Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The media has been all over this one. Statistics are showing that the number of people utilizing Medicare to pay for upper eyelid lifts has increased significantly. From Salon.com:
From 2001 to 2011, eyelid lifts charged to Medicare more than tripled to 136,000 annually, according to a review of physician billing data by the Center for Public Integrity. In 2001, physicians billed taxpayers a total of $20 million for the procedure. By 2011, the price tag had quadrupled to $80 million. The number of physicians billing the surgery more than doubled.
“With this kind of management malpractice, it’s little wonder that the [Medicare] program is in such dire shape,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), who is also a physician. “The federal government is essentially asking people to game the system. Every dollar we spend on cosmetic surgery that isn’t necessary is a dollar that can’t be used to shore up the program for people who need it the most.”
Plastic surgeons say there are a number of legitimate reasons for the spike, including a tendency among the elderly to seek fixes for real medical issues they might have quietly suffered through even a decade ago. But surgeons also acknowledge an increased awareness of the surgery fueled by reality television, word-of-mouth referrals, and advertising often including dramatic before-and-after photographs that promises a more youthful appearance. And doctors concede they face increased pressure from patients to perform eyelid lifts, even when they do not meet Medicare’s requirement that peripheral vision actually be impaired.
In my practice, I haven’t seen an increase in the number of seniors having this covered by Medicare. Medicare has specific guidelines for what is needed to get an eyelid lift covered. That being said, it’s possible for some patients (and doctors) to game the system by falsifying visual field testing. I’ve had more than one patient ask me to bill insurance for their eyelid lift when it’s not indicated. I just tell them that I don’t commit fraud.
Here is a video I did for Fox News of an eyelid lift that was billed to insurance (appropriately!):
For more on this story, visit Salon.com.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
This is a recent TV segment I filmed for ABC TV. We discuss the various ways a person can improve the bags under the eyes, including both surgical and non-surgical techniques. I hope you enjoy watching it!
Friday, August 17th, 2012
“After nursing both my kids for a year each, my boobs were deflated,” mom of
two Trista Sutter, 39, reveals exclusively in the new issue of Life & Style.
“And I had a droopy eye. It was something that I noticed in every picture I’ve
She decided to move forward with getting plastic surgery on her eyes and
breasts — a blepharoplasty to lift her eyelids and remove the bags under her
eyes, and breast augmentation with an internal lift that increased her cup size
from a small B to a full C — all in one day.
“I realized that the surgery was something I had to do for myself, just for
my own self-confidence and to feel good again about being in bathing suits and
being intimate with my husband,” Trista, who fell in love with her husband,
Ryan, on The Bachelorette, in 2003, tells the mag.
“He wanted me to be happy, so he said, ‘Whatever you need to do to make
yourself happy, go for it,’” she says with a smile.
“I wanted to feel pretty again — and I do!”
You can check out a before-and-after of Trista HERE.
As you can see, she looks fantastic. Her breasts fit her frame nicely, and her eyelids look great. This is definitely an example of great celebrity plastic surgery. Kudos to her surgeon for the great work, and kudos to Trista for being so honest about her plastic surgery.
Friday, July 20th, 2012
Ali Wentworth is an actress and writer married to George Stephanopoulos. She’s been very up front and candid about her recent blepharoplasty surgery. She posted a photo of her appearance shortly after the procedure on her twitter account: https://twitter.com/AliEWentworth. As you can see, she’s quite swollen and bruised. This is a pretty typical appearance a few days after surgery.
It’s great to see her being so open about revealing her plastic surgery. More recent photos show her looking great! Kudos to Ali!
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
The 75-year-old actor tells OK! Magazine his face is untouched. “I was never lifted. I would not have a problem with the truth, but I inherited my smooth skin from my father.”
The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Boogie Nights,” did admit that too many on-screen fisticuffs required him to get his eyes tweaked.
“In the mid ’80s, after some fights in a film, I had to have my eyes done,” he says. “For one, I almost went blind because I got black powder in my eye. Also I had terrible sacks under my eyes from the many fist fights. My eyes were not in form any more. I had that corrected.”
-Hysterical laughter- If Burt hasn’t had a facelift, then I’m a Teletubbie! His skin is excessively tight and he has a ‘sweeping’ appearance to his cheeks. This is just my opinion, but he doesn’t look anything like the rugged Burt of Smokey and the Bandit. If he doesn’t want to admit to having a facelift, then maybe he should just answer with a ‘no comment’ when people ask him!
You can read my previous analysis of Burt’s possible plastic surgery here.
Photo credit: prphotos.com
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Everyone’s favorite 89 year old comedian / actress Betty White has revealed that she had her eyelids done… in 1976! In her memoir, she writes:
“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature! But in 1976 I had my eyelids done. I scolded myself forever, but now I’m glad I did it.”
Good for you, Betty! She looks healthy, happy, and at least 15 years younger than her 89 years.
Thank you for being a friend
As an aside, for all you Detroiters, I will be on the Channel 4 WDIV 11 pm news tomorrow night discussing plastic surgery for graduation!
Friday, March 11th, 2011
Country crooner Kenny Rogers has now sworn off plastic surgery. The 72 year old singer had previously admitted to undergoing botched eyelid surgery, and now states that he believes he is too old for more work. According to a recent interview with People, Kenny stated:
“At my age now, I would never do that again because I have two young kids and there’s a danger with any surgery,” Rogers said.
A couple thoughts:
1. In addition to blepharoplasty surgery, I bet he’s also had a facelift.
2. Seventy-two is not too old for plastic surgery. A bigger factor than age is health. I would rather operate on a healthy, nonsmoking 70 year old than a nonhealthy 40 year old smoker.
3. It’s good he has sworn off plastic surgery and not Gambling with his looks. He would look better if things aged normally for a while. Looks like he knows when to walk away and when to run!
Story credit: contactmusic.com
For my previous post on Kenny’s plastic surgery, click here
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Saturday, October 30th, 2010
Rumors are circulating that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has undergone plastic surgery. His bruised appearance during a trip to the Ukraine has prompted speculation that he may have had a facelift or other plastic surgery. Putin’s spokesman refuted these rumors, claiming that the dark spots were due to bad lighting.
If I had to guess I’d say he probably had a minor injury on part of his face, maybe from walking into a door in the middle of the night. He doesn’t appear to have had a facelift, although an upper blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) is possible. The skin of his neckline is still somewhat loose, and there are no telltale scars around the ears to signify a facelift.
Even if I thought he had plastic surgery, I don’t know if I’d admit it. He’s one scary dude.
Photo credit: TIME.com
Sunday, August 19th, 2007
Plastic surgeons always need to be careful to retain the masculine characteristics of their male patients’ faces. Most plastic surgery procedures have been designed around women’s faces, since 87% of our patients are women. I believe that upper eyelid surgery in men can be the most risky regarding this.
Chuck looks like such a nice guy now that I bet most ninjas are no longer afraid of him…
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Sunday, January 21st, 2007
Hollyscoop is reporting that Paris Hilton may be considering plastic surgery to repair her uneven upper eyelids. Her left eyelid looks a bit droopy at times (medical term is eyelid ptosis) and this can be repaired with a blepharoplasty with ptosis repair.
Sure, her eyelid may be a bit asymmetrical, but I wouldn’t be rushing off to fix this. Somehow I think we’ll be seeing her droopy eyelid for years to come…
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Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.
Monday, April 17th, 2006
Kenny Rogers Update:
It seems that he admits to having his eyelids done, but they are too tight. In a recent magazine he is quoted as saying:
“Last year I had so many lines coming in at the side of my eyes up here. So I went in and got my eyes done, and I’m not happy about it. (The surgeon) is going to go in and fix that for me. They’re too tight around the eyelids for me. It drives me crazy. I wake up in the morning, and Wanda says, “You look great.” But I know what I want to look like. If we can fix that, then I’ll be glad I did it. If we can’t fix it, I’ll regret it or get used to it. ”
Too bad for Kenny. His plastic surgeon has apparently taken too much eyelid skin off, making his lids too tight. This is a big problem that is not easily corrected. For some people time will loosen it up a bit. For others, the only way to treat overly tight upper eyelids is to lengthen the eyelids with a skin graft. It is very important for men to go to plastic surgeons who have a keen eye for not feminizing a man who doesn’t want it. Overly tight eyelids can make men look more effeminate. I’ve given lectures on this locally. Hopefully Kenny’s eyes will loosen up a bit!
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
The Gambler has gambled on some plastic surgery…and won?? Kenny Rogers was on “American Idol” tonight, looking pretty decent. I believe he’s had upper and lower eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) performed, making his eyes look wide open. It’s a good job, since it doesn’t make him look too effeminate, like some men who appear to have had work done (Michael Douglas – eyelids, Robert Redford – eyelids, David Gest – yikes!). An upper eyelid lift takes about an hour, can be performed with twilight anesthesia (not general), and has a recovery time of a week or so. Pain is almost nonexistent.
By the way, I thought it was a lackluster night tonight on AI. I’m rooting for Chris, Kelly Pickler, or Mandiva (my favorite, Lisa, got voted off last week!). Bucky, Taylor and Ace need to hit the road!