Eyelid Surgery FAQs
- Does your office "accept" my Insurance?
Dr. Tanenbaum accepts many insurances/insurance plans such as Medicare, Medica Health Plan, AvMed Health Plans, Doctor's Health Care Plan, and select plans through referral Eye Networks. Please inquire when calling our office.
- Does insurance "cover" my eyelid surgery?
Health insurance typically covers reconstructive/functional surgery and surgery which is performed for reasons of medical necessity. Patients with "droopy" upper lids can be personally evaluated by Dr. Tanenbaum, and most insurance plans have a preapproval/predetermination process with which our office can assist you. Dr. Tanenbaum is recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in Miami.
- How do I get to your office?
See Directions to office section including written directions from all areas, and easy to read map.
- What should I bring for a New Patient Consultation?
Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes early so as to fill-out our New Patient Forms. It is important to know your own pertinent medical history including medical allergies, prior surgeries, and any medications that you are presently taking. Please bring a valid photo I.D. and any pertinent health insurance card(s). We accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, American Express for payment.
- When & Where is surgery performed? And How Long is the recovery?
Eyelid surgeries (cosmetic, or functional/reconstructive) are typically performed on an outpatient basis. Patients arrive for surgery in the morning, and go home the same day. The vast majority of eyelid or tear duct surgeries are performed using local anesthesia injections, combined with mild intravenous sedation to keep the patients most comfortable. Dr. Tanenbaum performs most of his surgeries on an outpatient basis at the Baptist Medical Arts Surgery Center, on the Baptist Hospital campus in Kendall. A patient is fully "monitored" during this surgery (blood pressure reading, pulse oximeter for oxygen levels, EKG heart moniter, Intravenous fluid line, and board-certified anesthesia) to ensure maximum safety of all surgeries.
All patients are given careful written instructions (in English or Spanish) specific to their surgery and their recovery. Regarding work, the "average" eyelid surgery patient will take 1-2 weeks off from work for their recovery. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Tanenbaum will discuss your specific work situation with you, so as to properly plan for any recovery time. Most out-of-town patients and patients from other countries can plan on comfortably returning home in approximately 10-12 days (sometimes sooner). If a patient is planning for eyelid surgery before an important life event (eg. a family wedding, or major reunion), it is often wise to allow for a good solid month for recovery.
Dr. Tanenbaum will personally perform a thorough consultation in order to make the best recommendation(s) for you. He will give you a detailed explanation of the planned surgery including: the specific procedure, where it will be performed, the type of anesthesia, and an appropriate expected recovery. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to these questions, and Dr. Tanenbaum's approach and explanation will be highly individualized to your specific situation.
- What types of Miami cosmetic surgery does Dr. Tanenbaum perform?
Dr. Tanenbaum's medical practice is 100% limited to ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is most commonly sought for his expertise and skill in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. The most frequent surgical conditions that he treats includes: cosmetic blepharoplasty ("sagging" "puffy" "baggy" eyelids), functional blepharoplasty (very "droopy" upper lids), eyelid ptosis (upper lid very droopy), ectropion (lower lids red and "turned outward"), entropion (eyelids/eyelashes turned inward and scratching the eye), thyroid(Graves’) disease of the eyes (bulging eyes, and eyelids retracted), eyelid benign growths (styes, papillomas, cysts, etc.) and eyelid skin cancers (eg. basal cell carcinoma, etc.), tearing eyes/tear duct obstructions, orbital diseases and tumors, and anophthalmic (artificial eye prosthesis) patients.
- Does Dr. Tanenbaum perform "eye exams"?
Dr. Tanenbaum completed the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute full Residency Training Program and is Board Certified in ophthalmology. His practice is limited to ophthalmic plastic surgery. His comprehensive examination and evaluation is tailored to aspects of the eye exam important for eyelid, tear duct and orbital surgery. Dr. Tanenbaum does not perform "general eye exams" for: eyeglasses, contact lenses, cataracts, glaucoma, etc.
- Does Dr. Tanenbaum examine children?
Dr. Tanenbaum accepts patients of all ages. Common examples of patients that we see include:
- Newborn/early childhood (blocked tear ducts, droopy eyelid from birth)
- Teenager/Young Adults (styes, eyelid cysts)
- Ages 45 – 55 (cosmetic eyelid surgery)
- Ages 65-80 (droopy lids, skin cancers, tear duct problems)
- Ages 75-100+ (eyelashes turning-inward, tumors, facial palsy etc)
- What can I expect from my Initial Consultation?
Dr. Tanenbaum will personally perform a thorough New Patient evaluation and examination. This will include a detailed analysis of your specific functional and aesthestic exam findings. Dr. Tanenbaum will carefully explain his recommendations to you, and answer any questions that you might have.
- What is the cost of cosmetic eyelid surgery?
The "cost" of cosmetic eyelid surgery depends on many factors . A careful evaluation of each patient is necessary in order to determine the exact surgery that will be recommended, and the exact cost. Following consultation and surgery decision making, the patient will be provided with an exact written price quotation (This "package price" will typically include the complete surgeon's fee and "facility" fee).
- What forms of payment is accepted? Dr. Tanenbaum's office accepts cash, checks, the major credit cards such a VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, as well as Debit Cards.