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Is Acne Surgery Covered by Insurance?

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Acne surgery may or may not be covered by insurance


Acne surgery can be covered by insurance if it is only comedone or blackhead extractions and they pay roughly $35. If you are looking for real acne surgery for scars and marks or discolorations, then it is not covered by insurance and there are so many methods available depending on the marks and scars. We do them all and it is so worth seeing someone who can help your scars since any help will be good for your emotional self confidence.

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coverage for acne surgery depends from your insurance carrier.

Because health insurance carriers change their policies from day to day, I would always call them in advance if acne surgery is covered. Most of them do cover cystic acne.  Despite the changes in insurance laws, it is still necessary to ask an insurer if any of their policies have a dermatology benefit or if it includes acne medication. 

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Acne surgery vs. Treatment of acne scars


While some procedures performed to treat active acne may be covered by insurance, treatment of the scars left by acne including subcision, punch excision, dermal grafting, and laser resurfacing are not covered by insurance.

Brian Biesman, MD
Nashville Oculoplastic Surgeon
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For treating acne flares and medical treatment, most insurance companies cover many of these expenses.  When it comes to improving acne scars and the cosmetic portion through acne surgery, insurance companies generally do not cover these expenses. You should always inquire with the particular insurance companies that you are covered under and their particular policies.  When it comes to active lesions which require some procedures such as incisions and drainages, extractions, and surgically treating active lesions, insurance companies are more likely to treat these.

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Acne surgery and insurance


Treatment of acute acne by a dermatologist may be covered by insurance.  But treatment of the late, dreaded, deep scars caused by acne is not covered.

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Acne Surgery Insurance Coverage


Acne surgery including extractions of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), incision and drainage of  pustular or cystic lesions, and steroid (Kenolog) injections into inflamed, cystic acne lesions is usually covered by most insurances.  Treatments for discoloration and scarring secondary to acne are considered cosmetic and therefore, are out of pocket expenses.  Such treatments include laser treatments, dermabrasion, chemical peeling, electrosurgery and acne scar filling to name a few.  

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Acne surgery


In Canada, acne surgery is not covered by insurance as it's considered a cosmetic issue.  Some people who have health spending account can get it covered.

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Acne Treatment and Insurance


Acne scars, when treated with surgery, are typically not covered by insurance in my experience.  However, there may be exceptions, particularly depending on if there are functional problems, such as around the eye.

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Insurance coverage for acne surgery


Acne surgery is covered by some insurance plans when it is to treat active acne lesions.  Some plans require that the lesions be symptomatic.  You would have to check with your specific carrier.  In some cases you may have to come for a separate visit specifically for that procedure.  There may also be a deductible, copay or co-insurance. 

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Acne surgery is almost never covered by insurance.


Acne scars are aesthetic issues that most insurance companies will not cover.  You can call your agent and ask.  You'll probably not get a straight answer, but it's the place to start.

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