How Much Does a Blepharoplasty Cost?

How Much Does a Blepharoplasty Cost?

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is a procedure that can be done for both medical and aesthetic reasons. In this post, we explain the costs of a blepharoplasty, what can influence it, and who would be a good candidate for the procedure.

What is a Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a procedure designed to remove and tighten excess skin below and above the eye. When sagging occurs in these areas, it can make us appear more tired, older, and it could even impair our vision. For cosmetic purposes, a blepharoplasty can restore a more youthful appearance. For medical purposes, the procedure can improve your field of vision by removing the sagging skin that is obstructing your eyes.

Average Cost of Blepharoplasty

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons discusses the average cost of a blepharoplasty across the country and what factors affect it. This price point can vary for a variety of reasons, so it is important to keep in mind that this price point is a national average and not a quote.

Factors That Influence Final Pricing

There are a number of factors that could influence the overall cost of a blepharoplasty.

  • Anesthesia – Patients who would prefer the procedure to be done under general anesthesia will need to pay slightly more.
  • Medical insurance – A blepharoplasty may be partially or fully covered by your insurance. This is usually the case if your eyelids are impeding day-to-day activities and you require a blepharoplasty for medical purposes.
  • Combined procedures – A blepharoplasty can typically be combined with a brow lift for an extra fee. A forehead/brow lift can reverse frown lines that appear on the forehead. So, when combined with a blepharoplasty, it can produce a dramatic anti-aging effect for a lower cost.
  • Upper and lower blepharoplasty – Depending on the circumstances, the surgeon may separate upper and lower blepharoplasty as different procedures. This could result in two separate procedures and may lead to higher costs.
  • Pre-surgical expenses – Pre-surgical expenses generally consist of medical tests and lab work to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty. This can also include follow-up visits and prescription medications. These costs are generally not included in the initial quote.
  • Facility fees – In most cases, blepharoplasty is done on an outpatient basis, meaning you are not required to stay in the hospital after the procedure.
    However, if there is a case where you do need an overnight stay, then this can increase the overall costs of a blepharoplasty.

It’s important to discuss the costs of a blepharoplasty during your consultation, so you have a rough idea of how much the entire procedure will cost.

Upper VS Lower Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is the name given to the procedure to remove excess skin from both the upper and lower eyelid, but it can also sometimes be separated as “upper blepharoplasty” and “lower blepharoplasty”. Upper blepharoplasty removes excess skin above the eye while lower blepharoplasty removes excess skin below the eye.

The purpose of upper blepharoplasty is to remove excess tissue on the upper eyelid to help with appearance and, in severe cases, to improve vision. Lower blepharoplasty focuses on treating drooping and puffy skin below the eyes. Removing this can help restore a youthful appearance and eliminate wrinkles around the lower eye area.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be interested in undergoing both upper and lower blepharoplasty. This could potentially increase the costs of the procedure. 

Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

A candidate for blepharoplasty should be a healthy adult who has no existing eye conditions and ideally does not smoke. 

For medical purposes, a good candidate would be someone who is currently experiencing vision-related issues as a result of excess skin above the eye. If their eyesight is being limited due to the sagging skin, then blepharoplasty is a quick and effective way to remove the excess tissue and improve vision.

For cosmetic purposes, a good candidate would be someone who is looking to create a more youthful appearance, remove wrinkles and fine lines, and reduce the puffiness around the eyes. Since the procedure can also be combined with a brow lift, it’s a great procedure that can be used to reduce the effects of aging.

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about blepharoplasty? Schedule your consultation, or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

*Individual results may vary.

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