The most common email enquiry I receive from prospective patients is simply: How much does eyelid surgery cost? It’s actually a difficult question to answer. Let me explain why using an even simpler analogy. How much is a loaf of bread?
Would you like a half loaf? Or a full loaf? Unsliced or sliced (thick or thin)? Wholemeal, white or multigrain? Would you like a sour dough loaf? We have sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds too. Interested in a fruit loaf perhaps? Prices range from $1 to $8. If you point to a loaf and ask how much for that particular one – you’ll get an exact answer $3.80.
When it comes to eyelid surgery there are so many options and variables that some surgeons can only give a rough estimate and most won’t commit to a cost estimate at all without assessing you in person.
Factors to consider:
- Your eyelid surgery needs to be tailored to your specific requirements to get the outcome you desire (there’s no point getting a sliced white loaf if you needed an unsliced sour dough loaf).
- Some patients will be eligible for rebates from Medicare and maybe their health insurance (like having a discount voucher).
- The Medicare Safety net may come into play with higher rebates for outpatient procedures (like a Woolworths Everyday rewards card).
- Some patients request sedation with an Anaesthetist rather than just local anaesthetic for their surgery (like if you wanted your loaf sliced, toasted and buttered).
- Some patients won’t meet Medicare criteria so their surgery is considered cosmetic (like having the choice of anything in the bakery, but whatever you choose you have to pay for).
- Post op visits and surgical adjustments should be included in the surgical fee (but may not) depending on the surgeon (like receiving a sandwich loaf but being charged for a Ciabatta).
When you attend for a consultation, you will be assessed by me, in person. You will get a quote for the surgical procedure(s) that we discuss and decide on specific to you. You will be provided with an exact quote based on all these variables – the surgical procedure, Medicare and health fund eligibility, venue and anaesthetic type. There should be no nasty surprises. There is no charge for follow-up reviews or surgical adjustments in the immediate post operative period. With that information at hand, you can consider your options, shop around or commit to a surgery date.
Please call (07) 3239 5000 if you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss this further and don’t forget to arrange a referral from your Optometrist or GP.