Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Dr. Charles Anthony II is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship Trained Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon.
Eyelid surgery is sometimes covered by insurance if your vision is impaired from droopy lids.
Eyelid surgery is an out-patient surgery that is performed at our AAAHC Certified ASC surgery center in Bradenton, FL.
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0% Financing is available through CareCredit.
Appointments are available in Bradenton, Ellenton, Sun City Center and Sarasota.
Your eyes are one of the first things people notice when they look at you. Unfortunately, your eyes are also one of the first features to show signs of aging. Hooded upper lids and sagging lower eyelids can give you an older, tired appearance, and in many cases can even obstruct your vision. People often remark about what a dramatic difference eyelid surgery makes in their visual function as well as looks and attitude.
Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a common outpatient surgical procedure which removes excess skin and fatty tissue from around the eye area. The upper blepharoplasty is the most widely performed procedure because of its functional as well as cosmetic value. At The Eye Associates, our goal is to enhance the appearance of your eyelids without the slightest hint of a “surgical look.”
Even though most blepharoplasty procedures are age-related, some fullness of the upper eyelids can be hereditary and unrelated to age. Because of this, blepharoplasty can be performed at any time after age 18 even though most men and women begin to think about eyelid surgery in their 40s or 50s.
Does Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery?
When your eyelids are interfering with your field of vision, causing difficulty with everyday activities such as driving and reading, eyelid surgery can vastly improve your peripheral vision. You’ll be happy to know that Medicare and private insurance usually covers “functional” eyelid surgery, if minimum criteria of vision loss is met. A test, called a visual field, will be performed to document this loss of peripheral vision.
However, cosmetic eyelid surgery is not usually covered by your HMO, PPO, Medicare, or any other insurance. “Cosmetic” is defined as a procedure that is undertaken to improve appearance instead of visual function. While upper eyelid surgery is often considered medical in nature, lower eyelid blepharoplasty is always considered to be cosmetic.
What if insurance won’t cover my eyelid surgery? Can I still get it?
Yes. In fact, many people choose to have eyelid surgery for reasons other than vision impairment. Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular out-patient cosmetic surgeries because it makes such a difference in ones’ look. Often people say that their loved ones no longer think they look tired or even angry.
Getting Your Eyelid Surgery Questions Answered
We understand your natural feelings of anxiety when having any kind of surgery so we will make sure that all your questions are answered, including concerns regarding fees and financing options. Our counselors are knowledgeable about insurance, cost, and all other aspects of the procedure.
What is the first step?
Want to find out more about Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery? Click here for a FREE Eyelid Surgery Screening appointment with Dr. Charles Anthony or call us toll free at 1-866-865-2020.