Is eyelid surgery medical or cosmetic?

Eyelid surgery is a hotly debated topic in the world of aesthetic surgery. People consider this procedure for various reasons, but the question often asked is: Is eyelid surgery purely cosmetic, or can it also be medically necessary? In this article, we take a closer look at this issue and explore the different aspects of eyelid surgery.

Aesthetic motivation for eyelid surgery

For many people, the main motivation behind eyelid surgery is aesthetic in nature. They want to look more youthful, improve their appearance and feel more confident. Excess skin and fatty deposits around the eyes can make a person look tired, older, or even irritable. Eyelid surgery can help reduce these signs of aging and create a fresher appearance.

Medical necessity for eyelid surgery

Although many eyelid corrections are performed for aesthetic reasons, there are situations in which this procedure may be medically necessary. A common medical problem requiring eyelid surgery is ptosis, a condition in which the upper eyelids begin to sag significantly. This can impair vision and lead to fatigue and headaches. In such cases, eyelid surgery can help restore visual acuity and improve overall quality of life.

Always request a (free) consultation first

Whether eyelid surgery is considered for aesthetic or medical reasons, it always begins with a consultation with an experienced eye surgeon. During this consultation, our surgeon will review your medical history, evaluate the condition of your eyelids and discuss with you what you want to achieve with the procedure.

It is important to be open and honest about your motivation and expectations during this consultation. Whether your goal is cosmetic enhancement or medical necessity, our surgeon will guide and advise you on the best course of action.

Fees and charges

Another important aspect to consider is the cost of eyelid surgery. In many cases, eyelid surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, which means the cost is usually not covered by health insurance. However, if the procedure is medically necessary because of ptosis or a similar condition, your insurance may be able to cover the cost.

It is crucial to check your insurance policy and get clarity on any reimbursements before deciding on eyelid surgery. Our surgeon and medical team can assist you in obtaining the necessary information for your insurer.


Eyelid surgery can be either a cosmetic improvement or a medical necessity, depending on your individual situation and motivation. Whether you are striving for a more youthful appearance or want to address a medical problem, a consultation with our experienced eye surgeon is always the first step. During this consultation, you can discuss your needs, evaluate costs and determine the best approach for your particular situation. Also read our blog “What questions should I ask my surgeon about eyelid surgery?“.

At Looks Clinics, we understand that motivations for eyelid surgery can be diverse. We offer comprehensive consultations and guidance to ensure that your needs are understood and that you can make the right decision. Whether for aesthetic enhancement or medical necessity, we are here to support you on your journey to renewed eyelids and self-confidence.

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Published on 30 October 2023