30 Oct Upper Eyelid Surgery May Be Covered by Insurance
If you’ve been thinking about cosmetic surgery for your upper eyelids or lower eyelids, you’ve probably also thought about how to finance these procedures. Dr. Sudeep Roy at RefinedMD works with patients to determine the best approach for their goals—and many are surprised to learn that upper eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance. Ptosis is a relatively common condition in which the eyelid droops to such a degree that it interferes with your sight.
The Medical Facts
There are a few causes of ptosis, including “neurotoxic ptosis” from botulinum toxins. This last one is very rare, but does happen. Ptosis can also be caused by previous trauma, such as a car accident. However, in most cases ptosis occurs when the muscles that raise the eyelid become damage or “worn out” with age and use. Ptosis can happen in one or both eyes, and is understandably more common as we age. However, congenital ptosis does occur in three different forms.
Your doctor can test for ptosis by analyzing how much of the eye is covered by the sagging eyelid. Insurance companies consider this amount when deciding whether upper eyelid surgery will be covered. Whether you receive cosmetic upper eyelid surgery or medical upper eyelid surgery to treat ptosis, you can expect to look years younger as sagging, drooping, and wrinkles are addressed.
Upper eyelid surgery usually includes the removal of excess tissue, muscle, and sometimes fat. The procedure itself is relatively fast. Incisions are hidden in the crease of the eyelid, and after swelling has subsided you will see immediate results. Most patients return to mild work and most daily activities within 2 – 3 weeks after surgery.
If you’re interested in upper eyelid surgery, it’s always worthwhile to talk to your doctor and see if the procedure may be covered by insurance. However, cosmetic eyelid surgery can also be financed. RefinedMD recommends Care Credit, a type of credit line specifically offered for medical purposes.
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