People have eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty for several reasons. As you age, the delicate skin around your eyes can begin to droop. This drooping can be minimal enough to cause a wrinkly, aging and less youthful appearance but may not be severe enough to affect your vision. In other cases, your eyelids may droop and sag to the point that the skin above your eyelids may hang low enough to touch your eyelashes and even affect your ability to see.
If you are of Asian ancestry, you may have what is known as a single upper eyelid. This has no affect on your vision, but a single upper eyelid can make you tend to look serious or sad even if you’re not. Eyelid surgery that adds an extra fold to your eyelids will enhance the appearance of your eyes and help your expressions be more reflective of your true mood.
It can be difficult to get your insurance to cover your eyelid surgery. According to the Mayo Clinic, insurance may cover your eyelid surgery if your eyelids are dropping so badly that your vision is truly impaired. Most insurance companies require that a plastic surgeon or ophthalmologist perform an exam first. Photos and documentation of proven vision impairment must be included in the results of the exam. Even then, some insurance companies may not cover your eyelid surgery.
Other eyelid conditions that your insurance company may cover include blepharoptosis, which may be congenital and involves the muscles of the eyelid rather than the skin. Cancers in the eyelid region may also be approved for insurance coverage. As with vision-impairing droopy eyelids, these conditions must also be proven through documentation and photographs.
Eyelid conditions that are definitely not covered by any medical insurance include eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty to reduce the appearance of aging and small sagging. If it cannot be documented that it affects your vision, insurance will not cover your eyelid surgery. Double-eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of many Asian eyelids is also not covered. Medical insurance will never cover lower eyelid surgery unless cancer is involved and can be documented by an oncologist.
Learn more about eyelid surgery insurance
If you live in or near Colorado Springs and want more information about eyelid surgery insurance coverage, feel free to contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Greg Liebscher by calling 719-634-2503.