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.

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.

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.

Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?

butt lift

Larger, rounder buttocks are now considered a very desirous feature, and the Brazilian butt lift is a popular butt augmentation technique that is used to achieve that ideal. It’s a natural way to make your buttocks larger and shapelier.  However not everyone is a good candidate, so an important question to ask your plastic surgeon during the consultation is –Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift.

What is the Brazilian butt lift?
The Brazilian butt lift is a butt augmentation procedure that involves the transfer of subcutaneous fat to the buttocks. The fat is usually harvested from areas of the body that have excess fat, particularly the abdomen, flanks, hips, and thighs. Liposuction is used to extract the fat, and it is then processed before being injected into specific areas of the bottom, in order to achieveoptimal lift.

Are you a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?
There are several factors to be considered in determining your suitability for a Brazilian butt lift, these include the amount of fat you have available, and the quality of your skin.

Since the procedure uses your own fat to augment the buttocks, candidates for the procedure must have sufficient fat in the donor areas that can be used to augment the buttocks. The best candidates are generally 10-15lbs above their ideal body weight.

Candidates for a Brazilian butt lift should also have good skin tone and elasticity.  You should also be healthy and have realistic expectations about surgery.

If you live in El Paso, TX, contact El Paso Cosmetic Surgery for more information on the Brazilian butt lift. Call 915-351-1116 today, to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Sozer.

Cellfina Overview: Everything You Need to Know About the Cellulite Solution

Would you like to get rid of cellulite, and have your skin looking smooth and clear for the long term? Here at Laser Skin Care Center we offer a treatment known as Cellfina that does just that. In this quick Cellfina overview we tell you everything you need to know about this innovative cellulite solution.

What is Cellfina?
Cellfina is a minimally invasive FDA-approved medical procedure for cellulite. Unlike other cellulite solutions that tackle the skin condition from the outside, Cellfina is clinically proven to treat the root cause of cellulite.

How does it work?
To appreciate how Cellfina works, you first have to understand what cellulite is, and what causes it. Cellulitecomes about when the fat below the surface of the skin pushes up against the connective bands that are linked to the underlying tissue. As the bands pull down on the skin, dimpling occurs.

Cellfina treatment involves the use of a small device that is introduced below the surface of the skin, to break up the connective bands, and release the fat layer. The skin will then snap back into position, and smooth itself out.

How many treatments do I need?
It typically takes one Cellfina treatment to gain optimal results.

Are there any side-effects
Cellfina is a very safe procedure, but there are some mild side-effects such as swelling and bruising. These generally resolve within a few days.

When can I see results?
Results can usually be seen after about 3 days.

How long do the results last?
Cellfina results last up to 1 year.

Contact Laser Skin Care Center Dermatology Associates, Long Beach, CA to set up a Cellfina appointment. Call (562) 997-1144 today for your consultation.

What are the major funding implications for Medi-Cal & Medicaid patients?

Medicaid reimbursement payments to health care providers under the Medicaid Act are required to be ‘consistent with efficiency, economy, and quality of care and services.’  The rate of Medicaid payments was recently challenged when health care providers in Idaho sued Medicaid over rates. What are the major funding implications for Medi-Cal and Medicaid patients, based on the ruling of Armstrong vs Exceptional Child Center Inc.?

Medicaid Reimbursement
Under Medicaid, states are given funds by the federal government to reimburse medical expenses for individuals that have dependent children, as well as individuals that are old and disabled.

The funds provided by Medicaid typically cover costs for institutional care. However, in instances where the cost of in-home care is either the same or less than the cost of institutional care, states may reimburse service providers for the cost of in-house care for individuals that are eligible for Medicaid.

The issue
Under section 30(A) of the Medicaid Act, state Medicaid agencies are required to take account of provider costs when setting reimbursement rates. In the case of Armstrong vs Exceptional Child Center Inc, the court was asked to consider whether under the Supremacy Clause, individual medical providers had a private right of action to enforce Section 30(A) of the Medicaid Act. This was in view of the fact that Congress did not clearly grant a private right of action.

Judgment and Implications
The US Supreme Court sided with the state of Idaho, and ruled that the Supremacy clause does not create a private right of action. Based on the ruling, hospitals and other health care providers cannot sue Medicaid over low reimbursement rates.  This means that health care providers are going to find it difficult to get better Medicaid funding rates.

For more information on Medi-Cal and Medicaid related matters, contact Nelson Hardiman, Los Angeles, CA. Call 310.203.2800 for an appointment.

Why medical manufacturers need to address risks early

The outbreak of the ‘superbug’ bacteria at the UCLA Health Center late last year, was linked to the use of the hospital’s duodenoscopes. The situation brought into sharp focus the need for proper sterilization of medical equipment. The subsequent lawsuits brought against the manufacturer of the medical scope, shows why medical manufactures need to address possible risks early, by reviewing current standards for sterilization.

Although the medical scopes were cleaned according to the specifications outlined by the manufacturer and the FDA, an outbreak did occur. This was due to the fact that the design of the machines makes them difficult to clean. Cleaning is usually done manually, as the machines are sensitive to high temperatures, and cannot be sterilized using an autoclave.

After the outbreak, the FDA issued a Safety Communication in February 2015, advising that the design of the endoscope may impede effective cleaning.

Consequent to the fallout from this case, both medical manufacturers, and health care facilities need to be proactive and implement procedures to minimize risk. There is no doubt that the public will be demanding more accountability from both parties. Therefore neither of them will be able to avoid culpability in these matters.

For their part, medical manufacturers need to re-evaluate the sterilization of these types of devices. Health care providers also have a role to play, because in the absence of a review, they need to put in place procedures that will ensure that medical devices are properly sterilized.   This is the only way that any potential risks will be identified and addressed early.

Medical manufactures or health care facilities that need legal counsel on this matter, can contact Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles at 310-203-2800. You can also go online to http://www.nelsonhardiman.com/contact-us/.