Eyelid Surgery


                 Frequently Asked Questions

EYELID SURGERY, or BLEPHAROPLASTY, is used to help improve wrinkles, loose skin and “bags” in the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can help you regain a youthful appearance to the face, making the eyes appear brighter and more refreshed. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at the Auburn Surgery Center. During the consultation, your physician will explain the surgery as well as possible risks and complications and take before photos for your medical record. We recommend you bring a list of any questions or concerns to your consultation.

During the procedure, excess skin and protruding pockets of fat are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids. In some cases, upper blepharoplasty can even help you see better.

How is blepharoplasty performed?
A tiny incision is made along the natural lines of your eyelids to remove the excess fat, skin and muscle. The skin is then tightened and closed with fine sutures.

How much does blepharoplasty cost?*
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty starts at $3,090, lower eyelid blepharoplasty starts at $3,915, and both upper and lower blepharoplasty starts at $5,415. These fees include: physician fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee and 12 months of office visits.

Is there a consultation fee?
Yes, the consultation fee is $100 and is due at the time your appointment is scheduled—we can accept payment by phone with a credit card.  Should you need to cancel your consult, we can refund your $100 if you give a 24-hour cancellation notice.  If you have surgery within 30 days of your consultation, the $100 will be applied to the cost of your surgery.

Who is the best candidate for blepharoplasty?
Women and men who: are over the age of 18; are in good health; do not smoke; have excess eyelid skin and want a subtle smoothing effect around their eyes.

What is the recovery period blepharoplasty?
The recovery time varies for each patient. However, many patients return to nonstrenuous work within 1-2 weeks. Bruising and swelling typically diminishes within a couple of weeks. Other individual restrictions and recovery expectations will be discussed during your consultation.

What type of scars can I expect with blepharoplasty?
Scars are nearly invisible as they blend into the natural lines around your eyes. The final appearance of the scars is determined by your body’s own wound healing capabilities.

Does the surgery have to be paid for up front or do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, all cosmetic surgeries must be paid for in full 7 days BEFORE surgery. For your convenience, we offer two wonderful financing options.  Applying is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone:

Option 1) Prosper Healthcare Lending  - you may access online www.patientfinancing.com or call 1-800-625-7412 ext. 2 

Option 2) Care Credit - you may access online  www.CareCredit.com or call 1-800-677-0718  

Will my insurance cover blepharoplasty?
Some insurance companies will cover upper eyelid blepharoplasty if you fail a visual field study by your eye doctor. You will need to check with your insurance company to see if blepharoplasty is a covered procedure with your plan. However, if you have Medicare you will need to discuss insurance policies with our office staff at your consultation.

*Prices are subject to change. Patients are given an exact surgical quote at their consultation.

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General Information

Varies depending upon extent of surgery.

Upper starts at $3,090;
Lower starts at $3,915;
Upper & Lower start at $5,415

This price includes Surgeon's fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op office visits.

Yes, insurance may be accepted for this procedure in some cases.

Non-strenuous work within 1 to 2 weeks.

$100 (see conditions left)

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