Double eyelid surgery is increasingly sought after, particularly by individuals of Asian descent who either lack a crease in their eyelids or possess a faint one. Contrary to some misconceptions, the surgery is not intended to westernize facial features but rather to enhance the eyes in a manner that complements one’s natural appearance. It is also an option for those experiencing drooping eyelids that may obstruct vision.
Understanding the Procedure
To comprehend the financial implications of double eyelid surgery, it is essential to first understand the procedure. While this surgery is conducted globally, Honolulu, Hawaii has emerged as a preferred location. This tropical destination boasts world-class surgical and medical care, and plastic surgeons in the area have considerable experience with a predominantly Asian clientele. Dr. Michael Pasquale’s clinic in Honolulu is one such establishment. Dr. Pasquale has completed his residency in plastic surgery and holds a two-year training certificate in cosmetic surgery from NYU Downtown, Manhattan. He is also a certified osteopathic physician and surgeon (D.O.) and is highly regarded for delivering results that harmonize with the patient’s natural features.
An initial physical examination determines the type of surgical approach needed. In cases where excess skin, fat, and muscle need to be removed, incisions are typically made at the crease of the upper eyelids and just below the eyelashes on the lower lids. For Asian patients, this crease is generally positioned lower than what is commonly applied in Caucasian eyelid surgery. Alternatively, for younger patients with elastic skin where no removal of skin, fat, or muscle is necessary, a suturing technique may be employed. Dr. Pasquale offers this method, although most patients tend to prefer the traditional, more enduring techniques.
The cost of double eyelid surgery is not uniform and varies depending on several factors, including geographic location and surgeon’s fees. The procedure is usually conducted under local sedation anesthesia, thus obviating the need for general anesthesia. The overall cost encompasses various elements such as:
- Anesthetist fees (if applicable)
- Operating room charges
- Pre-operative photography
- Pre and post-operative medication
- Support staff and surgical assistants
- Laboratory fees
On average, the initial surgery for the upper eyelids ranges from $2,000 to $4,000. A comprehensive surgery involving both upper and lower eyelids may cost between $4,000 and $7,000. Revision surgeries could range from $5,000 to $8,000, depending on the complexity and extent of the surgery. It is crucial to select your surgeon carefully, keeping long-term considerations in mind.
Selecting the Right Surgeon
While cost is a factor, it should not be the sole determinant in choosing a plastic or cosmetic surgeon for double eyelid surgery. The surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and reputation are paramount. Dr. Pasquale, experienced with a range of Asian ethnicity including Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese, is an ideal choice for those considering this procedure. He is also a noted instructor in Korea, China and Japan for many years.
For a personalized consultation with Dr. Pasquale, you may contact our office to speak with one of our patient coordinators who can schedule your appointment.
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