Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes tissue and skin from the eyelid area, resulting in a refreshed, youthful appearance. In some cases, blepharoplasty is medically necessary to remove skin that is impairing vision. If you’re not experiencing an obstructed visual field but you want to tighten the skin around your eyes, you can choose cosmetic blepharoplasty.
Conditions Cosmetic Blepharoplasty Treats
- Bags under eyes
- Puffiness in upper or lower eyelid from fatty deposits
- Droopy eyelids that show white underneath the iris
- Folds of skin that alter the natural contour of the eyelid
- Wrinkles and fine lines around the eyelid (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
Eyelid Surgery Cost
To estimate the total cost for cosmetic blepharoplasty, inquire about the individual fees for the physician, anesthesiologist, facility, medications and testing. Eyelid surgery costs can depend on several factors such as:
- Type of procedure
- One or both eyes
- Type of physician — ophthalmologist or plastic surgeon
- Expertise of physician
- Facility — traditional hospital or ambulatory surgery center (ASC)
Because health insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic blepharoplasty, you should call several physicians in your area to compare out-of-pocket expenses. You should base your final selection on physician’s level of expertise and your overall comfort with the facility and staff, as well as the total cost for the procedure (All About Vision).
Consult an Ophthalmologist for Eyelid Surgery
Talk to your ophthalmologist about cosmetic blepharoplasty at your next comprehensive eye exam to see how you can achieve a more youthful, energized appearance. Depending on your health and your lifestyle habits, eyelid surgery can provide effective results for up to ten years.
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