Insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures, but usually cover the initial consultations. Payment for cosmetic procedures is due at the time of treatment.
Laser surgeries can safely remove benign skin lesions without scarring and are virtually pain-free. Benign skin lesions include seborrheic keratosis (age spots), papillary nevus (raised or dome shaped lesions), and acrochordon (skin tags). Several lesions may be removed by the doctor in a single session. Consultations are generally covered by insurance, but insurance usually does not pay for removal.
Botox is used to improve the look of moderate to severe glabellar lines, the frown lines between the eyebrows caused from years of squinting, concentrating, or frowning. It also improves crow’s feet, the wrinkles at the outer corners of your eyes. The medication is injected into the muscles and temporarily blocks nerve impulses, reducing the movement that causes furrows and wrinkles. Within a day or two, many patients will notice a softening of frown lines and wrinkles. The area may continue to improve for up to a month. Results typically last for up to four months. The procedure is virtually pain-free.
Juvéderm is an injectable gel made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar that is found in the body. The acid delivers nutrients to the skin, hydrates by holding in water, and acts as a cushioning agent. It is used to smooth wrinkles, particularly around the nose and mouth. Juvéderm Ultra injectable gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue while restoring a smoother appearance. Results last from nine months to a year. A local anesthetic can be used to reduce any discomfort associated with this procedure.
Latisse is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate eyelashes) to make lashes longer and thicker. Latisse is applied topically to the skin along the upper eyelashes. Patients see results gradually over time during their treatment program which is typically 16 weeks. A simple in-office evaluation is required before Latisse can be prescribed.