Eyelid Surgery: Its popularity remains strong

Eyelid surgery, or “blepharoplasty,” has become incredibly popular since the pandemic thanks to the “Zoom Boom,” and to increased mask requirements, which make the upper face and eyes a focal point during everyday conversation.

Blepharoplasty is intended to enhance the upper and/or lower lids, to create a more refreshed, youthful look. For the upper lid, the procedure involves making an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid, and then removing and reshaping the skin, muscle, and fat that deflate and droop with age and sun exposure.Blepharoplasty can also be performed on the lower eyelid. As people age, the tissue that holds the fat in place can loosen and the fat can protrude, giving the appearance of bags under the eyes. These bags can be repositioned and reshaped.

This patient had a lower eyelid surgery with free fat grafting and CO2 laser to the eyelid skin.

Does insurance cover cosmetic eye procedures?

Generally, cosmetic services are not covered by medical insurance. But in some cases, like the patient shown below, if an eyelid’s drooping is severe and affecting vision, upper eyelid surgery may be covered. Simple tests can determine whether the condition warrants insurance coverage.

Diagnosis: Ptosis

This patient presented with droopy eyelids, also called ptosis (toh-sis), that may occur due to trauma, age, or various medical disorders. Ptosis can affect one or both eyes, and can be present at birth or develop later in life.

This patient had ptosis repair and upper blepharoplasty. 
Depending on the severity of the condition, droopy upper eyelids can block or greatly reduce vision depending on how much it obstructs the pupil. This patient had ptosis repair (covered by insurance) at the same time as an upper blepharoplasty. This was followed by a CO2 laser treatment to the eye area.

Dr. Karlin, Dr. Daines, and Dr. Madorsky perform eyelid surgery. Please call our office to schedule an appointment, or use the in our website.

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