To figure out the full cost of eyelid plastic surgery, you have to take a lot of different factors into account. Eyelid surgery, like most cosmetic procedures, is not the cheapest option out there. Although the cost of blepharoplasty has dropped a bit in recent years due to advances in the medical technology used for the procedure, it's still prohibitively expensive for the average person.
As a general rule, the average national cost of eyelid plastic surgery is currently around $2,800 for a procedure that corrects only the upper or lower eyelids. For both eyelids, the price will be closer to $4,000. Since this is an average, it means the prices will vary from place to place depending on the surgeon, the area in which you live, and how many other surgeons are in the area performing the same operation (supply vs demand).
In addition to the surface cost of eyelid surgery, you have to think about some of the exterior costs as well. For example, the medication that you receive following the surgery won't be included in the price, and you have to figure that you'll miss a few days of work while you recover as well. All of these factors add up and can effectively raise the price by as much as a thousand dollars once it's all said and done.
Despite this, there are still thousands of people who opt to get the surgery done year after year, and if you have your heart set on getting your sagging eyelids fixed, there are some things you can do to get a lower price.
First of all, shop around for your surgeon before settling on any one particular person. There are usually at least half a dozen facial cosmetic surgery facilities in any given city, allowing you a few different options to negotiate a fair price. One thing you have to be sure of is that the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the national institution in charge of regulating these procedures across the country, certify your surgeon. Certified surgeons are obviously going to raise the cost of eyelid plastic surgery a bit, but that's a small price to pay to ensure that your face is in good hands. There's nothing more important than taking steps to protect your eyesight as much as possible when you're dealing with procedures like these.
You can also look for a surgeon who charges less for himself. It won't bring down the full cost of the surgery very much, but you can still expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars less. The general cost of plastic surgery is divided three ways most of the time. First, you have the cost of the anesthesia and anesthesiologist, whom combined may be up to $800. Then you have the cost of the facility itself, which is usually close to $1,000, though it may be cheaper at smaller facilities. Everything else is the cost of the actual surgeon, which is where you can negotiate a little bit.