What is the Cost of the Anesthetist for Upper Eyelid Surgery?

What is the added cost for the anesthetist and operating room for upper lids blepharoplasty? The geographical location is Seattle, WA or Spokane, WA. Use general anesthetic.

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Local Anesthesia for Upper blepharoplasty

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Why would you want the added risk of general anesthesia (and cost) for upper blepharoplasty when this procedure is performed quite commonly under local anesthesia?

Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon

Anesthesia cost for eyelid surgery

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At The Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center we use board certified physician anesthesiologists from Swedish Medical Center. We do not use nurse anesthetists. The cost for the anesthesia for upper eyelid surgery is $585.00. The cost for the operating room is $1,000.00 for upper lid blepharoplasty. We perform all blepharoplasties under general anesthesia because the removal of the fat pads around the eyelids are simply too painful to do under twilight or local anesthesia and it is not our desire for patients to have conscious awareness.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Anesthesia fees for eyes

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The fees vary quite a bit around the country. Thebest thing to do is ask your surgeon's office to give you an estimate.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Cost of the anesthetist for upper eyelid surgery

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At least $400 is the maximum I would pay. Discuss with your surgeon if these are your pressing concerns. Make sure you are fully informed.

From MIAMI Dr. B 

Anesthesia fees vary but upper eyelids often done under local only

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Like plastic surgery, you don't want to choose your anesthesia provider based only on cost! They are resposible for not only putting you to sleep for surgery, but making sure you wake up afterward. Typically they are independent providers and not employees of the plastic surgeon's practice, so there are a lot of variables influencing cost. For a short procedure like upper lids, it would be only a few hundred dollars, but general anesthesia for an upper lid blepharoplasty only would only very rarely be needed. Often it is done under local anesthesia only.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Try not to shop for price

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Call around to doctors that have worked on your friends and family. See who comes recommended, and then go in for a consultation. At that point you can consider the costs.

Another good rule of thumb is to understand that these services vary between locations around the country:  for instance, in California and New York, you will pay more, but in less populated areas where the cost of living is lower, such as where I live in Utah, you would normally see lower fees.

Lastly, you will usually get a "package" price for the procedure.  In other words, the cost of the procedure includes the facility and anesthesia fees.  It may not be possible to separate out what the various components of the price are.

Hope this helps!

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