Written by Tianna Manon for Avima.com

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of cosmetic eyelid surgery is $3,026. However, many offices also add fees for using the facility, anesthesia or other tools. When accounted for, the average cost per eye is closer to $4,000 for blepharoplasty, though some surgeons charge as little as 2,000 and some as much as 7,000. Since double eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, costs are kept lower than most procedures, making it more affordable.

It’s cheaper than most cosmetic surgeries overall, but exact price will also depend on what region you live in and the qualifications of your surgeon. For the most part, more qualified, highly celebrated surgeons will charge more, but you can also be surer of the results.

“You want a trustworthy surgeon and sometimes they cost more. This isn’t the time to really save money,” said Dr. Latika Khatri, a dermatological surgeon based in Chicago. “Offices will work with you for financing but it’s a good idea to get a sense of costs during your consultation. Don’t be afraid to ask how much this will cost. The right surgeon will be open and honest with you. If they’re not, get out of there.”

Most insurance companies see double eyelid surgery as elective and won’t cover it but Khatri says many plastic surgeons offer financing to make the procedure accessible and affordable. This means taking on monthly payments instead of paying the lump sum and paying it over the span of about a few years.

What is double eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty targets the loose skin that hangs over the upper eyelid, sometimes causing hooding. The crease of the lid disappears into the overhanging skin and, if severe, can even cause vision impairment as the skin hangs over the eyeball.

The surgery can improve this issue and the overall look of the entire eye area, making them more prominent and the patient overall seem more energetic and look more “awake.”

The procedure is occasionally also partnered with a cosmetic surgery for the brow (upper lid blepharoplasty) to get better, more prominent, longer-lasting results. Some patients also opt for a facelift or other cosmetic procedure to make an impact. Some examples include reducing crow’s feet around the corner of the eyes or filling in other wrinkles around the brow and face with Botox.

What’s the procedure?

It’s a quick procedure that takes only about half an hour to complete and there is a quick recovery as well. Here is the process:

Like most procedures, the patient is given an anesthesia. Options include sedation or general anesthesia but the surgeon will work with you beforehand to decide the best option.

Once the patient is ready, the surgeon begins making incisions. These incisions are normally near the top of the eyelid so they’ll be hidden afterward by the eye’s natural crease. From there, your surgeon removes all excess skin, fatty tissue and even muscle if necessary. Sometimes, the same is done along the bottom lash if lower lid work is necessary and elected for.

When the surgeon is done, they close the incisions with sutures or skin glue. These sutures are removed with a week. There is some swelling and puffiness, which can be eased with a cold compress and there is sometimes bruising, but overall healing only takes a week or two.

Surgeons recommend that those with eye diseases, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes discuss these health issues with their doctor. It can affect the surgeon’s ability to do the procedure and the patient’s healing time afterward.

However, double eyelid surgery won’t completely change the face, which is why some patients do other surgeries as well to get the full look they’re going for:

“Be realistic about the expectations you have for blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and help build your confidence. However, you should not expect the surgery to drastically change your look. Many people have eyes that are not perfectly aligned or that appear to be different sizes. Asymmetrical features occur during the early stages of development. Blepharoplasty will not alter your facial structure.

Bottom line: Today, double eyelid surgery is accessible for most people. Even if it’s not covered by insurance, many patients can sign up for a payment plan that makes the procedure more affordable. Starting at just $2,000, in some areas, and averaging at about $4,000 the surgery is one of the cheaper procedures that cosmetic surgeons complete and since both the procedure and healing times are quick, patients will be out showing off their “more prominent, brighter eyes” in no time.