Eyelid surgery has emerged as one of the popular plastic surgery procedures in recent years. More than 200,000 blepharoplasty surgeries are performed each year in the United States. Dr. Jennifer Hui is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon providing this treatment to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.
The cost of blepharoplasty may vary from one practice to another or even from one patient to another at the same practice. A number of cost factors may be responsible for it.
The cost of living index is not the same across the country, and may vary between states and cities. The average cost of most types of goods and services, including cosmetic surgery services may be impacted by it. For instance, the cost of eyelid surgery in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas may not be the same as the cost in Phoenix.
Fee Charged by the Surgeon
The fee charged by an oculoplastic surgeon may depend on their qualifications, experience and recognition in the field of eyelid surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends that patients should choose the most appropriate surgeon for their needs, and surgeon’s fee should be viewed only as a secondary consideration while making such choices.
Cost of Surgical Facility
Operating room costs can vary depending on the kind of technologies, facilities, staff and services are offered at a particular facility. As far as possible, the patients should choose only a reputed facility for a delicate procedure such as eyelid surgery.
Complexity of Surgery
The length and complexity of surgery can have an influence on the overall cost of eyelid procedure. If the surgery involves correction of functional issues along with the goals of aesthetic enhancement, or if an additional procedure such as a brow lift is combined with eyelid lift, the overall cost of procedure may go up.
Patients should also take into account seemingly minor costs such as the cost of medical tests, prescription drugs, and post-surgery visits to the surgeon’s office.
Average Cost of the Procedure
Lower blepharoplasty typically costs slightly more than an upper blepharoplasty. The cost of lower blepharoplasty may be in the range of $4,000 to $6,000, while upper blepharoplasty may cost between $3,000 and $5,000. A combination of the two procedures may cost about $6,000 to $7,000, which can be a more cost-effective option. If a brow lift surgery is added along with the eyelid surgery, an additional cost of $3,000 to $4,000 may have to be added to the overall cost.
Insurance and Financing
The cost of blepharoplasty may be covered under the patient’s health insurance plan if the procedure is performed to correct a functional anomaly. However, when the surgery is performed purely for aesthetic reasons, the patient may have to bear the full cost out of pocket. Patients may get in touch with professional medical care financing companies to make the payments in convenient installments. The office of the eyelid surgeon may be able to provide guidance and assistance with regard to insurance and financing of the procedure.