Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
As you get older, do you find you’re developing looser, wrinkled skin around the eyes? Does it make you look sad or tired, or make you look older than you would like?
Eyelid Surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is a very effective way to correct these problems, and help you to look the age you feel! And because eyelid surgery makes you look younger and less tired, the result is very often an increase in confidence.
Eyelid Surgery takes various forms; you can choose upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery or combined upper and lower eyelid surgery, depending on how bad your eye bags and wrinkles have become.
(There is also the option of Asian Blepharoplasty, a cosmetic procedure designed to create the fold in the upper eyelid that often is not naturally present for a lot of people of Asian descent.)
If you have become aware of excess loose skin on the upper or lower eyelid, surgery maybe a good option for you. However, if you are from the US or a similarly-wealthy country, the procedure does not come cheap!
The cost of surgery has resulted in may people traveling to get treatment abroad.
In Europe, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary are becoming increasingly popular with medical tourists looking for affordable prices for cosmetic procedures, while US residents often choose the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama. Further afield, Thailand, India and South Korea are also excellent choices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I benefit from Eyelid Surgery?
If the skin on your upper or lower eyelids has become looser, or you have developed especially large bags under your eyes, making you look tired, then eyelid surgery may be the answer to this. Sometimes, eye bags can be a genetic trait, in which case lower eyelid surgery may be the only effective option. Eye bag removal surgery is becoming increasingly commonplace in the UK and abroad. However, it is important that we add that it will be wise to first see if this can be rectified without surgery.
It sounds obvious, but if you are working hard, staying out late, drinking too much or just not sleeping well, these may be factors that you can control, to reduce bags under your eyes. So it is possible that you don’t really need eyelid surgery. Similarly, dehydration can have an effect on the tightness of the skin. If you have already exhausted these possibilities, then now it may be time to consider surgery.
What do I need to know?
Before eyelid surgery takes place, you will have a consultation with the surgeon, who will help you decide if your expectations are realistic and achievable. Plastic surgery imaging may help you to decide if you are likely to get the results you want from the eyelid surgery.
The eyelid surgery procedure takes place under a general anaesthetic, and will generally require an overnight stay at the clinic.
What happens during surgery?
Under a general anaesthetic, an incision is made to the eyelid that is being cosmetically-improved. Any incisions will be made in such a way that they are hidden in the natural creases of your eyelid, so scarring will not be noticeable.
Following the incision, excess fat and skin will be removed from your eyelid. The result is a more youthful, alert appearance.
The surgical removal of eye bags from the lower eyelid can often have particularly dramatic effects.
This procedure is also frequently combined with Eyebrow Lift surgery, which can often make the improvement even more spectacular.
Are there any risks to eyelid surgery?
As with all surgery, there are risks, and your cosmetic surgeon will advise you of these prior to any eyelid operation. These risks are, however, extremely low, and countless people do undergo this procedure every year, with no complications, and are generally delighted with the results, and the increase in self-confidence that comes with it.
It should be added that if you are choosing to go abroad for lower-cost eyelid surgery, you should be particularly careful to make sure your surgeon is experienced and certified.
How long will I take to recover after surgery?
Following surgery, there will be varying degrees of bruising and swelling to the area, which will mostly disappear in seven to ten days. Makeup can be used to disguise this after the initial healing has taken place (You will not wish to infect the area, so don’t do this immediately!)
Stitches should be removed in approximately one week, and a return to work is usually okay ten days after your surgery. You will probably feel fine just a few days after eyelid surgery, but you may have a slight blurriness of vision, which can make it dangerous to drive and uncomfortable to read.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Prices for eyelid surgery and eye bag removal can vary quite considerably! Getting your surgery abroad is often between half and one third of the price in the US! An average cost in the US for eyelid surgery is $3000 to $4000, while abroad it is possible to get the same surgery for $1000 to $1500.
Prices in the US are so much higher, many US residents save some money by traveling to a neighboring country. Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Mexico and Argentina are all great options, with some excellent clinics. Europeans often find that they can save just as much money by traveling to Eastern Europe, for instance Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary, and get treatment for around a third of the cost, and Turkey is another superb option for Europeans.
The absolute best prices tend to be in Asia, and Thailand, India, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam are all popular as medical tourism destinations.
While prices are lower, it is important to understand that this in no way reflects upon the quality of care or the skill of the surgeons, and instead is due to the local economies.