LOWER EYELID SURGERY
Lower eyelid surgery is a relatively minor procedure, but it can have a dramatic impact to create a rejuvenated upper face appearance. If lower blepharoplasty is performed as an elective cosmetic surgery, the costs will not be covered by insurance. In such cases, the cost becomes a key starting point for many patients.
At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will discuss various aspects of lower eyelid surgery, including its costs. The first goal of the surgeon will be to help the patient make a well-considered choice. Dr. Jennifer Hui is an oculoplastic surgeon providing lower eyelid surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations and cities in this part of the state.
FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST
The cost of lower blepharoplasty can differ between two practices, and in some cases, even between two patients at the same practice. Some of the key factors affecting the cost include:
LOCATION OF THE PRACTICE
Practices located in main metropolitan areas and prime urban centers will usually have higher median incomes, more expensive real estate costs, and higher overheads. Therefore, the cost of lower eyelid surgery and other cosmetic procedures will be typically higher in such locations compared to a practice located in a smaller town in an interior region.
FEE CHARGED BY THE SURGEON
The surgeon performing lower blepharoplasty will charge a fee according to their skills, qualifications and experience in eye procedures. Patients should ideally choose an oculoplastic surgeon who has advanced training in performing such procedures.
Eyes are a delicate part of the body, and the results should be safe and predictable, while at the same time, sustainable and natural looking. Therefore, surgeon’s fee should be a secondary factor, while the surgeon’s professional credentials should be a primary consideration.
ANESTHESIA AND SURGICAL VENUE EXPENSES
In some cases, eyelid surgery may be performed with the patient under general anesthesia. This will add to the costs because the fee of the anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist nurse will be involved.
This fee may be charged according to the expertise of the anesthesia provider. Lower eyelid surgery may be performed at a hospital, an accredited surgery center or a private surgical suite. The costs and benefits associated with each option will vary.
EXTENT OF SURGERY
Lower blepharoplasty may involve an internal or external incision technique. Some patients may need a limited improvement involving only skin tightening, while others may additional require fat redistribution and repositioning of the underlying loose eye muscles. In some cases, lower blepharoplasty may be combined with forehead lift, Botox or another procedure.
The price tag will vary in each case. Successful and adroit eye surgeon Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas.
Most patients will have the option to get the eyelid procedure financed through third party medical care financing firms. Patients can often avail of quick loan approvals, lower interest rates, and convenient monthly installments of up to 60 months with these firms.