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Insurance Coverage for Cosmetic Surgery

This is a repeat of older blogs but the issue comes up every year so I thought it was worth reminding everyone.

Over the weekend I received several e mails from my Louisville Plastic Surgery practice website inquiring about various procedures I perform. Blepharoplasty, otoplasy, facelifts, tummy tucks, breast reductions, breast lifts and augmentations, and liposuction were all mentioned. At least half of these information requests also were accompanied by inquiries into insurance coverage.

Very simply, Health Insurance never has and never will pay for cosmetic surgery. Any operation we do that is intended to improve your appearance is considered cosmetic. In order for insurance to cover a surgery the “problem” with that particular body part has to negatively affecting your health. And being depressed because you don’t like the way something looks does not count.

If you have a question about your particular case please give my office a call.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts of this blog are presented by Louisville Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett.

Will a tanning bed hurt my breast implants?

I am commonly asked by my Louisville breast augmentation patients if they can tan after surgery. The answer is “Yes”, it’s ok to tan as far as the implants are concerned.

The UV rays that tan beds emit are not like an X-ray. They do not go through your skin, so the light only affects your skin surface.  The underlying breast tissue and implants are safe. Now, if you tan immediately after surgery, you do run the risk of the skin along your incision darkening more than the skin around it. The pigment producing cells along the incision line are in a kind of an “excited” state as a result of the surgery. They are prone to producing extra pigment as is so if you tan this can amplify the problem and leave you with a very tan incision line. This is called hyperpigmentation.

I will refrain from jumping on my tan bed soap box but suffice to say that tan beds are not great for your skin on several levels.

Lee Corbett, MD

Why do my Implants feel cold?

I thought this an appropriate topic for the day as it’s 25 and snowing outside here. Breast implants, silicone or saline, do change temperature. In the summer months they will warm up and in winter they cool down.

The reason is that the implants sit under your skin and breast tissue but outside of your chest cavity. Most women who have implants don’t have a lot of breast tissue or they wouldn’t have implants to begin with. So the implants adjust a few degrees to the outside temperature. That’s why they feel cold. The temperature change won’t hurt the implants but some women do complain that their breasts get a bit tender when this happens.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are presented by Louisville Breast Implant expert, Dr. Lee Corbett.

‘Non-Invasive” Facelifts

Folks, it has happened again, in my Louisville cosmetic surgery practice. The e mail requesting the “non-Invasive” facelift.

They go by several trade marked names. Quick Lift, Lunch Time lift, Life Style lift and they sound great. Quick, easy, minimal recovery and minimal expense.

There is no such thing as a non invasive facelift. Doesn’t exist. It is impossible to tighten the deep structures of the face to produce the lift effect without an incision and by definition an incision is invasive.

My advice would be to really look at these procedures, which all amount to variations on a typical mini facelift. You cannot get a maximum result if you are going to buy a minimum product. A couple of old expressions come to mind…”you get what you pay for” and “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are presented  by Louisville Facelift Surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett.