Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids. This popular procedure aims to improve hooded eyes or droopy eyelids or eye bags.
There are 2 types of blepharoplasty: upper eyelift and lower eyelift surgery. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a different operation from upper eyelid ptosis surgery. Ptosis surgery aims to raise the position of the upper eyelid margin by tightening the muscle and tendon.
Sometimes, patients may have only one procedure or the combination of these two depending on the condition of their eyelids. The procedure is also called under eye surgery or eye bags surgery.
In this article we have gathered the most useful information about eyelid surgery together in the order you to get a general idea if you consider to have it.
Eyelid Surgery Risks and Complications
Blepharoplasty complications and risks are generally very rare and may vary from patient to patient depending on the skin type, age, sensitivity and the severity of the condition. However, blepharoplasty is a quite safe operation, and most patients who had blepharoplasty are quite content with the eyelid surgery results. In the case of eyelid surgery gone wrong, the following complications may mostly occur:
• Dryness to the eyes
• Difficulty in closing your eyes
• Bleeding from incision lines
• Sensitivity to the sun or other bright lights
• Anesthesia risks
• Swelling and bruising
• Inflamed, itchy scars
• Temporarily blurred or impaired vision
Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time
During the blepharoplasty recovery time, antibiotic ointments and eye patches are generally necessary right after the surgery. Here are some eyelid surgery recovery tips:
• After one day of your surgery, you should apply cold packs each hour for about 10 minutes to reduce the swelling and bruising.
• After three days from your surgery, you should apply a cold pack every 2 hours for about 15 minutes.
• One week later, you should start to apply warm compresses to support healing.
• You may experience slight discomfort and pain during the first and second week of your blepharoplasty recovery.
• Eyelid surgery aftercare is highly important and recovering from blepharoplasty completely may take several weeks, during which you should not wear eye makeup or use contact lenses.
• The scars resulted from eyelid surgery will be visible only when the eye is still swollen or bruised during the recovery period. This is usually observed a few days after the surgery. Once the swelling and bruising decrease, the scars begin to heal and become completely invisible.
Eyelid Surgery Cost
Eyelift costs may vary widely based on your cosmetic surgeon’s fee, the type of procedure used, the location of the hospital, anesthesia fees, medical tests and prescriptions for medication. Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance? No, it is not generally covered by most health insurance because it is a cosmetic procedure. So how much does an eyelid surgery cost? Here are some average costs of eyelid surgery from different destinations:
• Eyelid surgery cost in Turkey: €1,600
• Eyelid surgery cost in Poland: € 1,300
• Eyelid surgery cost in India: €1,400
• Eyelid surgery cost in Singapore: €3,500
• Eyelid surgery cost in the UK: €5,000
• Eyelid surgery cost in Korea: €3,000
Eyelid Surgery Before and After
Blepharoplasty before and after results are remarkable, and the majority of blepharoplasty patients are extremely satisfied with their new looks. Eyelid surgery is popular especially among Asian patients; actually, it is the most common cosmetic procedure requested in Asia.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.