I am 51 yrs old and am interested in blepharoplasty. How much does it cost and will insurance pay any portion of this?
I recommend that you schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to see if you are a candidate for the surgery. In general, unless you have visual symptom, insurance does not cover any portion. At the time of a consultation, your surgeon will take a history and perform an examination and may be able to tell you if there is any medical necessity. The price will vary depending on whether you are interested in addressing both the upper and lower eyelids or only upper eyelids or only lower eyelids. For all of these surgeries, the procedure are done on an outpatient basis, meaning, you would have your procedure and go home the same day. Recovery is fairly quick and patient are general back to their routine activities around a week after. The only thing that may hold some back is bruising, which is unpredictable.
The cost for a blepharoplasty will vary depending on whether it is your upper lids only or upper and lower eyelids, anesthesia costs and surgical center costs. The average surgeon cost according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is around $3000. Each insurance policy varies as to what surgical procedures are covered – you need to call your insurance company directly or go on line and look for their clinical guidelines or clinical policy guidelines.
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