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Botox for Hemifacial Spasm Covered by Insurance?

i will be having botox next month for hemifacial spasm will i have to pay for it?

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Contact your insurance provider

Your insurance may be able to cover your treatment. The best thing to do is to contact your insurance provider to find out if your treatment would be covered.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

362 Fairlawn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5M 1T6

Insurance coverage of Botulinum Toxin (Dysport or Botox) for hemifacial spasm

I would contact the plastic surgeon, ENT, oculoplastic surgeon, neurologist or dermatologist that you plan to use and ask to speak with their insurance staff to inquire about their specific experiences with insurance coverage which can be regional and vary state by state, by insurance plan and by insurance policy.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

880 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

BOTOX for hemifacial spasm is usually covered by medical insurance

BOTOX for hemifacial spasm is usually covered by medical insurance.  You can call your insurance provider to find out for sure.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

157 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

Sometimes yes and sometimes no.

I have treated several patients for hemi-facial spasm. We have not had good success getting the Botox covered by their insurance companies. However, the doses typically need are small 4-12 units in my experience so at least the cost is low. Hope this helps.

Ivan Wayne, MD
Oklahoma City Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

13908 Quailbrook Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Botox covered by Insurance?

Ostensibly, use of Botox for certain medical conditions like hemifacial spasm, essential blepharospasm, spasmodic dysphonia are covered by insurance companies.  However, this varies with the company, the individual policy, and sometimes luck of the draw.  As Dr. Shelton stated, many insurance companies will "pre-approve" a claim, only later to "de-approve" the same claim for no particular reason.  I always advocate that in situations like this, the patient should become actively involved in motivating the process to move forward.  Call your insurance company.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

9407 Cypress Lake Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Botox has been used for non-cosmetic uses for over three decades

Botox has been used for conditions such as hemi-facial spasm far longer than for cosmetic uses. As a matter of fact, it was treatment of bleharospasm (eyelid twitching uncontrollably) that led to the discovery of Botox for cosmetic wrinkles. If the causes are well documented and you have been evaluated by a qualified specialist in conditions such as these, insurance may cover treatment. This will also depend on coverage issues and if you chosen doctor participates in the insurance plan.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

521 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065

Botox for hemifacial spasm covered by insurance

You should discuss this with the office of the injecting doctor, not here! It may be an insurance covered benefit, but I do not know what insurance plan you have - HMO, PPO, PCP, Medicaid???


Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

6330 Manor Lane
Miami, FL 33143

Insurance may or may not cover botox for medical purposes

Your insurance companu may cover some of the cost of botox injected for hemifacial spasm. Even when surgical procedures are precertified by medical practices contacting the insurance company, there are times that after the treatment the company does not honor their initial claim.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

317 East 34th St
New York, NY 10016

Yes it should be covered.

It would be unusual for this type of treatment not to be covered by health insurance.  BOTOX treatment for facial spasm is one of the original FDA indications for BOTOX.  It is considered a medically necessary treatment and can be very effective.  These types of treatments are usually administered by neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, oculoplastic surgeons, and otolaryngologists.  

Check with your doctors office to be certain they accept your health insurance.  An experienced office will most likely have previously billed your health insurance company  for this type of treatment for another patient.  Find out if your insurance company requires prior authorization for this service before it is performed.  There should be a phone number on the back of your insurance card so that you can call and ask these types of coverage questions.  Don't go to an office that only does cosmetic BOTOX for this type of service.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

9001 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Insurance Coverage for Botox

Some insurance companieswill cover botox injections for spasm, migraines, etc.  The only way to know, though, isto call your insurance company and ask them two things - is it covered under my benefits and what do I need to do/ information needed to get it covered.  If you do not have this info. beforehand, chances are you will have to pay for it that day.

Christopher V. Pelletiere, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

1602 Colonial Parkway
Inverness, IL 60067

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