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.
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Has Lee Majors become a modern-day bionic man? He sure looks a lot better than he should at his advanced age! I gave my opinion of whether he may have had plastic surgery to the National Enquirer. You can check out my comments HERE.
Photo credit: prphotos.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.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
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!