A. Is Laser Hair Removal Covered by Health Insurance?
Shaving, tweezers, threading, waxing, lightening, creams – the beauty market offers countless possibilities to remove or reduce the appearance of unwanted hair. Although these options may initially be attractive because of their ease and accessibility, they do not produce lasting results and can become more expensive and time-consuming in the long run. Laser hair removal is a popular alternative offered at the Vein Treatment Center for patients who wish to reduce the growth of excessive or unwanted hair and obtain long-lasting results.
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that uses concentrated pulses of light to reach the melanin in a hair follicle. When light is absorbed, it damages the follicle and inhibits its ability to produce future growth. The skin is not damaged in the process. The best results are achieved in a series of sessions with weeks apart. Laser hair removal can be performed in a wide variety of areas, including face, legs, abdomen, arms, forearms, back, chest and bikini line.
In most cases, laser hair removal is seen as an elective cosmetic procedure and is paid for out of pocket. In cases where it is considered medically necessary due to a condition that causes excessive hair growth, laser hair removal can be partially or fully covered by insurance. These conditions include:
Folliculitis is an infection that develops in hair follicles. This condition can appear almost anywhere on the skin or scalp if the follicles are damaged, irritated or blocked. Although folliculitis is not fatal, it causes red bumps that resemble acne and can cause itching, sores and embarrassment. Severe cases can lead to new infections, permanent damage to the follicles, hair loss, scarring and dark spots on the skin. Medication is an appropriate treatment for mild cases, but when oral or topical prescriptions are ineffective, laser hair removal may be a more appropriate method to resolve the problem.
2. Cushing’s syndrome
Cushing’s syndrome can develop when the body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol, usually as a result of prolonged use of glucocorticoids or corticosteroids. Common symptoms include round face, stretch marks, high blood pressure, weight gain and adipose tissue deposits, fragile skin that is easy to hurt, bone loss, extreme fatigue, weak muscles, low libido and extra hair growth on the face.
3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome, commonly known as PCOS, is a hormonal imbalance in women that disrupts normal reproductive processes. It is related to irregular menstruation, oily skin, acne, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, infertility and difficulty sleeping. It is also a major cause of hirsutism, abnormal hair growth in women that occurs in a male distribution (arms, chest, abdomen, face). The treatment of PCOS focuses on managing the specific concerns of each patient. For PCOS patients with hirsutism, laser hair removal may offer a solution.
4. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia refers to a group of inherited diseases characterized by the abnormal production of the hormones cortisol and aldosterone by the adrenal glands. This genetic defect also leads to an overproduction of male sex hormones, as a result of which male characteristics develop early in boys and appear in girls and women. In female patients, symptoms can include irregular periods, low voice, infertility and increased facial hair growth.
In rare cases, a tumor in the ovaries or adrenal glands can cause hirsutism. Adrenal carcinoma (ACC) is a cancer of the adrenal glands that can produce cortisol, aldosterone, estrogen or testosterone and that leads to the development of male characteristics in female patients. Stromal cell cancer, a type of ovarian cancer, can also lead to overproduction of testosterone, which causes acne and excessive pubic, underarm and facial hair growth.
6. Evaluate your eligibility
The only way to ensure that your laser hair removal is covered is to review your policy and contact your provider. If you have a medical condition that is causing uncomfortable hair growth and has been shown to have a negative impact on your life, and a doctor has determined that laser hair removal is the most appropriate course of action, your insurance company may pay for the treatment. An insurer will only offer coverage for laser hair removal if you have sufficient reason to consider it a medically necessary procedure.
Ask your doctor to get involved on your behalf to increase the chances of your application being approved. An experienced doctor is in a better position to present a convincing case to your insurer. Be sure to visit a doctor and a laser specialist qualified as. Dr. Manu Aggarwal for your treatment. Although some spas, medspas and beauty agencies offer laser hair removal, insurance only covers the procedure if performed in a doctor’s office, such as a vein treatment center.
7. Laser hair removal at the vein treatment center
At VCC, we treat patients who have successfully obtained laser hair removal insurance coverage due to a medical condition and help them achieve optimal results. Compared to traditional methods of hair removal, such as shaving, plucking and waxing, laser hair removal is a proven method for permanent hair removal.
We use Cutera® Excel V and Excel HR lasers (Nd: YAG 1064 nm and Alexandrite 755 nm) to provide effective hair removal for a variety of patients with different hair types and skin tones. The Nd: YAG laser is suitable for most areas of the body and all skin types and has the safest wavelength for hair removal on darker and more tanned skin types. The alexandrite laser is strongly absorbed by melanin and, therefore, ideal for thinner hair and lighter skin tones. We can use the alexandrite laser to treat darker skin types when trying to treat the finest hair on the face or other areas of the body.
Laser hair removal in Ohio can be delegated to a medical assistant, certified nurse, or registered nurse. Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal is on site when employees with these qualifications perform the procedure. Our laser hair removal packages include seven sessions, so that most patients can get the best results with a single package. However, some patients may need additional sessions, depending on their condition. If laser hair removal is not the most effective treatment for you, we also offer electrolysis.
B. How To Get Laser Hair Removal Paid For By Insurance
Before you start salting your mouth in the hope that this blog will take you to the pearl gates of free laser hair removal, let me be honest with you: it is almost impossible to get laser hair removal insurance. Since the procedure is considered cosmetic and medically unnecessary, you are more likely to have a heavy bill.
However, I found forums, blogs and stories from people who have laser hair removal insurance. And they had a common factor:
- “Your excess unwanted hair is caused by a disease that affects you physically, which means that your normal daily functions are impaired.”
And I came across several cases where people asked if laser hair removal could be covered because a tax break was possible, even if it was medically permitted, but not yet covered by health insurance. According to the IRS, people (living in the United States) cannot cancel these benefits (or many medical benefits), even if these expenses do not exceed 10% of their annual income. You can find more information about this on the IRS website. So you’re still in the hairy dust.
However, miracles do happen! Doctors who really understand the struggle not to feel or look feminine are more likely to help her correct her appearance. Now I can guarantee that if you are lazy and don’t want to shave your legs, they won’t help. But they can be ready to break the rules when you have some serious, tested and proven hormonal problems. Ultimately, your laser hair removal insurance will depend a lot on your doctor and how he handles your appearance problems.
1. Let your doctor discuss the case
Unwanted hair can be a disgrace for many women, especially teenagers who are still trying to discover their hormones. Excess hair can occur due to a hormonal imbalance due to conditions such as PCOS, diabetes, weight gain, thyroid problems or even certain types of cancer. In addition to excess hair, these conditions can actually cause more physical problems for you than a doctor could argue much better than you. He or she can charge the insurance company for the correct code and justify their decision, instead of just getting tired of shaving every other day. When you are in good shape with your doctor, ask him to fight the good fight with insurance for you. It can be in your favor!
2. Visit the doctors who perform laser hair removal in their offices
I have found that doctors who perform cosmetic procedures in their practice have a much better understanding of their patients’ self-image problems. They may be more likely to fight you more effectively. And even if they are unable to obtain insurance for their laser hair removal, they are more likely to offer generous discounts and payment plans.
3. Go to a doctor while you are a child
I want to apologize to the crowd of women over 30 who pull their hair from their chin and now write and curse me in this subtitle. But it’s true. If a loved one has excess body hair, the doctor will be more willing to correct the problem. Teenagers are very prone to self-esteem problems because of their appearance. Mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are expected when a doctor watches a girl with a 5-hour shadow and he may be more willing to change insurance rules to help the child.
4. Is a necessary drug causing excessive body hair
It is not impossible for a drug to reach testosterone in your body. Some steroid drugs and hormonal therapies can make you look like a bear cub. And if medication is needed and interrupting your regimen could put your health at risk, a doctor can order laser hair removal to be done for you free of charge. However, it is more likely that he is trying to find an alternative medication that does not cause adverse side effects.
5. When all else fails, you can get special financing
The first time I did laser hair removal, I was broke and still in college. But I was determined not to spend another day like a furry animal! The medical spa where I received my treatments offered special funding from CareCredit. This company is offering credit lines for cosmetic medical procedures for the first time. Another lending company I use today is Comenity, which offers financing for everything, but is very popular with laser hair removal companies, such as Premier Laser Spa. What if interest rates or contracts from CareCredit or Comenity do not whatever you are looking for, consider opening a credit card for financing only and withdrawing your laser hair removal treatments. It would be a shame to have flawless skin but hella debt!