Excess skin and fat accumulation around the eyes is a problem for many patients. An angry, tired, or old appearance are common complaints. Cosmetic eyelid surgery rejuvenates the entire eye area. Functional eyelid surgery improves blocked vision.
Eyelid Surgery: Insurance Coverage
Board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Farole performs cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery. In many cases, insurance covers eyelid surgery. Dr. Farole provides insurance companies with all of the information they need so patients have to pay less out of pocket expenses. Dr. Farole sends insurance companies pictures, physical examination notes, treatment plans, and prior authorization forms.
Eyelid Surgery: The Procedure
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure. Local anesthesia is administered to ensure no pain or discomfort is felt during the procedure. Procedure steps are:
- Incision(s). Incisions are made along natural creases in the upper eyelid, the lash line in the lower eyelid, or the inside of the lower eyelid. Incision location depends on the patient’s condition.
- Eyelid lift. Excess skin and fat deposits are removed. Eyelid muscles are gently tightened.
- Closure. Special sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions. Expert closing techniques ensure a noticeable scar does not form after surgery.
A small bandage is placed on the eye for protection. Total procedure time is between 30 – 60 minutes. Patients return home shortly after their procedure.
Eyelid Surgery: Candidates
Patients who are not happy with their eyelid appearance may be candidates for eyelid surgery. Cosmetic eyelid surgery treats:
- Bags under the eyes
- Eyelid folds
- Loose, sagging skin
- Puffiness caused by fat deposits
Functional eyelid surgery treats blocked vision caused by drooping eyelids. Candidates are usually patients who have no medical conditions that could possibly affect results. Patients who smoke risk not receiving maximum results. Attending an initial eyelid surgery with Dr. Farole is the definitive way to determine candidacy.