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Tag Archives: Blepharoplasty

Will My Insurance Cover a Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty in San Diego, CAThe blepharoplasty procedure can be used for both cosmetic and medical reasons. As a cosmetic procedure, it can refresh the eyes and rejuvenate the appearance to give you a more youthful look. As a more functional surgery, it can correct drooping eyelids that impair vision or cause other symptoms. However, health insurance will cover a blepharoplasty procedure in only one of these scenarios. Below, we’ll explore whether your blepharoplasty will be covered by health insurance.

Cosmetic vs. Necessary Surgery

The factor that determines if your blepharoplasty will be covered by insurance is whether it is pursued for a cosmetic reason, like rejuvenating the appearance, or for a more medically-necessary treatment, like restoring your vision or treating a disease. Generally, cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance providers. This means that if you pursue a blepharoplasty to enhance the appearance (for cosmetic reasons), you can expect to be responsible for the full cost of treatment with no eligible insurance coverage.

On the other hand, blepharoplasty procedures that are deemed necessary by an ophthalmologist. In these cases, an ophthalmologist will have to examine the eyelids and determine that their drooping is contributing to impaired vision. Upon this diagnosis, you can pursue a blepharoplasty and expect to receive coverage for the treatment from your healthcare provider. The added benefit is that if you are receiving a blepharoplasty for necessary reasons, you also get to enjoy the cosmetic benefits that come with the procedure.

No Insurance Coverage? No Problem.

The potential cost of a cosmetic surgery is often a deterrent for patients initially interested in a procedure. Fortunately, there are some other options for you if you are interested in a blepharoplasty for cosmetic reasons. First, the cost of a blepharoplasty is generally much less than other cosmetic surgeries. After meeting with Dr. Pollack for your consultation, you may discover that the cost of a blepharoplasty is surprisingly affordable.

Additionally, you can always explore financing options to pay for your treatment. With our available financing options, you can divide the full cost of your treatment into affordable monthly instalments. This gives you the ability to pay for your treatment over time, avoiding any large financial burdens by choosing a payment strategy that fits your budget.

Determine Your Coverage for a Blepharoplasty

If you are considering a blepharoplasty, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment. We can help you determine if your eyelid surgery procedure qualifies for health insurance coverage so that you can understand the full out-of-pocket costs of the procedure.

What is a Good Age for an Eyelid Lift?

Blepharoplasty in San Diego, CAThe eyelid lift procedure can dramatically youthen the face by giving the eyes a refreshed appearance. This eyelid surgery, also called a blepharoplasty, addresses the lower and upper eyelids to correct drooping, sagging skin and puffiness. These are the primary signs of aging that affect the eyes, making an eyelid lift an effective cosmetic solution. If you’re beginning to notice these types of changes in the eyes, you may be wondering at what age it is appropriate to consider an eyelid lift. Below, we’ll tell you when an eyelid lift might be right for you!

Any Age!

The good news is that blepharoplasty can be an appropriate surgery for patients of any age. In fact, age alone is no indicator of whether an eyelid lift is needed. Patients of all ages can be affected by changes in the appearance of the eyes, whether from the natural aging process or by way of genetics. The truth is, if you suffer from anything that affects the eyelids, the blepharoplasty procedure can be a great solution regardless of your age. When it comes down to it, the determinant factor in choosing whether to pursue an eyelid lift should be your personal cosmetic goals and whether you think you can benefit from the treatment.

Who Is (and Isn’t) a Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?

Most patients who are interested in the benefits of an eyelid lift are a good candidate for the procedure. While most surgeons recommend waiting to pursue surgery until after the age of 18, a blepharoplasty can theoretically be performed on patients of any age, as long as they are in good health. You may be a good candidate for an eyelid lift if you are in good health and experiencing any of the following difficulties:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Impaired vision (from eyelids)
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Tired or angry appearance


However, it is important to note that there are some conditions that may make you a poor candidate for eyelid surgery. Some conditions can be aggravated by eyelid surgery, exposing the patient to risks both during and after surgery. You may not be eligible for eyelid surgery if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Dry eyes
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease

Is an Eyelid Lift Right for Me?

Ultimately, an eyelid lift may be right for you if you are in good health and you are hoping to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes. After a blepharoplasty, patients can expect a refreshed appearance in the eyes that gives them a more alert and youthful look. At Pollack Plastic Surgery, we offer this and other cosmetic procedures to help patients look and feel their best. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Pollack and learn more about the eyelid lift procedure.

Contact Us

Pollack Plastic Surgery

3720 Fourth Avenue
San Diego CA 92103

Tel: (619)639-7999