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Who Can Have Eyelid Surgery? (Who Qualifies for Eyelid Surgery?)

  • Individuals who have excessive drooping and sagging of skin around the eyes, which often is due to normal aging

  • Individuals who have loose skin from the upper eyelid and it droops low enough to impair the vision

  • Individuals who have difficulty wearing glasses or contact lenses, whether from baggy upper or lower eyelids

  • Individuals without any serious health problems that may prevent surgery

Eyelid Surgery Treatment Duration

Eyelid Surgery takes 1-2 hours.

Eyelid Surgery Risks & Side Effects

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Common surgical risks
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Inability to close the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Vision abnormalities 

Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time

Typically, most patients return to normal activities 7 to 10 days after eyelid surgery. The majority of postoperative bruising and swelling dissolve within two weeks.

Eyelid Surgery Success Rate 

Eyelid Surgery has a success rate of 91%.

Eyelid Surgery Alternative Treatments

  • Botulinum toxin (Botox) Eye-Lift
  • Non-invasive Radio Frequency Treatment
  • Laser eyelid surgery
Before / After
Eyelid Surgery at Luna Clinic Turkey

How Does It Work?

Saggy eyelids can be caused by aging, and this can disrupt one’s vision. If you are one of those people whose eyelids are sagging, you should consider having blepharoplasty –as it is regarded as an effective remedy for sagging eyelids or double eyelid surgery.

For your online consultation, we will kindly ask you to send your photos as shown in the Photography Guide down below, so we can evaluate your case.

What Does Eyelid Surgery Involve?

Blepharoplasty is a surgery that is performed when the patient is either under sedation, general or local anesthesia. If you decide to have eyelid surgery, you are advised to strictly follow the pre-operation instructions which will be given to you by your surgeon during the first consultation.

Depending on the complexity of the surgery, eyelid surgery can take 2 or more to complete. Once you have decided to undergo the surgery, we will plan your whole trip and make sure that the whole procedure is tailored in a way that matches your preferences, goals as well as the clinic’s practices.

Below are some of the stages you should expect when you decide to have this procedure.  

1. Final consultation with your surgeon

When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your eyelid specialist surgeon. During this session you are expected to inform the surgeon about your medical record, allergies, and if you’re currently taking any medication.

Even after telling your surgeon about your medical record, it’s mandatory that you go through some medical tests. Afterward, you will discuss the procedure in detail and if you are on the same page with your surgeon, he/she will make an illustration by drawing some marks on your face as he/she prepares you for the surgery.

2. Taking the anesthesia

When the test results are out and your surgeon is satisfied, you will be then given anesthesia. Surgeons usually prefer local anesthesia, but general anesthesia is also an option.  

3. Operation

Once you are anesthetized, the surgeon will start the procedure. For the lower eyelid surgery, your surgeon will make tiny incisions – in predetermined areas – in a careful manner that minimizes scarring. As an example, the natural creases underneath the lower lids are used for discrete incisions.

Your surgeon then will remove surplus fat and skin through these incisions and may also tighten sagging underlying muscles.

For the upper eyelid surgery, your surgeon will create incisions in the natural upper lid creases after the anesthesia. Then the surgeon will remove the surplus skin to eliminate the droopy effect of the upper lids and any partial vision hindrance. Weak underlying muscles are tightened at this stage, as well.

After the saggy skin is eliminated, the surgeon will lift and reattach the remaining skin for a more youthful appearance in the upper eyelids. After the surgery is terminated, the surgeon will close your incisions with sutures.

What Should I Expect After Eyelid Surgery?

  • You can wear dark sunglasses on the way home after the surgery because you will be sensitive to light.

  • Ointment used during your surgery may blur your vision, which usually disappears within 24 hours.

  • You should apply a cold compress every 10-15 minutes as instructed by your surgeon for the first 24 hours after the surgery.

  • Do not eat heavy foods for the first 3 to 4 days after surgery and drink plenty of water.

  • You can take a shower down the neck at any time after surgery. Do not take a full shower until your surgeon gives you permission, which is usually 5 days after surgery.

  • It is important that you rest well for 3 to 4 days after your surgery. Raise your head on 2 to 3 pillows for 2 weeks while sleeping. This will help prevent postoperative swelling.

  • Avoid activities such as heavy lifting and exercise, especially in the first week. Your surgeon will tell you when you are ready for daily and sporting activities.

  • You should avoid wearing contact lenses for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You are allowed to wear glasses.

  • If you have nausea or cold symptoms, tell your doctor so that he or she can prescribe medication for prevention. To avoid sneezing, coughing, and vomiting, it is important to avoid any risk of this type of disease. Because, even if they are reflex movements, they can increase your blood pressure and cause bleeding in your surgical sites.

  • Eyelid swelling is usually worse in the early morning and heals during the day while sitting or walking.

  • You should avoid applying eye cream or eye makeup for 2 weeks after eyelid surgery.

  • Besides your eyes, you may also have postoperative swelling on your cheeks and chin. This will begin to heal 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.

Things You Should Do Before Surgery

  • A week before the procedure, you should stop taking Aspirin and any other meds associated with blood thinning.

  • If you are allergic to any drugs, you should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.

  • Patients are advised to avoid smoking 24 hours before the surgery.

  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages can affect anesthesia. So you should not take in anything alcoholic 24 hours prior to surgery.

  • If you are taking meds for chronic or acute diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, you should inform your surgeon before the surgery commences. 

Quick Facts 


 Eyelid Surgery


 1 - 2 hours


 3 - 7 nights 

Cost in Turkey

 €1850 - €2200


 General anesthesia 


 7 - 10 days

Final Results

 1- 2 weeks

Side Effects

 Scarring, inability to close the eyes, dry eyes


 Anesthesia risks, common surgical risks, infection

Success Rate



 After 1 week (light activity)

Back To Work

 After 10 - 14 days


 Yes ( not visible)



Related Procedures

 Botox, Laser eyelid surgery


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Eyelid Surgery Painful?

You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.

Are Eyelid Surgery Results Permanent?

Since your eyes will continue aging after the eyelid surgery procedure, especially the upper eyelid surgery may need to be repeated at least five to seven years after surgery. However, if compared with the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid surgery should rarely be repeated.

Will There Be Scars After Eyelid Surgery?

Although plastic surgeons inform patients that there will always be a scar after surgery, the eyelid heals better than any other part of the body because they have the thinnest skin.

Is Eyelid Surgery Cost Abroad Affordable?

Yes, the procedure will be more affordable abroad and cost less in popular medical tourism locations like Turkey. But some factors affect the eyelid surgery cost, like the clinics' location, the surgeon's experience, and the technique used. 


Learn more about Eyelid Surgery in Turkey by comparing costs and reviewing the clinics and doctors.

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    Nicholas, United States
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    Maria Jose, Spain
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    Denae, Greece
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    Carla, Italy
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    Muncel, Ukraine
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    William, United Kingdom
    star star Aug 2022
    I had first class services from airport pick up to hotel and hospital. We were very well taken care of
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    Mariana, Spain
    star star May 2022
    While doing a price search for plastic surgery in my own country, I came across flymedi and had my surgery at esteworld for a much more reasonable price and I am very happy. The team and flymedi were very professional.
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    Sophia, United Kingdom
    star star Apr 2022
    Ana was extremely helpful, friendly and made planning my trip so much easier. I don't know what I would have done without her! Going overseas to a country you've never been to before to get plastic surgery can be scary, having Ana made it a lot less scary knowing you have somebody there that's on your team to help you.
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    Vukašin, Serbia
    star star Jan 2022
    Thank you for all the florence nightingale team and my doctor. I have been feeling better since I had the surgery. Professional and caring staff
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    Tahani Abdullah, Canada
    star star Aug 2021
    Perfect clinic and outstanding doctor. What more to say... Thanks for everything!
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    Tatyana Prohorova, Russian Federation
    star star Aug 2021
    Having eye surgery was hard enough but having it out of my country was something else. But thanks to Dunyagoz Ankara, I felt like I'm home and all my concerns were gone.
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    Victoria, Austria
    star star Jun 2021
    I went to Kent Hospital for my brow surgery and eyelid lift. I was very worried about how the outcome would be due to too much researching on my part but the results really speak for themselves. Looks wonderful.
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    Ian, Turkey
    star star May 2021
    Abud was excellent in arranging my visit to Istanbul for both Eyelid and Hair Treatment. I decided to combine both treatments at Estecenter due to the clinics reputation. recommendations and also Abud's guidance. Abud clearly communicated the types of treatments available , estimated costs , all treatment schedules , travel logistics , hotel arrangements and daily transportation to and from clinic. Through responses coordinated between Abud and Estecenter he answered all my questions beforehand and was concise in the cost of treatments being communicated by Estecenter . Truly excellent service and i highly recommend you engage Abud as this leaves you know worries in relaxing during and after your very important treatments that you waited so long to have done Also i decided to stay and additional 7 days , at my own cost in Istanbul, to help my recovery.
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    Ellis McLintock, Turkey
    star star Aug 2020
    From start to finish my experience with Flymedi was exceptional. The coordinator, Abud worked hard at finding the right surgeon for me. He was constantly in contact while I was away to ensure everything went smoothly. I honestly could not be happier with the company. Dr Ozge has done an exceptional job too. Thank you Abud for making me feel confident again!
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    Ali G., Tunisia
    star star Aug 2019
    i had eyelid surgery with Estethica couple of months back i wanted to wait for recovery before reviewing .i'm very satisfied with the result, nadia offered a great help throughout the process.
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    Melera, Belgium
    star star Jun 2019
    It's all good! Excellent surgeon and team!
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    Nienke, Netherlands
    star star Mar 2019
    I had my operation a month ago. The result was great so far! Thank you!
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    Maribeth, Switzerland
    star star Jan 2019
    I highly recommended Mustafa was good assistance all the way through. From airport, hotel, and hospital. The surgeon who conduct the operation did a great job. I was hesitant at first and was scared what would be the result but waking up after the surgery I was surprised by his professionalism. As well as Mustafa was being present every time I needed him out anytime I could contacted him. He never fails. Thanks to Y'ALL guys.
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    Sergei, Bulgaria
    star star May 2018
    Месяц назад сделал в клинике блефаропластику верхних и нижних век. Хотел бы сказать спасибо координатору от сайта и консультанту в клинике за доброжелательность и чёткую координацию организации до и после операции и всему персоналу и врачам клиники. С нетерпением жду когда сойдёт остаточная опухоль верхних век что бы был виден окончательный результат операции.
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    Ahmed, Egypt
    star star May 2018
    I had an Excellent experience with flymedi , In less than one week I was able to receive an offer, all the information necessary for the treatment, book my appointment and have my surgery. I want to thank Nadia for her help and availability at all times, I also want to thank Dr.Ozge for his professionalism. Overall I'm completely satisfied.
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    Cynthia Henderson, Australia
    star star Nov 2016
    The staff were good to communicate with. Facilities very good. Location easy to get to. Price was ok.
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