Eyelid Surgery Costs: Mexico vs the USA

Are you considering eyelid surgery in the US or Mexico?

There are several causes for drooping eyelids, including underlying medical conditions. However, by far, the most common is the fight against time and age. The reason for this is because our skin tends to lose elasticity as we age, which can become particularly prominent in the eye area.

Unfortunately, drooping eyelids can make us look older than we actually are and much older than we feel on the inside! They can even cause issues with eyesight if left untreated. The good news is that there is a simple treatment that can minimize, if not wholly rectify, this problem. This amazing treatment is known as blepharoplasty, which is the medical term for a surgical eyelid lift. 

Unfortunately, many people do not consider getting a blepharoplasty because they assume that the costs involved will be out of their budget. However, this is genuinely not the case. The good news is that it is entirely possible to travel to Mexico and have eyelid lift surgery at the hands of a board-certified surgeon, all while having a first-class experience when it comes to the entire treatment and recovery. Even better? The cost is usually around half (or less) of what it would cost you to do the same in the US! 

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What is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

If you are considering this, it’s normal to want to know what is involved in a blepharoplasty procedure in Mexico or the US, not to mention how long the recovery process will be. 

By plastic surgery standards, an eyelid lift procedure is relatively simple because it’s short and recovery is pretty tolerable for patients. This surgery aims to improve the appearance of the lower or upper eyelids, and in some cases, both at the same time. The end goal of this is to provide the patient with a younger, more toned, healthier-looking eye area. Your plastic surgeon will achieve this by removing fatty deposits or excess skin in the eyelid area, therefore creating a brighter, more wide-eyed, and younger visage. 

When opting for both the lower and upper eyelid lift, your surgeon will treat the upper ones first. Once the upper lids are complete, your surgeon will move onto the lower lids. The tiny incisions made will be closed by removable or dissolvable stitches. 

Before the procedure 

In both Mexico and the US, you can expect a preoperative appointment where you will get to discuss your individual case in consultation with your surgeon. This appointment will cover all personal and specific concerns you may have. 

Additionally, for some blepharoplasties, an ophthalmic examination may also be required. The latter will make sure there are no underlying issues with the eye itself that could complicate the process. 

The procedure 

As we mentioned before, blepharoplasty is a quick and straightforward procedure! You can usually choose between general or local anesthetic and the procedure normally takes approximately 30 minutes per lid, per eye. That means even if you have the procedure done on the upper and lower lids of both eyes, it will only take around 1 hour in total.  

Another great thing to know about blepharoplasty is that scarring tends to be very minimal. The reason for this is that your skilled surgeon will go to great lengths to place the small incisions where they will not be visible, such as the fold of the eyelids or the lash line for the lower incision. 

Recovery after blepharoplasty?

Whether you choose the US or Mexico, you can expect the recovery period to last around one week. Although you will find that like many patients, you will be up and about doing everyday things well before the seven days are up. 

Where can I get eyelid surgery at a reasonable price?

The experience you will receive when getting a blepharoplasty is largely the same whether you opt to have it done in the USA or Mexico when choosing a reputable clinic and a skilled surgeon. 

However, there is one significant difference: the cost. The truth of the matter is that you can get a premium experience with Dr. Alejandro Quiroz, a board-certified surgeon in Mexico, at half of what it would cost in the US! 

Also, by choosing Tijuana in Mexico for your eyelid lift, you can count on both excellent quality medical facilities and highly trained bilingual surgeon, both of which will guarantee a safe and uncomplicated experience from pre-op consultation to recovery. 

Cost of eyelid surgery in the US vs. Mexico

While cost is always a factor when deciding whether to proceed with elective surgery, quality is also a priority. The good news is that you can get unrivaled quality for a much lower price if you opt for Mexico. 

To break it down, the average cost of blepharoplasty is $4,675 in the US, although it can quickly go up to $8,500 USD! Also, if you choose to have the procedure done in a larger city, or by a surgeon that has celebrities on their client list, you can expect to pay even more. 

Now, compare this cost to the corresponding procedure in our facility Mexico, which is $1600 USD.  You can see clearly that there is a saving of at least $3000 to be made, if not more. That is around 66% savings for the same surgery done in a state of the art hospital in Mexico. In addition to this amazing price, it is worth noting that we are currently offering a 20% on this already low price. 

Why will my surgery cost less in Mexico?

Obviously, by now, you will understand that opting for your eyelid life in Mexico can save you a considerable sum of money. However, some patients, while appreciating the savings, worry that the reduction in price reflects the level of care and service they will receive during their procedure and stay. 

Fortunately, this is absolutely not the case because there are many factors that explain the lower cost of eyelid surgery in Mexico, with quality in medical NOT being one of them.  The first is that the high-quality supplies needed to complete a blepharoplasty procedure and care for the patient afterward cost significantly less in Mexico than they do in the US; costs and taxes on these items are regulated.  

Second, the cost of more general overheads like property prices, taxes, and utilities are lower as well. 

Finally, unlike the US, many of the finest medical schools in Mexico are part of the free, but profoundly competitive education system. What this means is that in order to get into medical school, doctors have to be highly skilled and truly show that they are the best in their field. It also means they have no massive debts, giving them no reason to overcharge patients or insurance companies in order to pay back student loans. 

Experiencing Mexico 

Another advantage of choosing to get your blepharoplasty done in Mexico rather than the US is that you will be in a beautiful, warm, and fascinating location. That means instead of being stuck at home in the cold recuperating from your procedure, you can recover in our luxury boutique accommodation.  

You can expect top class accommodation in the recovery boutique, with both double and single rooms available. Recovery rooms are all outfitted to make your stay extra comfortable, with features such as a private bathroom complete with safety bars, hand showers, and a hospital-style bed for the patient(s). Of course, air conditioning is standard, as is a telephone and HD tv in every room. Therefore, there is no chance of being bored, even if you do feel like taking things easy. 

Many of our patients also choose to use the money they save on their procedure to explore Tijuana and the surrounding areas, such as the warm pacific coast beaches that expand through the Baja California Peninsula. 

What about aftercare? 

Finally, the best thing about choosing to stay in the recovery boutique in Mexico is that you do not have to worry about a thing. All you need to do is sit back and relax in the recovery boutique while being cared for round the clock by the qualified nursing staff instead of paying astronomical sums to stay in a US hospital for additional nights. 

You won’t even have to worry about getting to and from the hospital for your post-operative check-ups since we offer a full concierge experience with complimentary airport transfers. Therefore, all you need to focus on is recovering and getting ready to receive compliments once you return home.

Final thoughts 

To that end, if you are considering eyelid surgery, Mexico should most definitely be on your radar. The reasons for this are numerous and include the supremely qualified surgeons that will complete your procedure, such as our residing expert and chief of surgery, Dr. Quiroz. Then, there are the excellent hospital and recovery facilities that will be available to you during your stay.  

If that wasn’t enough, the opportunity to explore the beautiful and exotic Tijuana is also at your fingertips. However, for many patients, it is the simple fact that you can get the same quality procedure done in Mexico for around 50% less than it would cost in the US! 

For a free, personalized consultation about getting eyelid lift surgery, contact one of our friendly team members today. Request a virtual consultation today with Dr. Quiroz, a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience by calling us at (619) 738-2144.

 

Dr. Alejandro Quiroz

Dr. Quiroz is our board-certified Chief Plastic Surgeon at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Facial Rejuvenation, Neck lift, Buttock Augmentation, Breast Augmentation, Body Contouring and more. He is member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, the Mexican Society of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and the Mexican Council of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, to mention a few.