How much does eyelid surgery cost? Check out our guide to learn about the true price of eyelid surgery.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought your eyelids looked droopy, baggy, or puffy? Did you ever feel like you look tired even after a good night’s rest? Such impressions can lead you to consider cosmetic eyelid surgery.
But how much does eyelid surgery cost? We answer that question, talk about why eyelids droop, get baggy or puffy, and address how such surgery may be covered by insurance.
Eye-Opening Costs of Eyelid Surgery
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates blepharoplasty – eyelid surgery to remove excess skin and fat – will cost $3,026 on average. Keep in mind there are other fees besides the basic “sticker price.”
These additional fees include the operating room charge, anesthesia, and other medical necessities. All will make their way onto your final bill.
Your total cost will depend on the surgeon and location. But a good estimate is from $2,500 to $6,000 for the total cost.
5 Reasons for Eyelid Surgery
Do you wonder whether eyelid surgery could help you and your condition? Here are five of the most common reasons people consider eyelid surgery.
1) Droopy eyelid
The lifting muscle of the upper eyelid can weaken for various reasons giving rise to a droopy appearance because the eyelid muscle cannot completely raise the lid up and open giving you a sleepy look. During this type of eyelid surgery, the surgeon repairs this eyelid muscle allowing the upper eyelid to open completely. Your eyes will look wider and brighter after recovery.
2) Hooded or Baggy eyelids
Hooded eyelids have extra skin and sometimes fat that hang over your natural crease. This makes your eye look smaller and you may appear as if you are tired.
3) Double eyelid
Double eyelid is when a flap of skin covers the natural eyelid. This gives the appearance of having two eyelids or an overlapping eyelid.
Surgery removes some of the excess skin. After surgery, more eyelid will show with a more natural appearance.
4) Excess skin on lower eyelids
These droopy extra folds of skin under the eye give you a tired appearance. This can be as subtle as an extra line of skin under the lower lid or many rungs of hanging skin.
5) Eyelid Bags or Puffiness
Like the excess lower lid skin, eye puffiness gives you “bags” under your eyes. Excess fat bulges forward which makes your lower eyelid look puffy or baggy underneath.
Puffy eyelids can appear much worse when you don’t get enough sleep or during allergy season. But those don’t justify surgery. If your puffy eyelids never go away, that’s when you should consider surgery.
Will Insurance Cover Blepharoplasty?
Most insurance companies will cover UPPER eyelid surgery if it’s medically necessary, meaning it is blocking vision. Most insurance policies won’t cover cosmetic procedures. Lower eyelids are usually not covered by insurance because the bags and wrinkles there do not block vision. Your doctor will let you know if your situation qualifies as a medical necessity.
Self Confidence Is Worth the Cost
Your eyes are one of the most noticeable features on your face. Eyelid surgery can take years off your face. Knowing what eyelid surgery costs can help you save up for it.
Open up your eyes, let them shine bright and be happier with the person who looks back at you from the mirror.
If you live in the Omaha area and want to rejuvenate your eyes, call (402) 391-4558 today to schedule your consultation.