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Blepahrolasty Facts and Figures

When men are posed the question, “What’s the first thing you notice about a woman?”, the majority would say without thinking twice: “Her eyes. Eyes are the window to the soul”.

Indeed, women is particular tend to put special emphasis on the eyes when it comes to make-up, skin protection and anti-aging treatments . No wonder then that blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide, with hundreds of thousands of eyelid lifts performed annually in the U.S. alone.

We live the era of eternal youth where we finally have the chance to prolong or remove the visible signs of the aging skin such as lost elasticity, wrinkles or drooping and sagging eyelids. Blepharoplasty aims to give back the youthful, firm appearance of the drooping upper and sagging lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery is usually an elective surgery for esthetic reasons, but sometimes eyelid lift becomes a medical necessity when drooping eyelids limit vision.

How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?

Eyelid surgery can be done on an outpatient basis during a 1 to 3 hour long operation, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Patients may ask for:

  • Only upper eyelid surgery
  • Only lower blepharoplasty
  • Double eyelid surgery
  • Asian eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty is done under local anesthesia and sedation, so you are awake all the way.

The surgeon will follow the natural lines of the eyelids when making an incision. Excess skin and fat are removed, muscles are tightened and the skin is stitched again creating a firmer, smoother eyelid surface. The stitches are removed within about a week. Lower blepharoplasty does not involve scarring as the incision is either made inside your lower eyelids or along the line of your eyelashes.

Asian eyelid surgery is a sub-specialty of plastic surgery that specializes in East Asian patients who wish to get their eyelids reshaped. In certain East Asian countries it is the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery. The procedure involves the formation of a crease in the upper eyelids, in other words the surgeon turns a single, creaseless eyelid into a double eyelid, which is similar to white or Western eyelids.

After the operations you are required to wear bandage over the eyelids to reduce swelling and infection risks.

Icing is the best way to fight swelling and the itchy, burning sensation you may feel for 2-3 days post-surgery, but the inconveniences fade away soon. The occasionally experienced blurred vision also improves within a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication can relieve pain in the first days after surgery.

The results are usually dramatic and permanent, naturally skin aging is not stopped by eyelid surgery, but the bagginess and drooping will surely be diminished for 7-10 years. Scars may be visible for as long as 6 months, but if given the right care, they will be inconspicuous soon.

It is essential however to pose realistic expectations. Patients must understand that eyelid surgery does not treat wrinkles and creases around the eyes, it does not change the color or texture of the skin, lift eyebrow or change the contour of the face. Complementary cosmetic treatments often performed along with eyelid surgery to further perfect appearance with:

Potential Risks of Blepharoplasty

Any surgical procedure involves the risk of infections, bleeding, allergic reactions and uneven scarring, however, eyelid surgery specifically may result in the following unwanted conditions:

  • Vision problems, eye damage
  • Stiff eyelids, difficulty fully closing the eyes
  • Unnaturally folding eyelids that turn either in or out
  • Skin coloring

 Eyelid Surgery Cost

Esthetic interventions are elective procedures; therefore insurance companies hardly ever cover any of the related costs. Eyelid surgery is not an exception, unless your vision is damaged because of the condition of the eyelids. Eyelid surgery cost varies depending on the location, the medical facility and the doctor’s experience, furthermore if the patient wishes upper eyelid surgery (between 1500-4000UDS), lower blepharoplasty (between 1000-2000 USD), or double eyelid surgery. Prices also vary with the complementary procedures.

Eyelid Surgery Abroad

Eyelid surgery abroad becomes an attractive option if it is combined with other cosmetic procedures and the patient cares to save thousands of dollars on medical costs and surgeon’s fees. Clinics in lower-cost countries offer world-class medical services for 50-70% cheaper than in the U.S. or U.K. When choosing a facility abroad, always check out the following:

  • International accreditations
  • Surgeons’ qualifications
  • Official price lists and what they include
  • Equipment and techniques available