Drooping eyelids are a common eye condition which may influence you to consider ocular plastic surgery. As you age, you see the effects of gravity on your skin. Delicate tissues around the eyes lose elasticity, and skin can accumulate above or below the eyes, making you look older and fatigued. Sagging skin can also interfere with your vision. An EyeLift may solve the problem.
Dermatochalasis is an eye condition caused by excessive skin around your upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both. It is usually associated with older age, but younger individuals can be affected by dermatochalasis as well. Dermatochalasis tends to cause more problems on the upper eyelid because it can obstruct your visual field.
Causes of Dermatochalasis
The most common cause of dermatochlasis is the aging process. Other causes include:
history of thyroid eye disease
trauma to the eye tissue
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Dermatochalasis
In addition to the aesthetics of a drooping lid, there may be other symptoms of dermatochlasis, such as:
loss of peripheral vision
elevating the brows to improve vision
Blepharoplasty, (also called an EyeLift) or reduction of the upper or lower eyelid, is a common procedure to treat droopy eyelids. The surgery involves removing excess eyelid skin and fat. Depending on your situation, this in-office procedure can be done for cosmetic reasons or to improve your vision. If the eyelids are droopy enough to reduce your field of vision, then this procedure may be covered by your health insurance.
If you are experiencing droopy eyelids and you are noticing a difference in your vision, contact us for more information about the best course of treatment to improve your eyesight.
Now through March 31, we are offering a special price on EyeLid (Blepharoplasty) Rejuvenation. Now Just $1500!
Men and women who come to our Oklahoma City practice for eyelid surgery want expressive eyes that communicate an alert, rested appearance. Sometimes patients also suffer from drooping or heavy upper eyelids that can significantly reduce one’s visual field. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, rejuvenates the area. This transformational procedure is safe and effective when performed by Dr. Tim Jones, a respected, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing blepharoplasty.
Dr. Jones’ eyelid surgery patients get consistently excellent results that give them the youthful appearance they desire. Dr. Jones’ expertise in functional eyelid surgery allows his patients to enjoy restored sight and improved vision after he removes excess tissue in the upper eyelids.
Ideal Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Men and women frustrated with loose, sagging skin and accumulated fat along the upper or lower eyelid may be good candidates for blepharoplasty. Those who have obscured vision due to upper eyelids weighed down with excess tissue may be good candidates for functional blepharoplasty. Three eye tests can determine whether your vision is obstructed enough for a functional procedure: Visual Fields, Shurmer Tearing Test, and Visual Acuity. Patients should be in overall good health, understand the eyelid lift procedure, and have reasonable expectations for their results. All skin types and ethnicities can benefit from the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Jones will help you determine if blepharoplasty is right for you.
About the procedure & How to get the special:
During March our upper eyelid special is just $1500. If you’re interested in upper and lower eyelid rejuevenation, we’re happy to increase the offer to accomodate both. Call us today for a consultation at (405)418-5400 – or visit us at Crossway Medical, located at 609 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Blepharoplasy is generally performed as an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia – which means there are no additional costs to this procedure. The entire procedure takes about 1 hour and you should expect some light bruising and swelling for the first few days after your procedure. We will help you decide how to plan this easy procedure into your schedule so that you can reduce your downtime and minimize the amount of attention you get while you heal. Patients always wish they had done it sooner – it’s easy, quick and will rejuvenate your look substantially in a very soft, yet effective way.
One of the most commons questions my patients ask is, “does insurance cover Blepharoplasty, (also known as an eyelid lift)?” or “will my insurance cover eyelid surgery?”
This a great question. Most insurance companies have specific guidelines regarding criteria for covering eyelid surgery. While there may be subtle differences between different carriers, most insurance companies base their criteria off Medicare guidelines.
In general, insurance companies will cover Blepharoplasty or Ptosis repair if the eyelids cause a “visually significant” obstruction of the upper visual field that “affects activities of daily living”. To put it another way, if the upper lids block enough of your vision to significantly affect your life, then blepharoplasty or ptosis repair is considered medically necessary and may be covered by insurance.
So what are the criteria that insurance companies use to determine if blepharoplasty or upper eyelid surgery is “visually significant”, and therefore will be covered? There are 3 pieces of information they need:
1) Physician notes. These notes must clearly document the position of the lids, a decreased visual field, and a patient complaint about the upper lids interfering with certain activities (driving, reading, etc). The lid position should be measured using standard oculoplastic measurement techniques showing the lid or excess skin comes within less than 2 millimeters of the pupil (also called an MDR1 less than 2mm).
2) External ophthalmic photography. Basically these are high resolution photos of the eyelids and eyes. For criteria to be met, the eyelids or extra eyelid skin must clearly been seen to fall within less than 2 millimeters of the center of the pupil. Clear frontal and side photos are required.
3) Visual Fields. A visual field test is a noninvasive way to evaluate peripheral vision. This test is usually performed at an ophthalmology office. The field of vision is tested both with the eyelids in their natural position and with them held up (usually with tape). The difference between the taped and untapped visual field determines whether or not insurance will cover upper eyelid surgery. The visual field must improve by a certain percentage or certain number of degrees depending on the insurance carrier.
If the answer is yes, then the next step is to submit all notes and testing to the insurance company. The carrier will then either “pre-authorize” or deny the claim. A pre-authorization means that the insurance company agrees that eyelid surgery is medically necessary and they plan on covering the blepharoplasty or ptosis repair. Although a pre-authorization is very reassuring, they are not a 100% guarantee of coverage. Occasionally insurance carriers will do a second review of the case after the surgery has been performed.
Medicare works a bit differently. Medicare does not pre-authorize anything (any procedure- not just eyelid surgery). Medicare does, however, have clearly defined criteria that most oculoplastic surgeons know in detail. Based on the exam and testing, it can be determined if Medicare would typically cover a patient’s eyelid surgery. While most oculoplastic surgeons are correct in their coverage assessment, since Medicare will not pre-authorize surgery, a form called an “ABN” is usually completed and signed by the patient. The ABN typically states that while the surgeon believes Medicare will cover the Blepharoplasty or ptosis repair, the patient is responsible for the payment if the claim is denied. Again, most oculoplastic surgeons will be able to give a fairly accurate assessment of whether Medicare or an insurance company will cover blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery.
When the patient wishes to have a procedure even though there is no insurance coverage, an eyelid lift is among the most affordable plastic surgery options. It can usually be performed in the office, without the additional cost of general anesthesia or outpatient surgery assistance. Hopefully this gives some insight about the process and criteria for insurance coverage. Please contact us at (405) 418-5400 if you have questions or would like further information about Blepharoplasty.
It’s almost here! The day when people around the world celebrate love, both old and new. Valentine’s Day is a time for giving chocolates in heart-shaped boxes, adorable teddy bears, red roses, cards with sugary sweet messages and little candies with cheesy sayings. We look forward to intimate candlelight dinners at romantic restaurants, nostalgic drives and reminiscing well into the night. Start the night off right by taking someone’s breath away thanks to our lip enhancement, Botox®, skin rejuvenation, and acne treatments.
Perfectly Natural Lips
No surgery, no downtime, and no scarring are just some of the benefits of our lip enhancement treatment. You can make a dramatic or subtle change while maintaining a natural appearance and texture. We sculpt your lip shape and size with injections with collagen, dermal fillers or your fat. The results last for several months. If you want a permanent solution for thin lips, we also offer several types of grafts, as well as a technique that uses flaps from inside the lips.
Bye, Bye Wrinkles
The upper portion of your face shows some of the earliest signs of aging, such as worry lines on the forehead, crow’s feet and vertical lines between your eyes. Botox® has been used by millions of people around the world to treat these areas. In less than one hour, you can say goodbye to your wrinkles.
No More Blemishes
Nothing ruins Valentine’s Day more than waking up only to find that you have new blemishes on your skin. Our professional acne treatments remove excess oils, unclog pores and reduce inflammation to give you healthy, beautiful skin every day of the year.
Fresh, Radiant Skin
Skin rejuvenation gives your skin a fresh, radiant appearance. Our light chemical peels remove dead skin cells and the outer layer of the skin. You may have some minor redness for a few days after the treatment, so we recommend that you schedule the treatment at least one week before Valentine’s Day.
Don’t Forget Your Valentine’s Cosmetic Treatments! Contact Dr. Timothy Jones.
Schedule a consultation to discuss lip enhancement, Botox®, acne treatments and skin rejuvenation for Valentine’s and to learn about brow lifts, sinus surgery, rhinoplasty and our other services. Contact Dr. Timothy Jones today. You can contact our Oklahoma City office directly at (405) 418-5400.
Kids don’t usually notice a whole lot about another kid’s appearance, unless there is something that truly sticks out. In the case of the ears, this can be a literal meaning. Children instantly fixate on ears that protrude too far, or are too large or misshapen. And this attention can be a confidence crusher for a child.
But Dr. Jones can perform ear surgery to easily correct this issue before it impacts your child’s self-esteem.
What is otoplasty?
Ear surgery, clinically known as otoplasty, is performed to reshape the ears or reposition them into a more desirable position. Usually, otoplasty is performed to “pin” the ears into a position closer to the head. Conveniently, in this instance the incisions, and future scarring, can be hidden in inconspicuous places.
Who are good candidates for ear surgery?
During your consultation with Dr. Jones, he will determine if your child is a good candidate for the procedure. Parents usually consider having the procedure when the appearance of a child’s ears starts to affect his or her confidence. By the age of 4, the ears are basically finished growing, so surgery can be performed. Other people are born with natural ear defects and opt for reconstructive ear surgery. In adults, torn earlobes due to injury, trauma, or a period of wearing earrings that are much too heavy are the more prevalent reasons for having otoplasty.
During ear pinning surgery, an incision is made behind the ear to gain access to the cartilage. Once the cut is made, the ear cartilage is then recontoured while excess skin in the area is removed. After the ear is repositioned much closer to the head, the surgical cut is closed with sutures or dissolvable stitches. Other types of otoplasty will involve reconfiguring of the ear shape and are, by nature, more involved.
Generally, recovery is not very difficult, especially for fast-healing children. The recovery of self-esteem is even easier!
Does your child need ear surgery? Call Dr. Jones at 405.418.5400 to set up a consultation.
Although information on cosmetic surgery may be abundant online, a face-to-face consultation with a plastic surgeon is still a crucial component in ensuring optimum plastic surgery outcomes. Nothing beats having a personal conversation with your surgeon when it comes to coming up with an informed decision regarding the facial cosmetic surgery of your choice.
There may be a great deal of things that you can do during a personal consultation – from finding out a surgeon’s credentials and experience to determining which technologies are currently employed in his or her practice. However, we list down the 3 most important things that you should never skip discussing with your surgeon during a face-to-face consultation.
Explain and Clarify Your Cosmetic Goals
Generally, your plastic surgeon should know exactly what it is that you want and expect from the procedure. This will help your plastic surgery team come up with a plan that is tailored and customized to your preferences, expectations, and lifestyle. It may also help if you ask your surgeon to review before-and-after photographs to be able to pinpoint what it is that you specifically want following surgery.
Find Out and Discuss Your Options
It may be best for you to be open to new options as growth in plastic surgery technology is rapidly increasing each day. You may have initially thought about wanting a face lift to help restore your youthful glow. Yet, your plastic surgeon might suggest that using facial fillers will more likely benefit you rather than having a full face lift surgery performed.
By and large, a personal consultation will help open your eyes to alternative options that will either produce optimum results more than you would have expected or have the same effective outcomes for a lower cost.
Here at our practice, there is no such thing as an insignificant question. We often encourage first-time visitors to come up with a list of questions beforehand and we’ll do our best to answer them thoroughly as we can. Aside from queries on the details of the procedure per se, you might want to include questions concerning preparation for surgery, recovery, risks, and possible complications. The greater your knowledge of the surgery, the easier it would be for you to make a sound and well-informed decision.
Setting Up Your First Personal Consultation with Dr. Timothy Jones
Get started with your plastic surgery journey today by setting up an appointment with us! Call 405.418.5400or fill out this contact form today. We look forward to your visit!
November 20, 2006 (Massachusetts) – Leominster board-certified plastic surgeon Timothy Jones, MD is seeing more patients who want cosmetic surgery results, without the downtime that comes from major surgery.
“The solution for many people might be the limited-incision facelift,” said Dr. Jones. It helps address signs of early aging with fewer incisions and faster healing – which means less downtime.
“Another area of the body that tends to show premature aging is the neck,” said Dr. Jones. “As one ages, a combination of loose, hanging skin and an accumulation of fat under the chin results in the loss of a well-defined chin – what some people call a ‘turkey wattle.’ This can be addressed through a necklift, which tightens the lax muscles of the neck and removes excess skin.”
Leominster Facial Plastic Surgery® was founded in 1998 by Dr. Jones. The office is located in 50 Memorial Road
Health Alliance Hospital, Entrance H, Suite 212, Leominster, MA 01453.
Spider veins and smaller varicose veins can be treated by Dr. Jones at our Leominster area practice. Dark leg veins can be an unsightly blemish. Often hereditary and more common in women than in men, leg veins are caused by weak vascular walls and poor circulation. Do you work long hours on your feet? This can also be a contributor to spider and varicose veins.
For more information on how this treatment can improve the look of your legs, contact our office today.
Craving lush, dark lashes? Thought you had to settle for light, thin lashes? Now you can have the gorgeous full lashes you desire! Latisse is an exciting new FDA approved product applied to the eyelashes to make them longer, thicker and darker.
Latisse is a prescription product and can be used under the supervision of Dr. Jones. New eyelash growth and thickness can be seen as early as 2 weeks after starting the product.
Contact us in Leominster today to find out more information.