How to find pricing for ptosis treatment to fix drooping eyelids
Eyelid surgery is called blepharoplasty, which is cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids or ptosis surgery which is to correct drooping eyelids.
First of all, you need to be sure about your reasons for wanting the eyelid surgery, but also you have to bear in mind the costs of the operation and the risks.
In this post, I am going to be talking a little bit about the costs of surgery because patients are very often unaware of what is involved with eyelid surgery.
Many websites give an overall figure which can be anywhere between £1500 and £6000.That is not going to be very helpful to you because you do not know what the price includes.Fortunately, with the CMA Article 22 Recommendations, clinics are going to become a lot more transparent about the costs of eyelid surgery.
I will talk more about costs in a minute because the other factors you have to consider are whether the clinic that you are planning to have your surgery in has Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration as a treatment centre that can perform eyelid surgery.
Every independent clinic and hospital that provides cosmetic surgery in England must be registered with the CQC. You must also check the qualifications of your surgeon, not only that they are registered with the GMC (General Medical Council), but that they have had additional training and qualifications in eyelid surgery.You need to ensure that their clinic has useful information on the website about the risks of surgery.Now let us go back a little bit to costs of eyelid surgery.
When looking at prices for ptosis treatment you should consider the following: Does the price include the consultation assessment?The Competition and Mergers Authority (CMA) Article 22 is a legal obligation of all consultants in private practice to publish not only specific performance measures about their surgery but also their prices before you undergo any assessment or surgery.
A typical consultation fee for eyelid surgery can be between £150-£300 depending on precisely what is being sought and whether you have had previous eyelid surgery or not. For your average of £250 that you may pay you should expect a half an hour assessment in which the consultant:
- listens to what your complaint
- takes photographic documentation
- does measurements
- makes a treatment plan
The fee should also include:
- a written report for best practice
- information sheets about the surgery (full information required about what is involved with the surgery)
- a specific quote for your surgery (everybody’s eyelid surgery can vary slightly)
When considering the price of ptosis surgery for drooping eyelids you need to look again at what it includes. There will be a price for the surgeon which is called a surgeon’s fee, and there will be a price for the operating theatre use which goes under several different names which can be called the tariff, or the facility fee, the clinic fee, or the hospital fee.
That second fee, which we will call here the clinic fee, is the charge made by the clinical hospital for the use of the theatre concerning the time, the nurse and the general operating pack disposables, etc. Ptosis surgery can take between one to two hours depending on whether it is one eyelid or two lids and that means there will be a cost to the clinic.
Also, you need to check whether the quoted price includes a postoperative eye pack and postoperative eye drops. Usually, after ptosis surgery, we do prescribe eye drops and creams because the eyes can be a little bit dry afterwards and you will need some saline and swabs to clean the eyelids for the first few days after surgery.
Also, there may be a specific cost made for the use of a fibrin adhesive which is optional, but very desirable as it helps the eyelid heal well with fewer stitches having to be used.
Then there are fees for the postoperative care.You must find out whether the overall figure includes follow-up appointments and if so how many. Typically here at Clinica London, our price for eyelid surgery includes:
- the surgeon’s fee
- the clinic fee
- the postoperative eye care pack
- three follow-up appointments
- removal of the stitches
- checking of the wound
- further photographs
- checking of the front of the eye
- making sure it is not too dry
- checking that bruising and swelling is reducing at the expected rate
- managing the eyelid and the surface of the eye
Not all surgeons include all of the above in the price, hence this ridiculously wide range quoted for upper eyelid blepharoplasty or ptosis surgery for drooping eyelids and hooded eyes and eye bags of £1500-£6000.
Do not fall into the trap of going for what appears to be the cheapest upper eyelid surgeon only to discover then that there are hidden costs.I am happy that CMA Article 22 is going to help make the costs of cosmetic surgery a lot more transparent for the patient. However, it mainly refers to the consultant’s fees, and there are of course the clinic fees as well, and eye drops, etc. so do your checklist and make sure it includes:
- Consultant assessment
- Surgeon fee
- Clinic Fee
- Postoperative eye pack and eye drops
- A certain number of follow-up appointments
If it does not include all those five, find out how much extra those will cost so that you can have a real idea of the price of upper eyelid surgery.
Marketing can be very deceptive and can appear to be attractive giving you a lower price where in fact it is not a competitive price.