Lower blepharoplasty is a highly effective cosmetic surgery procedure to eliminate under eye bags and wrinkles, and restore a well-rested, youthful appearance of the eyes. The sticker price of the surgery is an important starting point for many patients considering this procedure because it is usually treated as an elective surgery, which is not covered under insurance.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain all about lower blepharoplasty, including its estimated costs. A responsible surgeon will first educate the patient on all aspects of the procedure to help them make an informed decision. Dr. Jennifer Hui is a dedicated oculoplastic surgeon providing lower blepharoplasty to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding communities.
The dollar amount of lower eyelid surgery can vary from one practice to another and even from one patient to another in some cases. Several factors will go into determining the actual cost of the surgery.
Where the practice is located makes a significant difference to the cost of this procedure. The costs in major metropolitan regions and prime cities are usually higher because of the higher cost of living and expensive real estate in these areas. Therefore, a practice located in a prime urban center may have relatively higher costs for various procedures, including blepharoplasty, than a practice in a small town in an interior location.
Eye Surgeon’s Fee
The eye surgeon may charge a fee according to their qualifications, training, certifications and experience. Eye is the most sensitive external organ in the body, and any procedure related to the eyes should ideally be performed by a fully trained and experienced surgeon. The cost will be soon forgotten, but the cosmetic outcome of eyelid surgery may last for a very long time.
Anesthesia and Surgical Room Costs
If the surgeon decides to perform eyelid surgery using general anesthesia, it will involve the fee of an anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse. The fee can vary according to their training and qualifications. Blepharoplasty may be performed in a hospital, an accredited surgery center, or a private surgical suite. The costs and benefits in each case will vary.
Extent of Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery may be performed using an external or internal incision, depending on the patient’s needs and the skills of the operating surgeon. Some patients may require only trimming away of loose skin, while others may also require fat reduction or redistribution and tightening of the underlying eye muscle.
Some patients may choose to have lower and upper eyelid surgery together, or combine it with an additional procedure such as brow lift. The overall monetary amount of surgery will go up in case of additional procedures along with lower blepharoplasty. Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas.
Patients may consider getting the procedure financed through professional medical care financing companies. These firms offer competitive interest rates, quick loan approvals, and convenient monthly installments of up to 60 months.