Blepharoplasty is the medical name for eyelid surgery. This term refers to either upper or lower eyelid surgeries. Anyone who has had an “eye lift” has undergone blepharoplasty. This surgery is often completed for cosmetic purposes, but can also be a medical necessity if the eyelid is drooping enough to reduce eyesight. It may also be required if the patient has skin cancer on the eyelid.
There are also non-surgical methods of blepharoplasty for lower eyelids. This method is done with injections of a gel and it reduces hollowness in the eye bone, reducing the appearance of puffiness and bags. This solution is a good option for those who are worried about surgery or who do not have enough of an issue to make it worth undergoing a surgical procedure.
If your surgery is being performed because of a medical need it will be covered by insurance. To find out what you will need to pay for deductibles or co-pays you will need to call your insurance provider directly. If they surgery is for cosmetic purposes only, it will not be covered by insurance.
There are many factors to blepharoplasty costs. How extensive the surgery will be and which eyelid is going to be operated on will matter. Typically people can expect to pay $3,500 – $5,000 for an upper eyelid, $4,500 to $6,000 for the lower eyelid and $6,500 to $8,100 to have both eyelids done. The lower charges are for procedures performed in the clinic and the higher costs are if an anesthesiologist and hospital room are needed.
Additional costs that need to be factored in could include loss of work while recovering, prescription pain relievers following the surgery and additional medical costs if any complications arise. This is extremely rare, but should be considered.
If you want improvement at a lower cost, the injectable treatments like Juvederm, Restylane and Botox are an affordable option. They will never give the same results as what you would receive through surgery, but they can make a noticeable difference. For these treatments you can expect to pay $400 to $900 per visit, depending on the product used.
If your dropping eyelids are making you look old and tired, talk to a cosmetic surgeon to discover the option available to you.