Wiki Laser Hair Removal


Midlothian, VA
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My pediatric dermatologist saw a new patient who has unwanted hair on her face in the area where a skin graft is and laser hair removal was given as a treatment option. Normally, we would treat this as purely cosmetic, but the patient is only ten years old, and suffered 40-49% burns at the age of three. She had the skin graft on her chin 2 years ago from the groin area, and pigmented hair has started growing. Does anyone have any advice on how I could code this and submit to insurance? I know it's a long shot because insurance considers hair removal cosmetic, but I'd really like to help this patient if I can.
Need to use CPT code 17999.

You can either get prior authorization/approval from the carrier based on the patient's condition. Or if already billed, appeal with notes to show the medical necessity. Again, it's a crapshoot.