Facial Rejuvenation F.A.Q.
Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions answered by Dr Lipham, our facial rejuvenation specialist:
How does cosmetic or oculoplastic surgery relate to the practice of Minnesota Eye Consultants?
The physicians of Minnesota Eye Consultants are leaders in laser vision correction and cataract surgery. These procedures not only improve a person’s ability to see, but also decrease their dependency on glasses. Once patients have benefited from either cataract or refractive procedures, they are able to see better and are no longer dependent upon glasses. For the first time in many years, they are now able to look into the mirror and notice changes that have occurred in the tissue around their eyes. It is not surprising that many patients, following these types of procedures, ask whether or not something can be done to improve the appearance of the skin around their eyes and face. To provide a seamless approach to care and enhance these individuals' quality of life, the physicians of Minnesota Eye Consultants decided to bring me on board to evaluate and treat these patients.
When should I consider cosmetic surgery?
My philosophy is not to radically alter or change an individual's appearance, but to rather turn back the effects of time and produce a more youthful appearance. For this reason, I regard my cosmetic surgical services as facial rejuvenation services.
I feel that once patients have tried some of the milder forms of therapy and feel that they are not able to reach an end point that they desire, it is reasonable to consider cosmetic surgery. Ultimately, this is a decision that is different for each individual and influenced by one’s own perceptions of where they want to be with regard to their appearance.
Are these procedures covered by insurance?
Cosmetic procedures typically are not covered; however, some upper eyelid surgeries can be reimbursed through a third-party insurance company. In order to determine if an individual meets these criteria, photographs and visual fields need to be performed to document the amount of visual field loss. This type of testing would be performed at the time of the initial evaluation.
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