Use CPT code 15823 for a blepharoplasty procedure of the upper eyelid for patients with excessive skin weighting down the upper eyelid.
1. What Is CPT Code 15823?
CPT 15823 covers a blepharoplasty procedure that aims to improve the cosmetic appearance of the patient’s face and vision by surgically trimming away excessive skin that is weighing down the upper eyelid.
The CPT book describes CPT code 15823 as follows: “Blepharoplasty, upper eyelid; with excessive skin weighting down the lid.”
The 15823 CPT code procedure begins when the provider incises along the eyelid’s upper rim after the patient is appropriately prepped and anesthetized.
Then, they pull the skin tight and trim or excise excessive skin until there is nothing left that is weighing the eyelid down.
Next, they suture the muscle fascia, if necessary, to support the sagging muscle. Finally, they close the wound subsequently and use sutures to close the surgical wound.
4. How To Use CPT 15823
You can use CPT code 15823 for unliteral procedures. Report this code with modifier 50 if it was performed on both of the patient’s eyelids.
The documentation might include phrases such as ‘pressure on lashes,’ ‘heavy eyelids,’ or ‘block in the visual axis.’
Do not use CPT 15823 if the provider surgically trims excess skin below the upper eyelid. You may use CPT 15822 instead.