• 8 March 2021
  • Dr Masood Ansari

Botox is a useful way to target a variety of concerns you might be experiencing about your body. But can it be covered by Medicare? Whether or not it can depends on a few things. At My Cosmetic Clinic in Balmain, NSW, we’re ready to help you learn more.

Is Botox Covered by Medicare?

There are several reasons why someone might be considering receiving Botox treatments. Of course, the most common reason is for aesthetic purposes. Aging can cause a lot of changes to someone’s appearance, and make them feel unhappy with the way they look. If you’re thinking about getting these injections for this purpose, then unfortunately it will not be covered by Medicare.

However, there are some cases where the treatment will be. This injectable isn’t just used for cosmetic purposes alone. It can also be effective for certain medical conditions. If you are using the treatment for one of these conditions, then you will be covered by insurance.

What Exactly Is Botox?

This is an injectable made with an ingredient called botulinum toxin type A. This ingredient comes from a bacterium found in various places in nature and is called Clostridium botulinum.

How Does It Work?

When you receive this treatment, the product is injected into your desired areas using a very fine and precise needle to ensure accuracy. Once the botulinum toxin type A is injected, it works by blocking certain signals that your brain sends to your muscles. These are the signals that tell your muscles to contract.

When it blocks the signals, the muscles stay relaxed. If you experience uncontrollable spasming, this will help keep these contractions at bay. As for cosmetic concerns, relaxing muscles beneath the skin helps to keep the skin on top smooth and free of wrinkles.

What Can It Treat?

One of the major benefits of receiving this treatment is that it can be used to target several concerns. Whether or not your treatment will be covered by insurance will depend on if you are receiving treatment to fix cosmetic concerns or if you are looking to treat or manage a medical condition.

Cosmetic Concerns

If you’re unhappy with your appearance, this injectable offers a fantastic non-invasive, non-surgical solution to your concerns. However, it will not be covered by insurance. Here are a few of the places you can target with this treatment.

Frown Lines 

It’s most common to find wrinkles on parts of the face that move around a lot. Your eyebrows move around considerably every day as you make facial expressions. However, that will eventually result in the creases that form when you make expressions becoming permanent. The 11-shaped lines that show up between your eyebrows are called frown lines.

Frown lines can make you look older. They can also make you look worried, angry, or upset. When you receive this treatment, you’ll smooth the area between your eyebrows out, offering you a younger and more relaxed appearance.

Forehead Lines

The area between your eyebrows isn’t the only one that experiences significant changes as you get older. You also raise your eyebrows, which makes horizontal lines across your forehead appear. And, just like frown lines, they will eventually become permanent.

This injectable will relax the muscles above your eyebrows, giving you a smooth and relaxed forehead.

Crow’s Feet

The muscles around your eyes tend to move around a lot, which means they wrinkle quickly. The skin in this area is also thinner than it is on other parts of your face, like your cheeks or mouth. This makes changes to the skin even more obvious.

Crow’s feet are the little lines you’ll see around the outer corners of your eyes. This injectable will smooth the area back out, helping you look younger.

Lipstick Lines

Because your mouth moves around so much throughout the day as you speak, eat, drink, and make expressions, it makes sense that this is one of the major places where you’ll experience wrinkling. It’s very common to get wrinkles on your lips, also known as lipstick lines.

You may have also heard these wrinkles called smoker’s lines. They are the vertical lines that show up on your lips. You can use this injectable to treat them, smoothing them out and giving you more youthful and healthier-looking lips.

Medical Concerns

While these days this injectable is most commonly known for its use in treating wrinkles, it’s also a great way to target various medical issues that you might have. If you receive this injectable to treat the following concerns, then your treatment will most likely be covered by Medicare.

Migraines

Migraines are an incredibly painful experience. If you’ve ever suffered from migraines, then you know how frustrating and challenging they can be to manage. Migraines can be caused by a variety of things.

If you get migraines, you may feel an intense, painful throbbing sensation and even tingling on one side of your body. You may also experience extreme sensitivity to light and sound. While there may not necessarily be a way to cure your migraines completely, this injectable can help you manage your symptoms and live pain-free.

Hyperhidrosis

This is a condition in which you experience extreme underarm sweating. Sweating is a normal part of your body’s processes, and it serves an important role in keeping your body cool and maintaining a comfortable temperature. But if you experience excessive sweating, you may feel embarrassed which can have a huge impact on your daily life.

You can receive injections of this product to help manage your hyperhidrosis by relaxing the muscles in your underarms.

Blepharospasm

Also known as uncontrollable blinking, this condition is actually one of the first that the FDA approved Botox for. Blepharospasm can be a challenging and frustrating issue to deal with, as you are unable to keep the muscles in your eyelids from contracting.

There is no cure for this condition, but you can use this injectable to relax the muscles in your eyelids and preventing this uncontrollable blinking from occurring.

Cervical Dystonia

This is a neurological condition that causes the muscles in your neck to contract without your control. Your head may turn or twist along with these contractions. Cervical dystonia can be painful and frustrating to deal with, and there is, unfortunately, no cure for it.

There are, however, extremely effective ways of managing this condition. One of the best ways is by getting Botox injections to help the muscles in your neck relax and prevent them from contracting uncontrollably, allowing you to live comfortably again.

What Is Treatment Like?

Regardless of whether you’re treating cosmetic or medical concerns, finding a reputable clinic where you can receive your injections is the most important thing you can do. When you visit our clinic, we’ll make sure that your treatment process is as safe and comfortable as possible.

Before you come in for your treatment, we’ll have a consultation to discuss what your concerns are. We’ll then provide you with a list of instructions that will help you prepare for your treatment and ensure that it’s as effective and safe as it can be.

Your Treatment

When the day comes for your treatment, we will make sure that every step of the process is clean, comfortable, and safe for you. We’ll begin by cleaning the skin where you’ll be receiving the injections. We may also apply a small amount of numbing cream to the areas we are targeting.

Once the skin is ready for the injections, we will apply small amounts at a time to ensure accuracy. The length of your sessions will depend on how many injections are necessary, but generally, sessions take less than an hour. You will be able to leave immediately after your appointment, and since this is a non-invasive treatment, very little recovery time is necessary.

Get Help from Our Clinic

If Botox sounds like it might be the perfect solution to your issues, whether they’re cosmetic or medical, our clinic is ready to help you. If you’d like to get a consultation, book one now at My Cosmetic Clinic in Balmain, NSW.

Dr Masood Ansari
About The Author

Dr Masood Ansari

Dr Ansari has undergone nine years of extensive surgical training around the globe. He received his initial surgical training under the auspices of the National Health Services (NHS) in the United Kingdom and obtained Membership in the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2006. Due to his particularly keen interest in surgical research, Dr Ansari has been involved in multiple academic research projects and was awarded a Masters (MSc) in Advanced Surgical Practice from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

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