BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Blepharoplasty

DESCRIPTION

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure involving the removal of excess tissue from the eyelids.  It may be either reconstructive (functional) or cosmetic (aesthetic).

Reconstructive blepharoplasty is commonly performed to correct blepharochalasis, sometimes referred to as pseudoptosis - a diminished visual field caused by the weight of excess upper eyelid tissue.

Cosmetic blepharoplasty is performed to improve/alter appearance.

POLICY

MEDICAL APPROPRIATENESS

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Surgery may be performed to treat eyelid lesions/alterations due to inflammatory processes such as Grave's disease, ectropion, entropion, blepharoptosis, and floppy eyelid syndrome (ptosis). It may also be indicated in cases of trauma to the eyelids and orbit. However this policy does not include these conditions and/or diagnoses nor does it address their surgical management.

SOURCES

American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2007, March). Practice parameter for blepharoplasty. Retrieved January 11.2012 from http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/medical-professionals/health-policy/evidence-practice/Blepharoplasty-Practice-Parameter.pdf.

Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC. (2013, August). LCD for drugs and biological: Octreotide acetate for injectable suspension (Sandostatin® & Sandostatin LAR® Depot ) (L30032). Retrieved October 1, 2009 from http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/lcd-details.aspx?LCDId=30057&ContrId=218&ver=15&ContrVer=1&CoverageSelection=Both&ArticleType=All&PolicyType=Final&s=Tennessee&KeyWord=blepharoplasty&KeyWordLookUp=Title&KeyWordSearchType=And&from2=search.asp&bc=gAAAABAAAAAAAA%3d%3d&.

Naik, M. N., Honavar, S. G., Das, S., Desai, S., & Dhepe, N. (2009). Blepharoplasty: An overview. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 2 (1), 6-11.

Nassif, P. S. (2007). Lower blepharoplasty: Transconjunctival fat repositioning. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, 40 (2), 381-390.

ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE:  1/11/1983

MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE:  1/21/2014

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