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There are many reasons why people are choosing to have cosmetic surgery. For some, the goal is to change a feature they never liked, while others simply want to look refreshed and young again. Regardless of the reason, improving self-confidence and improving life quality is why people decide to undergo cosmetic surgery or procedures.
The evolution in technique and technology has transformed cosmetic surgery resulting in safer and shorter recovery time. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are some risks. Being well informed of possible health-related issues associated will help you to be better prepared. Regardless of the advancements made in cosmetic surgery, nothing is more important than the surgeon’s skill.
Not everyone is a good candidate for cosmetic surgery or procedure. Ideal surgery candidates should be in good health, have reasonable expectations, and understand the risks of each procedure considered. People with underlying health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, bleeding disorder, heart disease, depression may not be ideal candidates. Excessive smoking and drinking too much alcohol can affect how your body responds to invasive surgery and may reduce surgery chances.
One of the most common questions asked by patients is about scarring. All surgeries, including cosmetic procedures, involve creating an incision, and scarring will occur. Fortunately, for those considering eyelid and facial cosmetic surgery, the scars from the surgery are often minimal and, in many cases, entirely concealed. Choosing an experienced board-certified surgeon who understands incision placement made along the eyes’ natural contours and face will often result in less visible scars.
While cosmetic surgery will provide results that will last for many years, it will not stop the aging process. As we age, our bodies will lose muscle mass, and skin tends to become thinner, less elastic, drier, and finely wrinkled. Although we can’t stop these things from happening, we can take steps to maintain your youthful appearance by healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and having a great skin routine.
Cost is undoubtedly a factor when considering cosmetic surgery. Still, you should never base your decision on the least expensive surgeon—choose a board-certified surgeon explicitly experienced in the procedure you are considering.
As Bruce Lee said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
The average cost of cosmetic eyelid surgery ranges between $3,200 and $6000 depending on the number of eyelids treated and the exact type of treatment recommended. The average price for a facelift is around $8000, and a face/neck lift is around $12000. Suppose you have multiple procedures done simultaneously, such as eyelid surgery and forehead lifting surgery with a face and neck lift. In that case, it is customary to discount the cost of the individual procedures by 20-35%. The fee does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses. During your consultation, your surgery counselor will go over the costs with you.
Insurance does not cover the cost of elective cosmetic surgery done to improve appearance.
Drs. Harris and McCann specialize in eyelid and facial cosmetic surgery, including both invasive and non-invasive procedures. Learn more about your surgical options.