Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
Eyelid Surgery Cost
Droopy eyelids are a main reason why many patients consider eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery, which is also called blepharoplasty, is used to remove and tighten excess eyelid skin with the goal of a more alert and youthful appearance.
In some cases, blepharoplasty can also improve a patient’s vision by providing removing the excess skin which can obstruct the field of view.
Blepharoplasty is used to remove excess skin, muscle and fat from the eyelids. In some cases, patients may only need to have skin removed but may not need to have any muscle removed. It is also possible that the procedure is required on both upper and lower eyelids in order to obtain the desired results.
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty should not be confused with upper eyelid ptosis surgery. Upper eyelid ptosis surgery is a procedure used to raise the position of the upper eyelid by tightening the muscle and tendon. Blepharoplasty surgery can elevate an upper eyelid margin slightly in the event that the excess skin is weighing down the upper eyelid, which may cause it to droop.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is an optional surgical procedure performed to improve a patient’s appearance.
Unfortunately, over time the upper and lower eyelids can become droopy or develop puffy bags as part of the normal aging process. The eyebrows may also sag or droop over time.
The eyelid skin stretches, the muscles weaken and fat pockets can become more prominent over time as they bulge. It is possible that this is a hereditary condition which may runs in a patient’s family.
Aesthetically, these conditions can detract from the overall appearance of the eyes and face which result in a tired and aged appearance.
Numerous different types of surgeons are able to perform cosmetic blepharoplasty.
Ophthalmologists and oculoplastic surgeons, which is a surgical sub-specialty of ophthalmology, typically perform these types of procedures. However, general plastic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, in addition to ear, nose and throat surgeons are also able to perform cosmetic eyelid surgery.
Best Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
For patients considering eyelid surgery, it is important to first schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. The doctor can evaluate your overall health and identify any medical problems related to your eyelids which may prevent your ability to complete eyelid surgery.
Patients may consider blepharoplasty when there is excessive drooping and sagging of the skin around eyes. This often occurs due to normal aging process. Sagging skin also can also be exaggerated when other conditions are present such as puffy eyes from eye allergies or edema.
Eyelid Surgery Cost
The cost for blepharoplasty varies, depending on numerous factors including where you live, the surgeon selected for the procedure, the surgeon's training or subspecialty, the facility where the surgery will be performed and the details of the eyelid surgery needed.
The average cost for eye lift surgery can range from about $2,000 for a simple procedure to $5,000 for a more complicated case.
These estimates are only for the surgeon's fees. Charges for the surgery facility or an in-office operating suite are additional costs and can range from about $800 to $2,000.
For patients who are undergoing a functional blepharoplasty, Medicare or a private health insurance will likely cover a large portion of the cost for the procedure. The insurance company may require prior authorization before proceeding with the surgery. Be sure to discuss expected costs and coverages with your insurance provider.
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