Eyelid lifting (blepharoplasty vs. ptosis surgery)

Eyelid lifting typically refers to blepharoplasty surgery.  Blepharoplasty surgery is performed to remove redundant tissue from the upper or lower eyelids.  Cosmetic blepharoplasty is performed to provide a more youthful, rested eye appearance.  Upper eyelid blepharoplasty, in some cases, may be covered by some insurance carriers or Medicare if significant visual field loss is caused by redundant upper eyelid skin.

Ptosis refers to a droopy upper eyelid where the upper eyelid margin is lower than normal and, in moderate to severe cases, may be covering part or all of the pupil.  Ptosis repair may be covered by some insurance carriers or Medicare if significant visual field loss is caused by the abnormal upper eyelid position.