I had a 'pre-malignant lesion' removed from my nose a couple of years ago but the Dr MISSED the actual spot we were concerned about...he burned off a lot of tissue AROUND the lesion but not the actual lesion. A few months later another Dr (a friend of mine) used a laser to remove the lesion that was not removed by the original Dr. This laser procedure left a large, noticeable dent in my nose. **In an attempt to try and repair the dent, I had a plastic surgeon use a 'filler' which is usually used to 'plump up wrinkles' but in my case he was attempting to fill in the dent caused by the laser to remove the lesion.** That procedure lasted only a few days. I have now decided to have this 'dent' repaired surgically by the same plastic surgeon. This particular plastic surgeon is 'not a provider' in my insurance network, so I will be paying out of pocket for his fees, the hospital fees, and the anesthetic. My question(s) is will these charges be tax deductible? **Also, can I deduct the amount I paid for the 'filler' in attempt to first fix the dent?** A biopsy was never done originally but it was a 'REMOVAL OF A PRE-MALIGNANT LESION' which was processed by my insurance. Thanks for your help!
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Good morning. Yes, you may deduct these expenses, but there are limitations.
If, for a taxable year, you itemize your deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A (PDF), you may be able to deduct expenses you paid that year for medical and dental care for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. You may deduct only the amount by which your total medical care expenses for the year exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. For years beginning after December 31, 2012, you may deduct only the amount by which your total medical expenses exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income. You figure the amount you are allowed to deduct on Form 1040, Schedule A. The full rules are set out in IRS Publication 502 which you can find at http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html
Deductible medical expenses may include but are not limited to:
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