CPT Code 17380 | Description & Clinical Information
CPT 17380 describes the utilization of short wave diathermy current by the provider to eliminate and extract undesired hair and hinder any future hair growth.
The CPT book defines CPT code 17380 as: “Electrolysis epilation, each 30 minutes”.
For actinotherapy, the CPT code to use is 96900.
The procedure describes by CPT code 17380 involves hair removal through the use of an epilator. This process entails the insertion of a needle into the hair follicle at the angle in which the hair is growing. The provider then passes a specific intensity of current through the epilator to the needle via an electrical cable. This current will destroy both the hair follicle and the papilla.
The provider will hold the instrument in place for 20 to 30 seconds to achieve the desired outcome. Once the hair follicle and papilla have been damaged, the provider may remove the hair with forceps. The rest of the hairs in the area will be removed in a similar fashion.
The procedure is generally safe and effective for hair removal in small areas such as the face or bikini area. It may also be used for larger areas, but the treatment will require more time and will be more uncomfortable for the patient. The procedure may require multiple sessions to fully remove the hair in a particular area.
It is essential to follow the provider’s instructions before and after the procedure to avoid complications. It is also important to note that this procedure may cause discomfort, redness, and swelling in the treated area, but these side effects are temporary and will usually go away within a few hours to a few days.
In conclusion, the CPT code 17380 procedure is an effective method for hair removal. However, it is essential to consult with a qualified provider and follow instructions carefully to get the best results.
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