Many people put off eyelid surgery because they keep wondering if it’s the right time to make the move. Whether functional or cosmetic, you should consider eyelid surgery if you have droopy eyelids or bags under your eyes. Blepharoplasty – eyelid surgery – is a procedure to remove excess skin, muscle, and fat from the eyelids that are impeding vision and unattractive. This surgery is recommended and performed for both functional and cosmetic purposes by Dr. Regina Rosenthal.
When Eyelid Surgery is Recommended
The motivation for seeking a blepharoplasty consultation and assessment is one of the first aspects of an eyelid surgery recommendation. Eyelid surgery has been increasingly popular for cosmetic reasons plus eyesight improvement. In effect, blepharoplasty has become a hybrid reason to recommend surgery for medical purposes.
Eyelid surgery is very helpful to many women and men over 40 who have excess sagging in their upper eyelids that is both unattractive and hindering vision.
Determination of insurance coverage:
- Vision issue plus cosmetic outcome – deemed medically necessary and may be covered by insurance
- Solely a cosmetic issue – deemed not medically necessary and not likely covered by insurance
Deeming Eyelid Surgery Medically Necessary
Blepharoplasty may be considered medically necessary for the cost of eyelid surgery to be covered by medical insurance.
Medical reasons for upper-eyelid blepharoplasty to correct blocked vision:
- Upper eyelid sagging that is blocking superior vision fields
- Upper eyelid drooping that is hanging down over the eye causing vision loss
- Weakness of the muscle responsible for lifting upper eyelid ptosis
Upper Eyelid Obstruction and the Aging Process
The eyelids lose elasticity as the natural aging process sets in – typically after 40. Sagging and bulging upper eyelids obstruct brightness and field of vision in older people. The natural pull of gravity also causes excess skin to collect and impede vision.
Be Proactive About Your Vision and Eye Appearance
Schedule your blepharoplasty surgery consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Regina Rosenthal, serving the San Francisco Bay Areas of Los Gatos and San Jose, CA. Call 408-559-4700 today. Remember to ask about the advantages of concurrent surgery to correct heavy brows – brow ptosis.