Cost of Eyelid Surgery How Much Should You Save Up?
Reviewed by Darrick E. Antell, MD
The cost of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) varies based on several factors, including the expertise of the surgeon, extent of the procedure and whether it's done as a standalone surgery or in combination with other procedures, such as a brow lift or injectables. Other factors that may affect eyelid surgery cost include the surgeon's fee as well as the geographic location of his or her practice.
Eyelid surgery cost is comprised primarily of anesthesia fees, facility fees and surgeon fees. The total cost can range from $2,000 to $5,000 or higher. Why the big range? Among other variables, the extent of the surgery plays a major role in determining cost. For example, upper and lower lid blepharoplasty costs about twice as much as lower lid blepharoplasty alone.
Like the cost of ear surgery, facelift or rhinoplasty, the cost of eyelid surgery tends to be higher in big cities such as New York City or Los Angeles due to high overhead and a greater demand for surgery. Surgeons outside of the United States may charge less for eyelid surgery, enticing some people to travel abroad for the procedure, a phenomenon known as "medical tourism." If you are interested in medical tourism, you should take the same precautions you would in the United States. Check to see if the surgeon(s) you are considering are board certified by reputable medical boards located in the country in which they practice. Your surgeon should also be in good standing with the medical community.
Eyelid Surgery Cost: Breaking it Down
The average surgeon's fee for blepharoplasty is around $2,900, according to the most recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This is just an average, which means some surgeons charge a lot more and others may charge a lot less.
Anesthesia fees range from $400 to $800, depending, once again, on the extent of the surgical plan. The facility fee can be as high as $1,000.
Other fees may not be included in your initial estimate. These include the cost of any post-operative medications (such as painkillers, antibiotics or artificial tear drops) and any surgical supplies or other items that you may need during your eyelid surgery recovery (such as dark sunglasses and/or camouflage makeup). There may also be costs associated with preoperative blood work and exams to make sure you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery.
If your eyelid surgery is combined with facelift, laser skin resurfacing, facial implants or another procedure, your total cost will increase, as the surgery will take longer. In the long run, combining procedures may be cost-efficient, as you will only be responsible for one facility and anesthesia fee. However, it can also increase the complexity of your surgery as well as your eyelid surgery risk profile.
Eyelid Surgery Cost: Insurance Issues
If your eyelid surgery is considered purely cosmetic, insurance will not cover the cost. If your blepharoplasty is to correct a medical condition such as eyelid ptosis (drooping eyelid) that affects your vision, it may be covered. Find out before you book your surgery. Financing plans may be available to help you cover the cost of your eyelid surgery if it is prohibitive. The cost of a male eyelid surgery procedure does not differ from the cost of female eyelid surgery.
Make sure that you discuss eyelid surgery cost with a board-certified plastic surgeon during your consultation. Cost is an important factor, but it should not be the only factor in your decision to undergo eyelid surgery. The most qualified surgeon may or may not be the one with the lowest price quote.
About the Reviewer of This Article
Darrick E. Antell, MD, is an educational spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in private practice for more than 20 years in New York City. Dr. Antell is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Antell received his general surgery training at Stanford University Medical Center and his specialty training in plastic/reconstructive surgery at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
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