical Peels are popular procedures for the rejuvenation of sun-damaged skin. They can improve fine lines and brown spots on skin that is already at risk for skin cancers. Researchers investigated the effects of Peels on sun induced skin tumors in mice. Some scientists were worried the inflammation caused by the peels could irritate the skin and accelerate skin cancers. They used Peels that contained glycolics, salicylics and TCA (trichloroacetic acids). The results after 8 months showed 95 to 100% reduction in tumor formation, and delayed time to tumor formation!!