How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of the eyelids. It may involve the removal of excess skin, muscle, and tissue. People have this surgery to correct droopy eyelids or sagging skin around the eyes, which can affect peripheral vision. Another reason to have this surgery is for vanity’s sake, as doing so can allow a person to look and feel younger.
Regardless of your reasons for having eyelid surgery, you’re probably wondering what this medical procedure costs. Below, we’ll explain the average price of eyelid surgery and what to do if you can’t afford it.
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Average Cost of Eyelid Surgery
Like any surgery, blepharoplasty can cost a significant amount of money. On average, eyelid surgery costs $3,026. However, there are a number of variables at play that can affect how much eyelid surgery costs, such as insurance, the type of surgery you undergo, and the costs of aftercare. Each of these variables can drastically increase or decrease the cost of your procedure.
Take the variable influences below into consideration when you investigate the cost of your eyelid surgery.
Will My Insurance Cover the Procedure?
Insurance may cover the cost of your eyelid surgery, but this depends on if you need it for medical reasons or cosmetic purposes. Most of the time, insurance will cover the procedure as long as it is deemed medically necessary. Contact your insurance provider prior to scheduling the procedure to verify whether you’re covered. If you are, find out how much you’ll end up paying towards your deductible. The insurance provider should cover post-deductible costs.
Note that when the procedure is done electively, the chances of it being covered by insurance are slim. Cosmetic procedures like this are rarely covered by insurance companies. Ask your doctor to clarify whether or not the procedure is deemed medically necessary.
Upper Lid vs Lower Lid Surgery
The lid location will make a difference in the cost of the surgery. You may choose to have surgery on the upper or lower eyelids or both. Each has a different cost associated with it because each surgery is done for a different reason.
Lower eyelid surgery is usually elective and done for cosmetic restoration, making it less likely that insurance will provide coverage. As such, lower eyelid surgery can cost more than upper eyelid surgery, which is often completed to correct visibility issues.
Surgeon’s Fees and Anesthesia
Just as with many procedures, the surgeon who completes the eyelid surgery will have their own fee. This is an important consideration when it comes to estimating the total cost of your eyelid surgery, as it is a large portion of the total cost.
Another factor that contributes to the total cost is anesthesia. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that does require anesthesia, which means there is an additional fee. Other added costs are the surgical suite fee, which varies depending on how long your procedure takes.
Pre-op vs Post-op
A number of things need to be done before your surgeon agrees to do the operation. Each of these appointments and tests may incur additional fees and co-pays, thus increasing the total cost of your eyelid surgery. Here’s what you can expect prior to eyelid surgery:
- Medical tests: Your doctor will want to conduct physical and vision tests prior to eyelid surgery. They’ll assess your tear production, take measurements of your eyelids, and test your overall vision.
- Insurance verification: You’ll need to undergo medical tests to submit a claim to your insurance company.
- Photos: Your doctor will take photos of your eyes from different angles to help map out the surgery. These photos are also helpful in supporting your insurance claim.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery, which means you can leave shortly after the procedure is complete. Prior to beginning the operation, your surgeon will use a numbing medication in the eyelid as well as an intravenous medication to help you relax during the surgery.
After the surgery, you’ll spend a period of time in a recovery room and you’ll be monitored for complications. It is common to experience the following after surgery:
- Blurry vision or watery eyes.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Swelling or numbness of the eyelid.
- Pain or discomfort.
Additional costs may be factored in depending on whether you need medications or follow-up appointments. These factors can increase or decrease the overall cost of your eyelid procedure and depend entirely on the patient and how well the procedure goes.
What if I Can’t Afford Eyelid Surgery?
It’s easy to feel intimidated by the price of eyelid surgery, especially if you can’t afford it. However, don’t give up yet. Talk to your surgeon’s office about different payment plans or financing options. Many specialists offer monthly installment plans or a discounted rate if you pay for the surgery with cash.
Remember that your self-confidence is worth more than what you invest in the procedure, so don’t be afraid to ask about the options available to you. Doing so will get you one step closer to feeling better.
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This post was updated December 12, 2019. It was originally published December 12, 2019.