Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed worldwide. Men and women considering blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) usually have a lot of questions about the procedure, beginning with the cost.
Virtually every patient who is interested in eyelid surgery (and any other procedure) first needs to know if it is a financially viable option. The popularity of this procedure is partially because it produces fairly dramatic changes for a relatively low price.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery can be performed on one set of eyelids or both. I often combine eyelid surgery with an endoscopic brow lift (endobrow) to reduce brow heaviness and smooth out forehead lines. Here’s the estimated cost breakdown of common blepharoplasty procedure combinations at my practice:
- Upper eyelid surgery: $6,000
- Lower eyelid surgery: $7,330
- Upper and lower eyelid surgery: $10,990
- Endobrow with upper eyelid surgery: $12,890
- Endobrow with upper and lower eyelid surgery: $18,190
These eyelid surgery prices reflect the surgeon’s fee, the operating room fee, and the cost of anesthesia, but they do not include taxes. In some cases, the cost for upper eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance (as I discussed in a separate blog post).
Why is lower blepharoplasty more expensive?
The first thing you might notice is the difference between the cost of upper and lower blepharoplasty. Lower eyelid surgery, for a number of reasons, is more complex than upper eyelid surgery. Lower blepharoplasty usually involves not just the removal of excess skin, but also removing fat deposits that are more prevalent under the eye.
An upper eyelid procedure usually takes about an hour and is typically performed using a local anesthetic. A lower blepharoplasty operation will take 2 to 3 hours in most cases and involves general anesthesia. Combining the procedures, if necessary, is more cost-effective because patients pay certain fees only once.
Are there alternatives to lower eyelid surgery?
Some patients who are considering lower eyelid surgery may actually benefit from nonsurgical fillers such as Restylane® or fat grafting (as described in another blog post) instead to fill in hollowed-out areas between the lower eyelid and the cheek. These treatments are initially less costly, but results from filler treatments are temporary.
These photos show some of my previous patients who had eyelid surgery. You can see in the “after” photos that they appear more rested and alert. For additional patient photos, visit my online photo gallery.
Updated July 2023