Five Factors that Influence the Cost of Blepharoplasty
The skin around the eyes is highly likely to sag, droop, and wrinkle prematurely. The result is puffy or tired-looking eyes that make patients appear older than they actually are. Blepharoplasty, however, can reverse the signs of aging, improve peripheral vision, and enhance a patient’s overall aesthetic.
Mesna Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center is the premier location for image-enhancing treatments in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Gregory T. Mesna has over two decades of experience helping patients address sagging and excess tissue around the eyes with safe and effective blepharoplasty (also called eyelid surgery).
If you want to reignite your youthful glow, then you may be considering blepharoplasty. But, before you commit to the procedure, learning about the financial commitments involved can be helpful. Here, Dr. Mesna explores five factors that can influence the cost of blepharoplasty.
The Average Cost of Blepharoplasty
According to statistics gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of blepharoplasty is $4,120. Typically, health insurance companies do not cover cosmetic surgeries, so patients should anticipate paying all surgery-related fees on their own. However, many insurance companies do cover eyelid surgery if it improves the patient’s peripheral vision.
If you are unsure of your insurance coverage, Dr. Mesna’s Minneapolis team can verify your coverage before scheduling the procedure.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Blepharoplasty
Several factors can influence the cost of blepharoplasty. Understanding the way these factors influence the procedure can help you budget accordingly.
1. Type of Eyelid Surgery
There are two types of blepharoplasty–lower eyelid surgery and upper eyelid surgery. Lower eyelid surgery addresses issues like puffiness and bags under the eye. Upper eyelid surgery addresses concerns like hooded or sagging eyelids.
Both surgeries allow patients to erase the signs of aging, but the procedures can be vastly different with distinct outcomes. In general, upper eyelid surgeries tend to take less time and are not as involved as lower eyelid surgery. As a result, upper blepharoplasty tends to be slightly less costly than lower blepharoplasty.
2. Case Complexity
Regardless of the type, blepharoplasty cases can vary in complexity. More intricate issues, like bags or puffiness under the eye, take more planning, skill, and time to correct. Therefore, patients can expect to pay more for complex procedures, like a transconjunctival blepharoplasty.
3. Hospital Fees
Depending on insurance coverage, patients may be responsible for all surgical fees, including operating room and anesthesia fees. These fees can quickly add up, as statistics suggest that operating room costs can range from $7 to $100 per minute.
Blepharoplasty can take between one and two hours to complete. This means that patients may incur an operating room fee between $420 and $12,000, depending on what city and state they live in.
4. Geographic Location
Geographic location plays an important role in the cost of blepharoplasty. Typically, large cities have higher cost-of-living rates and more experienced surgeons. Therefore, patients may notice higher fees in dense cities compared to rural areas.
5. Surgeon Experience
An experienced plastic surgeon has more earning potential than a surgeon new to the profession. Dr. Mesna has over 20 years of experience, making him an expert in his field. As such, his surgical fees reflect his skill and expertise.
However, patients who choose an experienced surgeon (like Dr. Mesna) usually experience better results, faster recovery time, and fewer postoperative complications. Subsequently, patients save more time and money when they choose an experienced surgeon.
Explore Revitalizing Blepharoplasty-Schedule a Consultation
If you’re ready to reclaim your youthful glow, schedule a blepharoplasty consultation at Mesna Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center in Minneapolis. We will happily explore all of your options and explain all of the financial commitments involved in the procedure. Book your appointment now by calling (952) 927-4556 or by sending our team a message.