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Breaking Down How Much Blepharoplasty Costs

Shot of a mature woman using a laptop at home to research blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty — often called eyelid surgery — is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed worldwide. Men and women considering blepharoplasty at my Toronto practice 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. Eyelid surgery’s popularity is due in part because it produces fairly dramatic changes for a relatively low price.

Here’s is the cost breakdown:

  • Upper eyelid surgery: $3,8156
  • Lower eyelid surgery: $5,750
  • Upper and lower eyelid surgery: $9,010
  • Endobrow with upper eyelid surgery: $9,930
  • Endobrow with upper and lower eyelid surgery: $14,180

These costs reflect the surgeon’s fee, the operating room fee, and the cost of anesthesia.

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 it involves general anesthesia.

Combining the procedures, if necessary, is more cost-effective because patients pay certain fees only once.

Some patients who are considering lower eyelid surgery may actually benefit from nonsurgical fillers, instead, such as Restylane® treatments to fill in hollowed-out areas between the lower eyelid and the cheek. The procedure is less costly, but it doesn’t provide permanent results.

Blepharoplasty before and after with Toronto surgeon Dr. Derek Ford.

This is one of my previous patients who had both upper and lower eyelid surgery. You can see in the “after” photo that she appears more rested and alert.

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Derek T. Ford, MD, FRCSC