Medical Procedures

Our Surgeons Are Board-Certified

What’s the difference between medically necessary and cosmetic procedures?

Medically necessary (cosmetic) surgery generally involves treating conditions that have caused an abnormal change in appearance to the skin or soft tissue. Our surgeons at Utah Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery are trained specifically on the eyelid and facial reconstruction after cancer, disease, trauma, or congenital disabilities.

Cosmetic surgery changes body shape or appearance, usually when no medical condition is present. Regardless of cosmetic or medically necessary, improving your physical appearance ultimately boosts self-image and self-esteem.

Is medically necessary cosmetic surgery safe?

Cosmetic surgery is safe for the majority of patients. However, it is no different than any other type of surgical procedure, and not everyone is a good candidate. Ideal surgery candidates should be in good health, have reasonable expectations, and understand the risks of each procedure considered. Individuals with underlying health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, bleeding disorder, heart disease, and depression may not be ideal candidates.

Does reconstructive cosmetic surgery leave scars?

Anytime there is a cut through the skin, scarring will occur. Choosing an experienced board-certified surgeon who understands incision placement made along the natural contours of the eyes and face will often result in less visible scars.

Does reconstructive cosmetic surgery last forever?

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, you can take steps to maintain your youthful appearance by healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and having a great skin routine.

How much does reconstructive cosmetic surgery cost?

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%. During your consultation, your surgery counselor will go over the costs with you.

Does insurance cover reconstructive cosmetic surgery?

Insurance will cover the cost of some procedures if they are considered reconstructive (as opposed to purely cosmetic) in nature. Coverage will vary and is entirely up to the insurance company that holds your policy and may change over time.

During your consultation, you’ll receive an estimate on the cost of your surgical procedure. We recommend contacting your insurance plan administrator to determine coverage before your procedure day. Questions to ask your provider are:

Get the details of your coverage in writing. Never assume anything is covered unless your health insurance company confirms it.