We provide a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures to care for the areas around your eyes, including an upper blepharoplasty, also known as upper eyelid surgery.
What is an Upper Blepharoplasty?
As we age, our facial muscles start to weaken, causing the skin of the eyelids and brows to droop as time goes on. While minimal drooping may not be an issue, severely-sagging skin around the eyes can reduce peripheral vision and obstruct your upper field of vision. While drooping eyelids may be caused by ptosis, – which requires repair of the eyelid’s levator muscle, – sagging skin on the upper eyelids can be corrected with an upper blepharoplasty.
During an upper blepharoplasty, excess tissue is removed from the upper eyelids that is causing it to sag. This surgery restores your eyelids to a more youthful look and, in severe cases, improves your vision where the upper eyelid has obstructed it. Many patients choose a lower blepharoplasty – a procedure to remove the sagging skin under the eyes to treat all eyelid issues simultaneously and refresh the entire area around the eye at once.
Does Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery?
Upper blepharoplasty is a popular aesthetic surgery, but insurance providers generally don’t cover cosmetic surgery. If the sagging eyelid obscures a considerable portion of the visual field, this is considered reconstructive surgery – and will usually be included in your insurance plan. This is often the case with upper blepharoplasty; it’s one of the only eyelid surgeries frequently considered medically necessary.
A lower blepharoplasty, for comparison, is almost always considered a cosmetic procedure. Double eyelid surgery is an upper blepharoplasty performed to create a crease in the eye where there was none before, and is also treated as an aesthetic solution rather than mandatory to preserve full visual performance. Schedule an appointment today with our experienced aesthetic team to discuss your surgery and insurance options.
Our Oculofacial Plastic Cosmetic Surgeon
When you come for your upper blepharoplasty, the procedure will be performed by Richard W. Bryant, M.D., our board-certified Facial Cosmetic and Orbital Reconstructive Surgeon. Dr. Bryant completed his highly-specialized oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship in Beverly Hills, California, under the guidance of world-renowned cosmetic surgeons. His meticulous attention to detail and experience in orbital and cosmetic surgery has made him a sought-after eyelid surgeon across the Wiregrass.