Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Does Health Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery? 

Most health insurance carriers will cover blepharoplasty if there is significant visual obstruction because of the upper eyelids drooping. You will need to check with your insurance provider to determine if they will offset any costs. If they cover the procedure, they will require the appropriate testing to prove medical necessity. If your eyelids are not drooping to the point where they are impairing your vision, your insurance company will probably deem the surgery a cosmetic procedure, and will not cover it. 

Health insurance companies never cover lower eyelid surgery because it is a simple cosmetic procedure, unlike upper blepharoplasty. Dr. Landis does offer finance options if necessary. 

Why Choose Blepharoplasty Over Other Treatments? 

Eyelid surgery corrects drooping eyelids and adjacent facial tissues, including undereye bags and tired eyes. In most cases, topical creams, injectables, and other treatments cannot correct these cosmetic concerns over the long term. 

How Long Does an Eyelid Lift Take?

Blepharoplasty will take between one and two hours, depending on if you have either upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery as a standalone procedure or have them done concurrently. Typically, a standalone procedure takes one hour, while a combination of the two will take two hours to complete. Mostly, blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure where patients go home the same day of surgery.  

Is There Scarring With Eyelid Surgery?

As with any surgery, there will be some scarring. However, visible scarring is minimal and fades to almost invisible within a year

Is There an Age Restriction for Blepharoplasty?

Although eyelid drooping and loose skin and fat are typically age-related, some younger patients are genetically prone to these concerns. Eyelid surgery is available to all patients who need it, regardless of age. 

Will Eyelid Surgery Get Rid of My Crow’s Feet?

Blepharoplasty does not remove wrinkles or fine lines outside the eyelid, nor does it fix a sagging brow. 

When Will I Get My Stitches Taken Out?

We usually take sutures out within a week after surgery.  

How Soon Will I See My Results?

Visible results will become apparent once the swelling goes down, which won’t be for several days after surgery.

What Are the Risks Involved? 

Like all surgery, blepharoplasty has risks worth considering. Minor complications include blurry or double vision, swelling, and tiny white nodules around the eyes. Each eyelid may heal at a different rate, which means you may see an asymmetry for a short time. More severe complications, although rare, include difficulty closing eyes and permanent asymmetry. 

What Is Asian Blepharoplasty?

Many people with Asian heritage have no natural crease in their upper eyelids and need cosmetic help to create one. 

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