Eyelid surgery (1 hour, 2 sessions)
Most patients who enquire are interested in cosmetic enhancement of their eyelids and this is not covered by either Medicare or Private Health insurance. If, however, you have a significant amount of overhanging skin of the upper lids then much of the cost is covered.
Price breakdown is as follows (subject to minor changes):
# Cosmetic lid surgery performed in the clinic procedure room with only local anaesthetic costs $1500 or up to $3000 if upper and lower lids are done.
# Cosmetic lid surgery performed in a Day Surgery Hospital with heavy sedation as well as local anaesthetic costs around $3000 or up to $5000 if both upper and lower lids are done.
# Non-cosmetic upper lid surgery performed in a Day Surgery Hospital with heavy sedation as well as local anaesthetic costs around $500 (with Private Insurance).
Time frame for upper lids alone is around 45 minutes. Lower lids is between 45 minutes and 2 hours depending on the complexity.
It is common to have bruising for around 1 week afterwards and you will have stitches that need to be removed at the 1 week mark. It is possible to use dissolvable stitches but the scar is more noticeable, hence why I remove them.
Serious risks, including infection, are rare (
000); swelling is common and sometimes quite pronounced; the final result may not be apparent for
around 1 - 2 months as some swelling can take a long time to completely resolve. Post-operative care is also included in the price.
You will need a referral from your local doctor or optometrist addressed to Dr. Peter and you can make an appointment by calling. The initial consultation costs around $60 out of pocket (less for pensioners), but the follow-up appointment post-operatively is included.