Is the cost of Asian eyelid surgery different than a normal blepharoplasty?
I came to the United States before I was even 1, and I have very asian facial features. I was thinking about getting my eyelids done to be more Americanized. How much is the cost of Asian Eyelid surgery? Is it different than just a normal blepharoplasty?
I had Asian eyelid surgery completed earlier this year, which cost $4000. My plastic surgeon explained that there are several ways to complete the procedure, and he chose the best method based on the structure of my eyelids. I had double eyelid surgery and now have permanent eyelid creases, and my eyes are more Americanized; but I still look Asian. I love the look I was able to achieve because I look like a more beautiful me. Non-Asian blepharoplasty costs about the same as the Asian procedure, between 2,000 and 5,000 dollars, but addresses different issues like lifting droopy eyelid skin and reducing puffy bags.
I had my double eyelid surgery done when I was 24, so 3 years ago. At that time my eyelid surgery cost was around $1,500 but I can see now that it costs between $2000 and $4000 depending on where you live. Obviously, that number can change regarding how expensive your plastic surgeon is. That also doesn't include recuperation cost.
I see that a lot of people have already answered your question regarding whether this is different than a regular blepharoplasty. Just to recap it is different because blepharoplasty helps with droopy eyelids, eye bags, and things like that while Asian blepharoplasty is specifically for those of Asian descent who want in eyelid crease.
The surgical procedure takes about an hour, and they only need to use local anesthesia. Depending on how much fat you have around your eyes, the surgeon will recommend either a small incision in the crease to remove fat and some muscle, or a suture inside the eyelids to create permanent creases for a less invasive method. I had to go with the incisions since I mostly had lots of excess skin around my eyelid. I did my research and made sure to get a board certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery.
Find a surgeon who has operated on Asian patients and ask for before and after photos. Ask them whether they recommend the sutures or incision and ask them about recovery time. This will give you an idea of what to expect. After surgery, I needed two weeks off from school (yay for spring break!). I did experience some pain and some swelling and bruising around the eye. I got different numbers across the board for how much it would cost, anywhere from $2,200 to $4,500. My surgery including prescriptions and camouflage makeup was $3,000. Regular blepharoplasty costs anywhere from $3,500 - $7,000, but this will only be able to fix eyelid problems that come from sagging and aging. For Asians with a mono lid, Asian blepharoplasty is the right choice.
From my research, cities like Los Angeles and New York cost more than local cities, but these surgeons are in demand and are highly experienced. Just do your homework and know what costs are included before you go in for surgery. Good luck!