Blepharoplasty, or Eyelid surgery, has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in Australia. Every year, a lot of people undergo surgery to add creases to their eyelids. Many men and women have undergone the procedure despite the risks, as they know and understand the advantages that come with the double eyelid surgery.
There are many reasons as to why men and women decide to undergo an eyelid surgery. It could be for a job, one’s fashion sense, influence of friends, for one’s happiness or even to boost their self-confidence.
So, how much does it really cost if you were to have an upper eyelid surgery? Is it the same price with the lower eyelid surgery? What are the advantages and disadvantages if you were to combine the two procedures?
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to create eyelid folds. It can beperformed on younger and older individuals to create a subtle crease. The surgery can be done after a few carefully placed stitches which make the eyes appear larger.
The surgery comes in different techniques such as non-incision, partial incision, and full-incision methods.
As we age, our eyelids can become puffy and droopy, causing the excess skin to sag over the lashes. When this happens, your eyes will make you look old and tired, even affecting your vision.
Eyelid surgery can help manage, and even solve, these eye and skin issues by restoring the skin around your eyes to create a natural, younger-looking appearance. The procedure can drastically reduce these signs of aging. There can also be improvements to your vision as the sagging lids are minimised.
There’s no doubt that many people who have undergone eyelid surgery feel younger, more beautiful and confident.
How Much Will Double Eyelid Surgery Cost You?
Eyelid Surgery costs differ widely because it will depend on your overall situation and desired results.
You can expect treatment costs to fall within the following ranges:
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty can cost – $2,500 – 4,500 (AUD)
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty can cost – $2,500 – 4,500 (AUD)
Cost of combined upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty can cost – Between $4,500 – 8,000 (AUD)
The total costs involved in a double eyelid surgery can be broken into the following components below:
- Surgeon’s fees
- Assistant surgeon’s fees
- Anaesthetist’s fees
- Hospital costs
- Follow-up visits for a given period
A surgeon fee often includes the cost of the double eyelid procedure including post-operative and pre-operative care. Some surgeons will not charge you for one or two follow-up visits after undergoing the eyelid surgery.
Meanwhile, the surgery is often performed either through alight sedation or a local anaesthetic.The cost of the anaesthetists usually depends on their qualifications. Usually, the hourly charge of an anaesthetist for a cosmetic procedure would range from 600-650 AUD.
Typically an eyelid surgery takes one to three hours of completion, depending on how much work is needed. So, if you want to have a double eyelid surgery, you may need to pay your anaesthetist for a total of 4 to 6 hours.
The wide range in surgeon fees usually reflects differences in a surgeon’s expertise and experience in eyelid surgery, his qualifications, professional recognition, and popularity.
Of course, geography counts. The surgeon fee can also be based on where the practice or office is located. Your surgeon would provide you with a detailed breakdown of costs during the initial consultation.
In addition to the entire surgical technique of removing excess skin, fat and muscle, most surgeons today use laser-assisted techniques to perform the procedure. The specific techniques that your surgeon use will also influence the total cost of your double eyelid surgery.
Is there a consultation fee?
Most surgeons require initial consultation fee when a patient first sees a surgeon regarding blepharoplasty.Consultation fees can varyfrom $50 (AUD) to $500 (AUD), depending on the expertise of the surgeon. The good news is, Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery clinic offers free consultation.
Is Blepharoplasty covered by your insurance?
Medicare reimbursements usually cover the costs of necessary medical procedures and serious medical conditions. However, it does not cover the costs of cosmetic surgery. In this case, blepharoplasty is considered as a cosmetic procedure. However, if your droopy eyelids impair your vision, then it could have medical reimbursements.
Whether your insurance fund covers costs of double eyelid surgery, it usually depends on the type of insurance coverage you have. Some insurance providers cover hospital fees and some other medical condition costs, depending on your insurance policy.
Therefore, you should clarify with your insurance fund company what exactly is covered and not covered before having any procedure.
Will the effects of the surgery last?
The effects of a double eyelid surgery could last for five to ten years. Of course, you will also need to take care of your skin and watch your diet if you want the effects to last.
Will the surgery also remove my sagging eyebrows?
Blepharoplasty will not lift your sagging eyebrows or get rid of dark circles or crow’s feet. You should talk with your surgeon about the benefits and risks of blepharoplasty and the results you should expect to avoid misunderstanding.
Am I going to take some medications after the surgery?
You will be prescribed with a course of antibiotics to prevent infection and also a course of medication to prevent your eyelids or skin from swelling. Your surgeon will give you eye drops and ointments which are often prescribed after the lower lid procedure.
When Will You Be Able To Return To Work Right After Surgery?
After the surgery, swelling and bruising risks are lower with laser blepharoplasty. Most of the patients can immediately return to work after the lower lid bags are removed. It usually takes 10-14 days before the scars from the procedure heal.
Which method is best suited for me?
The eyelid surgery actually depends on a number of factors – age, amount of excess skin around the eye and fat, etc.
How long will the double eyelid procedures take?
The upper eyelid surgery takes an hour or two; however it might take longer than usual if you undergo another eye procedure like lower eyelid, lengthening surgery or Mongolian folds correction.
What Should You Expect?
- The surgery corrects drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes
- It can alter the draping skin that blocks or obscures your vision
- There is a local anaesthesia (for upper eyelids) or general anaesthesia (for lower eyelids)
- The surgical procedure might take 1 to 3 hours
- Hourly hospital rates starts at $700 AUD
- The most common side effects can include temporary swelling, discomfort and dryness of the eye area for a few weeks post surgery
- The post operative recuperation is usually quick with patients, they can return to work within one week and they can start wearing contact lenses after 14 days.
- If the procedure is performed correctly by a qualified surgeon, there is only a minimum chance that complications occur
- Remember that the results may vary from patient to patient
What If you’re unhappy with the results or complications develop?
There is a chance for reactions or infection to the anaesthesia, but they are rare and infrequent. Some of these issues can be solved with corrective surgery. It is easier to thicken the eyelids than to thin them, therefore re-surgery will be focused on the improvement instead of achieving perfection with the process.
A corrective surgery cost depends on the percentage of infection, complication or how difficult it would be to touch up the affected eyelid.
How to Find The Right Blepharoplasty Surgeon?
You may have to do a research online or ask your friends about finding the right and suitable eyelid surgeon. You may choose a surgeon around your area for as long as they are certified and qualified to do the procedure.
Therefore, we suggest that the procedure is done by a surgeon who is specially trained to do blepharoplasty and someone who has a lot of successful experiences in carrying out this kind of surgery however, they can be more expensive than the newly certified cosmetic surgeons.
Are there any complications expected of this procedure?
Of course, just like any other surgeries, you should discuss any medical condition you may have with your surgeon to reduce the chances of complications. Your surgeon will tell you if you may or may not undergo blepharoplasty, as they would know what is appropriate for you.
Before the surgeon decides if double eyelid surgery is appropriate for you, he will talk to you about the following:
There will be an examination which will help your surgeon in deciding if the procedure is appropriate
You may have to be assessed by an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) before they can tell if you can have an eyelid surgery
Of course, you need to tell your surgeon about any medication you are taking regularly or have recently taken, such as vitamins and supplements. You will also have to inform them about your allergies and any past reactions or side effects from the medications like anaesthesia.
Your surgeon will tell you the risks and complications so that you can weigh up whether blepharoplasty is suitable for you
What happens after Blepharoplasty?
After the eyelid operation, you can expect which can cost you a number of follow-up visits to your surgeon:
- discomfort or mild pain
- temporary numbness, swelling and bruising around your eyes
- temporary bruising on the whites of the eyes
- irritated eyes
- extreme sensitivity to light
A Self-care guide after Blepharoplasty
You will be guided by your surgeon; however, self-care is important too. Here are some suggestions:
- You must follow all instructions on looking after your wounds. Apply an eye ointment as prescribed by your surgeon.
- Don’t panic if you feel any soreness and swelling around your eyes for a few weeks.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Manage short-term irritation, sensations and discomfort of dryness by using cool compresses
- It is very important to protect your eyes from direct light including sunlight until the healing process is complete
- Inform your surgeon if you see bleeding, feel severe pain or unusual symptoms
At Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery clinic, our patients receive all the needed information they require before we start the surgical procedure. This includes any information concerning the procedure, risks that the procedure might have and the aftercare required after the surgery.
Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery reminds patients that it is very important to understand all of the possible issues and advantages before the surgery take place, since fully understanding the procedure and the aftercare can make a difference. Of course, if you have any questions after obtaining the needed information from your clinic, be sure to call us to get what you need.
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