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Your Dermatology Questions Answered

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By now, you’ve probably heard that skin is the largest organ of the human body. It protects us from scalp to sole, but, unfortunately, that doesn’t mean we always know how to care for it. Thankfully, there are medical professionals to help!

What Can Dermatologists Do?

Dermatologists are specialists in skin, nails, and hair. They can screen for problems and treat issues including:

  • skin cancer
  • acne
  • eczema
  • allergies
  • spider and varicose veins
  • cysts
  • moles
  • and more!

Some of these concerns are irritating and others can be life-threatening.

When Should You See a Dermatologist?

If you’ve never visited a dermatologist, you should schedule your initial visit now! Regular visits to a dermatologist ensure they can identify any concerns with your skin, especially possibly cancerous spots. Not all skin cancers are dangerous, but undetected melanoma cancer can rapidly spread to other parts of your body and cause serious health problems.

Once you’re established with a dermatologist, they will recommend an appointment cycle, usually 6 months or 1 year before visits. At each visit, they can check for skin cancer, address any rashes, allergies, or other skin issues that may have popped up, and provide tips for better skin care.

If you mention your skin concerns in an appointment with your primary care physician, they may be able to refer you to a dermatologist who is accepting new patients or is in your insurance network.

Is Dermatology Covered by Medicare?

Many medically necessary dermatological treatments are covered under Medicare Part B. Cosmetic treatments or non-medical issues such as acne may not be covered. Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) will cover at least as much as Part B and may have expanded benefits. An over-the-counter stipend available from some Medicare Advantage Plans may help cover the costs of lotions, bandages, supplements, and other supplies for managing skin issues. A Part D Prescription Drug Plan will help with the cost of any prescriptions your dermatologist writes. Part D coverage can be bundled into a Medicare Advantage plan.

What About Cosmetic Treatment?

There is a category of dermatology that covers cosmetic treatments such as injections, fillers, microdermabrasion, peels, and masks. These services are generally not considered medically necessary and would not be covered by insurance.

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If you have questions about what is covered under your insurance or whether you can find additional benefits, we are here to help! Call us today at 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 (Mon - Thurs 8am - 11pm EST and Friday 8am - 9pm EST) for a no-cost consultation with a licensed insurance agent.