Does Medicare cover blepharoplasty?

Looking for answers about whether Medicare covers blepharoplasty? Medicare never covers the cost of any cosmetic procedures, but there are some cases when blepharoplasty is medically necessary. If blepharoplasty is medically necessary, then Medicare will cover the costs. Read on to learn in which scenarios Medicare will and will not cover the cost of blepharoplasty surgery.

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The Highlights

  • Medicare will not cover the costs of cosmetic surgeries
  • If, however, the blepharoplasty is considered to be medically necessary, then Medicare will cover the costs
  • For blepharoplasty to be considered medically necessary, there needs to be a minimum of 30% total field-of-view obstruction

Blepharoplasty is a medical procedure that removes the skin, muscle, and/or fat from the eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the top eyelid, the bottom eyelid, or both. So does Medicare cover blepharoplasty?

There are a number of reasons that one might want to get blepharoplasty, ranging from cosmetic reasons to suffering from vision obstruction.

Upper eyelid surgery, for example, is usually chosen when an individual is unhappy with having heavily hooded eyelids. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can also fix “baggy eyes” which is when there is excess skin on the lower eyelid. “Baggy eyes” is actually a condition that is actually known as dermatochalasis and some people choose to undergo a surgical procedure to have it fixed.

If you are feeling lost while navigating health insurance questions and you’re considering blepharoplasty, it’s completely understandable. Sometimes health insurance can be confusing with the number of options and service that is offered, but luckily there are numerous different health insurance resources that are available for you. We will also be answering some questions that you might have regarding blepharoplasty below. Understanding what you’re looking for can ensure you get proper and affordable treatment.

Before you read further, we highly recommend that you take a moment to give our insurance comparison tool a try. This is a free tool, and all you need is your ZIP code to start comparing the best health insurance rates in your area.

Is blepharoplasty covered by Medicare?

Medicare will never pay for cosmetic surgery, and whether or not your health insurance will depend on the provider and the insurance plan. Most health insurance policies, however, will only pay for the procedure if it is classified as “reconstructive” and not “cosmetic” in most circumstances.

According to the Aesthetic Society, eyelid surgery is in the top five most common cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. Because of this, you might want to get blepharoplasty to complement another medically necessary procedure. If you’re suffering from an impaired field of vision because of dermatochalasis, there may be other solutions to try first rather than diving into surgery. There are plenty of insurance education posts to use as reference as well if you still have further questions.

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Can I combine eyelid surgery with other procedures?

You can combine various eyelid procedures with other procedures. These other procedures are often cosmetic surgeries as well, and opting to get blepharoplasty at the same time could change the overall outcome as well as the associated cost. Does Medicare cover eyelid surgery? They may still consider this blepharoplasty, so you will want to ensure it was deemed medically necessary.

If the blepharoplasty procedure is deemed medically necessary, but these other procedures are not, then this can complicated things. Medicare will cover the cost of the eyelid surgery, but not the other procedures.

The inverse of this is also true. If you are getting a medically necessary procedure done to fix impaired vision and choose to get cosmetic blepharoplasty done at the same time, then Medicare will cover the cost of the other surgeries but not the blepharoplasty.

Your health insurance provider might require you to meet certain criteria when getting multiple procedures done at once, however. It’s to ensure that the treatment you’re undergoing is for functional reasons rather than aesthetic reasons alone.

Does Medicare pay for blepharoplasty?

If your blepharoplasty was deemed to be medically necessary and you did not get any additional procedures, then there should be no out-of-pocket costs. We still recommend that you always check with your actual insurance company. They might have specific criteria that you must meet in order to cover the costs of the medical services you’re requesting.

On the other hand, if your blepharoplasty is purely cosmetic, then Medicare will not cover the costs. In this case, your health insurance provider might still cover some of the cost of such aesthetic procedures.

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