Are Tummy Tucks Covered By Insurance?

Are Tummy Tucks Covered By Insurance?

Are you considering a tummy tuck, but feel nervous about the cost?  If you are, it is best to discuss your plans with your insurance company and find out if tummy tucks are covered by insurance, before making a decision.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, to make the tummy flatter and more toned.  During the procedure the surgeon can also tighten the underlying abdominal muscles if required.

Are Tummy Tucks Covered By Insurance?

A tummy tuck is an elective cosmetic surgery, and these types of procedures are not normally covered by insurance.  As a result, patients will have to pay the cost out-of-pocket, or seek financing via credit cards or third party financing companies (learn more).

Financing tummy tuck surgery

Most practices accept a variety of payment options for tummy tuck surgery, including cash, checks, bank loans, and medical credit cards such as CareCredit.  CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that is designed to pay the cost of cosmetic procedures and related follow-up treatments.  CareCredit offers reasonable interest rates and convenient monthly payments that most patients find affordable.   

Tummy tuck surgery fees

During consultation with your plastic surgeon, it is important to discuss tummy tuck surgery fees, as you will have to put the necessary financing plan in place prior to undergoing the procedure.  Tummy tuck surgery typically includes the surgeon’s fee, operating facility fees, cost of pre and post-operative visits, and the cost of anesthesia.

Are you ready to set up a tummy tuck consultation?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Athens metro region, Pittman Plastic Surgery in Athens, GA, is our featured practice (click here for more information).

You can reach them at www.pittmanplasticsurgery.com, or by calling (706) 549-3203.

What’s the Best Treatment for Skin Tightening In Denver?

What's the Best Treatment for Skin Tightening In Denver?

There are a variety of aesthetic treatments available that can help in the fight against skin laxity, so it can be difficult to determine which solution is the right one for you.  But what’s the best treatment for skin tightening in Denver.

Profound RF – The best skin tightening treatment

Are you looking for the best treatment for skin tightening in Denver?  Ask your doctor about Profound RF.  Profound RF is an excellent skin tightening treatment because it not only tightens the skin; it also adds volume and boosts elasticity.

Benefits of Profound

  • Stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
  • Safe and effective for all skin types
  • Treats the face and body
  • Reduces wrinkles and cellulite
  • Yields excellent results
  • Fast recovery time

How Profound works

Profound is a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that combines temperature controlled radiofrequency and microneedling.  The device is equipped with micro-needles that deliver RF energy into the deep dermal layer of the skin.

The fractional micro-injuries created, and the heat generated, trigger the body’s own healing process, resulting in the creation of new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.  Increasing these key skin proteins adds volume, enhances elasticity, and tightens sagging skin.

What areas can be treated with Profound?

Profound RF can be used on the cheeks, jawline, and neck.  It can also be used on other parts of the body to reduce cellulite (learn more).

When will I see results?

Most patients see results in as little as two weeks, but optimal results can take up to 6 months.

Are you interested in Profound skin tightening?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Englewood and the greater Denver, CO areas, contact Colorado Skin and Vein in Denver, CO, for a consultation.

You can reach them at www.coloradoskinandvein.com, or by calling (720) 594-5063.

Does a Non-Surgical Facelift Exist?

You may not be able to beat the aging process, but you can certainly use cosmetic treatments to slow it down.  If you want to transform your looks without having surgery you can opt for a non-surgical facelift.

Does it Exist?

Yes, there are several minimally invasive treatments available to address signs of aging and refresh your appearance.   A non-surgical facelift can tighten sagging skin, contour the cheeks, reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, and define the jawline.

Non-Surgical Facelift Options

  • Ultherapy

Ultherapy is often referred to as the non-surgical facelift because it targets the same area addressed during surgery, which are the support layers beneath the skin.  Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy to heat deep tissues. This process lifts and tightens loose skin on the face and neck. The results of Ultherapy last about 1 year. 

  • PDO (polydioxanone) Thread Lift

The Thread Lift is another non-surgical treatment that can counteract the effects of time on the skin.   During a Thread Lift, dissolvable threads are placed below the skin and used to lift the underlying facial structure and tighten the skin.  It also stimulates collagen production, resulting in tighter skin over time. The results of a PDO Thread Lift last approximately 12-18 months. 

  • Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift is a procedure in which dermal fillers, as well as botox, are used to rejuvenate the face.  A liquid facelift can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, restore volume in the midface and cheeks, and sharpen the jawline.  Depending on the injectables used, a liquid facelift can last anywhere from 6-18 months. 

Non-surgical facial treatments are ideal for men and women with mild to moderate skin laxity. 

Would you like to learn more about a non-surgical facelift?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the New York, NY area, Anand Medical Spa is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at https://anandmedicalspa.com, or by calling 212-653-0366.

How to lose your man boobs (moobs) without surgery

How to lose your man boobs (moobs) without surgery

Every man likes a contoured, chiseled chest, and that’s why guys don’t like man boobs. Man boobs or enlarged male breasts can negatively affect the quality of life for men, because it makes them uncomfortable in situations where they have to remove their shirts. Man boobs can be treated with surgery, but some men want to get rid of their man boobs without going under the knife.

What causes man boobs?

Man boobs known medically as gynecomastia, is caused by a hormonal imbalance that results in the excess growth of breast tissue. Breast enlargement in men may also be due to an increase in fatty tissue in the chest.

How to lose your man boobs (moobs) without surgery

CoolSculpting can help men lose their man boobs if the problem is caused by excess fat deposits in the chest area.

Coolsculpting is a fat reduction procedure that gets rid of stubborn fat deposits that collect in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, and thighs, and this makes it a good solution for excess fatty tissue covering the chest muscles.

CoolSculpting for man boobs

CoolSculpting or cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that freezes away unwanted fat. The CoolSculpting applicator emits cold temperature that selectively targets the fat cells, causing them to crystallize and die. The dead fat cells are then processed and eliminated by the body.

What to expect after CoolSculpting

There may be some tenderness and numbness in the treated area but this usually resolves within a few days (learn more).

Are you ready to get rid of those man boobs? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Maitland, FL area, Derrow Dermatology is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.derrowdermatology.com, or by calling (407) 389-2020.

Should I get a browlift with my blepharoplasty?

Should I get a browlift with my blepharoplasty?

Have you noticed that your eyelids are looking very droopy lately, and making you look older than you are? Blepharoplasty is a good fix for saggy skin around the eyes, but there are times when a browlift may also be necessary. Before making a decision it’s important to consider all the facts, because it can be difficult to tell if you should get a browlift with your blepharoplasty.

Why is a browlift done?

A brow lift or forehead lift is a surgical procedure that is done to address forehead creases and wrinkles, and lift sagging brows. This is achieved by raising the level of the eyebrows, so as to lift droopy brows.

How it’s done

A browlift is performed on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia, and takes about 2 hours. Surgery may be done using the traditional approach, or with the help of an endoscope (endoscopic brow lift).

The endoscopic brow lift is a more accurate procedure as the endoscope allows the surgeon to clearly see the underlying muscles and tissues. Smaller incisions are required for the endoscopic browlift, which means scars are smaller and can therefore be easily concealed.

During a browlift the surgeon will adjust the underlying muscle and tissue, and elevate the brow.

Why is blepharoplasty done?

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is done to improve the appearance of the eyelids. An upper eyelid lift corrects droopy or sagging upper lids, and a lower eyelid lift addresses undereye bags and wrinkles beneath the eyes. Blepharoplasty not only makes the eyes more attractive, it also improves vision in cases where the upper eyelids hang so low that they interfere with vision.

How it’s done

Upper blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that removes excess skin and sometimes fatty deposits from the upper eyelids. It is usually done under local anesthesia. The incisions are made in the natural crease of the eyelids, so scars are virtually indiscernible. Surgery takes about 1 hour. There is generally some bruising and swelling after the operation, but recovery time is minimal.

The incision for lower blepharoplasty is made just below the lash line of the lower lid. The surgeon will reposition or remove the fat to get rid of puffiness and bags under the eyes, and tighten the skin if required.

Should I get a browlift with my blepharoplasty?

Whether you should get a browlift with your eyelid lift, will depend on the specific cause of your sagging eyelids.

If you have sagging eyelids as a result of excess skin in the upper eyelids, but your brows have not shifted down from their natural position, blepharoplasty may be all you need to refresh the appearance of your eyelids.

However, there are instances in which sagging upper eyelids may be the result of droopy brows. Since the position of the brows affects the eyelids, a browlift may be needed to rejuvenate the eyelids.

The brows often descend from their natural position over time, and this may be due to gravity or the downward pull of the facial muscles. If you have heavy brows along with excess eyelid skin, your plastic surgeon may recommend getting a brow lift with blepharoplasty. This will make the upper face look balanced, and ensure optimal facial rejuvenation.

If you have heavy brows and choose to have blepharoplasty alone, you’re not likely to get the rejuvenated outcome you desire. The brows and eyes are controlled by different muscles so correcting only the eyelids without addressing problems with the eyebrows, will give the face an unbalanced look. The procedures complement each other, so doing them together will create a balanced rejuvenation.

Would like to rejuvenate the area around the eyes, but you’re not sure if you need an eyelid lift, browlift, or both? It’s advisable to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation. The plastic surgeon will review the dynamics of your forehead and upper eyelids, and determine if you need to have both procedures done.

If you are in the Bala Cynwyd, PA area, contact Dr. Anthony Farole of the Facial Cosmetic Surgical Center for more information.

Call (610) 679-8374 today to set up a consultation.

What are the benefits of PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary technology that has been used for many years in treating wounds, and helping athletes overcome injuries. However, the technology has now become very popular in several cosmetic procedures. But how exactly does it work and what are the benefits of PRP.

What is PRP?

PRP is a concentrate of platelet rich plasma, which has traditionally been used in sports medicine and orthopedics to treat soft tissue injuries of the muscles and ligaments. Platelets are tiny cells in the blood that form a clot to help repair the damage whenever there is an injury. They contain special growth factors that have healing properties.

In recent years, PRP has been used extensively for facial rejuvenation along with other cosmetic procedures such as hair restoration.

How PRP works

In order to prepare the PRP, a small amount of blood is drawn from the arm of the patient, much like when blood is taken for a normal blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich-plasma from the other blood constituents. The concentrated serum contains a lot more platelets than normal and that’s why PRP is so effective when used for therapy.

PRP is a regenerative technology that initiates the growth of blood vessels and tissue, so it promotes healing and improves skin quality.

PRP for facial rejuvenation

When used for facial rejuvenation, PRP promotes youthful skin and treats skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, enlarged pores, poor skin texture, and skin laxity.

The blood is drawn and prepared to create the concentrated PRP serum that is then injected into the targeted areas of the face. PRP revitalizes the skin cells and may also encourage collagen production. The additional collagen in the skin helps to restore volume in areas of the face that appear hollow or sunken.

Most of the PRP is absorbed within 24 hours, so there is no downtime after treatment. Consequently, patients are able to resume normal activities immediately. Patients usually see results about 3-4 weeks after treatment, but optimal results may take up to 6 weeks.

PRP Therapy for hair loss

PRP hair regeneration is an outpatient procedure that is done under local anesthesia. The PRP is prepared as normal, and a fine needle is used to inject the platelets into the thinning or balding areas of the scalp. When PRP is injected into the scalp it regenerates the hair follicles, and stimulates hair growth.

It typically requires a series of 3 PRP treatments to achieve optimal hair growth. Results become evident about 3 months after treatment.

Benefits of PRP

  • Minimally Invasive: Both PRP facial rejuvenation and PRP for hair loss are minimally invasive treatments that require only a few injections.
  • PRP is a safe procedure. There is no risk of an allergic reaction or contamination with PRP, because the treatment is done using nothing more than the patient’s own blood. Therefore, the body does not respond negatively to the introduction of the platelets below the skin.
  • Minimal side-effects. There may be some facial redness and bruising at the injection site after PRP facial rejuvenation, but these symptoms resolve within a few hours. After PRP hair loss treatment patients may experience some soreness and redness, but this typically only lasts for a day or two.
  • Completely Natural: PRP is a completely natural treatment that contains no synthetic substances, so the rejuvenation process is also natural. This makes it ideal for people concerned about injecting chemicals or other foreign substances into their body.
  • Long lasting results: The results of PRP can last for several years, but follow up treatments may be needed.
  • Short recovery: The recovery after PRP is minimal, and patients are generally able to return to their usual activities after treatment. However, patients that undergo PRP for hair loss normally go back to work the following day.
  • Minimal pain: PRP is a relatively comfortable treatment that is well tolerated by most patients.

Would you like to learn more about PRP?

Contact Sthetix based in Liverpool, Merseyside UK for more information. Sthetix also serves Chester and Ormskirk.

Call 0151 317 9251 today to set up a consultation.

Does a Rhinoplasty Hurt?

Does a Rhinoplasty Hurt?

Are you interested in rhinoplasty, but worried that it might be painful? That’s understandable, because a nose job sounds as if it should hurt, and it’s a concern shared by many people contemplating the procedure. That’s why plastic surgeons are frequently asked – Does a rhinoplasty hurt?

What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to reshape or resize the nose, or to correct a functional issue such as a breathing problem. The incisions for surgery are typically made inside the nose (closed rhinoplasty), but there are times when an additional incision is made across the columella (open rhinoplasty). The columella is the tissue between the nostrils.

Does rhinoplasty hurt?
Rhinoplasty is done under general anesthesia, so patients won’t feel any pain during the procedure. While they will feel some discomfort in the days immediately after surgery, rhinoplasty really doesn’t hurt. There is normally some swelling and bruising, but this varies depending on the exact procedure. There will also be some heaviness and pressure in the nasal area.

Patients are advised to use cold compresses, and keep their head elevated as much as possible, to minimize any pain and discomfort. Most of the tell-tale signs of the procedure are gone within a week.

If you’d like to have nose surgery, don’t let fear hold you back from getting the nose you’ve always wanted. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have about pain and discomfort with your plastic surgeon ahead of time, so that you are comfortable going into the operation.

Are you ready to learn more about rhinoplasty? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Raleigh, NC area, Stein Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.facialdoc.com, or by calling 919.261.7099.

Which type of chemical peel is right for me?

Would you like to brighten your complexion and rejuvenate your aging skin? A chemical peel may be the solution for you, because it renews and refreshes the skin. There are a variety of chemical peels available,so understandably, one of the most common questions patients ask their doctor about the procedure is – Which type of chemical peel is right for me?

About chemical peels
Chemical peels revitalize the skin and improve skin tone and texture. There are different types of chemical peels – mild, medium, and deep – and they penetrateto varying depths.

It typically requires a series of treatments to achieve the best results with a chemical peel. Chemical peels can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, melasma, rough skin, skin discoloration, and age spots.

Which type of chemical peel is right for you?
The chemical peel that’s right for you will depend on a variety of factors including your skin tone, and the specific skin concerns you need addressed.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your rough, dry skin, and enhance skin tone and texture, a chemical peel that uses mild solutions may be all you need.

However, if you need to smooth deep wrinkles and get rid of sun damage, a deeper peel may be more appropriate. Deeper peels penetrate through to several layers of skin, and produce more dramatic results (click here).

Medium peels can correct superficial skin discoloration, and smooth fine wrinkles. Mild and medium peels are recommended for darker skin tones.

Are you ready to rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Orange County, CA area, South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.socoplasticsurgery.com, or by calling 949-701-4454.

How much does ThermiTight Cost?

How much does ThermiTight Cost

Looking younger is not only about getting rid of facial wrinkles, it also has to do with tightening sagging skin on the body. ThermiTight is one of the most innovative procedures for treating sagging skin on the face and body. But how does it work, and how much does ThermiTight cost.

How ThermiTight works
ThermiTight is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to combat sagging skin on the face, as well as parts of the body that can benefit from tighter skin.

The RF energy is delivered below the surface of the skin via a small probe,which is inserted through tiny incisions. The laser creates a heating effect in the fat layer of the skin that causes it to contract. It alsomelts fat cells, and stimulates collagen production.

ThermiTight is virtually painless, and takes about 1 hour to complete. There is little or no downtime with ThermiTight. Some improvement can be seen immediately after treatment, but final results can take 3-4 months. Most patients only require one treatment to achieve the results they want.

How much does ThermiTight cost?
The cost of ThermiTight can range from $1,250-$5,000, but this will vary depending on the extent of the area being treated. The cost of the treatment may also differ by surgeon, as well as your geographic location. It’s therefore best to visit your plastic surgeon Robert Langdon Connecticut for a quotation, as they will be able to give you the final cost based on the treatment you desire (click here for more info).

Are you ready to tighten the skin on your face and body? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Guilford, CT area, The Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.langdoncenter.com, or by calling (844) 551-9880.

What exactly is a non-surgical nose job?

Rhinoplasty (nose job) remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, but the surgical option is not the first choice for everyone. Nowadays the non-surgical nose job is available to individuals who don’t want to go under the knife, and endure weeks of recovery. With a non-surgical nose job you can get the changes you are looking for in minutes. But what exactly is a non-surgical nose job and how does it work.

What exactly is a non-surgical nose job?
A non-surgical nose job is a minimally invasive procedure that uses dermal fillers to make the nose thinner, and more refined. The fillers can be used to increase symmetry, even out the shape of the nose, and adjust angles. It’s a good way to camouflage a bump on the nose. The most common dermal fillers used for a nose job include Juvederm, and Restylane.

How does it work?
The area is numbed ahead of time, and then the dermal fillers are injected into the specific areas of the nose where it is needed to create the desired contours.The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes, and there is no recovery time.

If you would like to improve the aesthetic appearance of your nose, but don’t want to deal with the potential risks and long recovery time of traditional rhinoplasty, a non-surgical nose job may be right for you. However, it’s important to understand that a non-surgical rhinoplasty is not a permanent solution, and may not be the best solution for you. Contact a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and your goals.

Dr. Bryan Correa is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Houston metro. He’s an expert an aesthetics, including rhinoplasty and dermal filers.  At Medicetics our clinicians can perform the procedure to achieve your preferred aesthetic outcome. Call today to book a consultation.