Prescription-Strength Hydroquinone: Not Covered By Insurance But Still Cheaper Than Whitening Beauty Products
Last week, I went to a follow-up appointment with my oral surgeon. I went in knowing that he was going to admonish me for getting a tan on my recent trip to Bermuda. And yes, he did admonish me. He re-stressed to me that tanning and scarring don't mix. Basically, he was thinking, "What the hell was she thinking??"
I was really good the entire summer. I avoided tanning and I used sunblock every day. But when I'm on vacation, I just can't help it. I like to tan when on vacation. I still use sunblock but when you're on the beach, you tan. KWIM?
So what did this mean for me? Before I could start my laser resurfacing treatment to correct the scarring below my lower lip, I had to lighten up the scar area. My doctor prescribed to me prescription-strength hydroquinone (4%) - the generic version.
Much to my surprise, prescription-strength hydroquinone - even the generic version - is usually NOT covered by insurance. Cash price for generic hydroquinone cream (4%) was $43. Okay...this is not a huge amount of money, but what the heck am I paying my health insurance company for? Per the pharmacist, hydroquinone is considered a cosmetic prescription, so most health insurance plans do not cover it. I argued that I needed it for corrective purposes, not cosmetic but it fell on deaf ears.
I've been using the bleaching cream for a few days now... and not just on the scarring below my lower lip but also on a dark spot on my left leg. I don't know about the scarring below my lower lip, but the dark spot on my left leg has lightened in a most dramatic manner.
What's the point of this post? If you're out there buying over-the-counter bleaching products to lighten darks spots, consider going to your dermatologist for prescription-strength hydroquinone. Even at $43, there's a good chance that it's still cheaper than whitening beauty products from a department store.
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