Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

  • Medical Author: Adam J. Cohen, MD FACS
  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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How much does eyelid surgery cost? Does insurance cover the cost of blepharoplasty?

The cost of eyelid surgery depends on the type and complexity of the procedure performed.

Insurance carriers will only cover the cost of upper eyelid surgery if the patient has obstruction of their visual field. This must be documented during an examination with formal visual field testing and photographs. Some insurance carriers require submission of the visual fields and photographs before approving the blepharoplasty as a medically indicated procedure.

REFERENCE:

"Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty," American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/26/2016

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