Eyelid surgery is a plastic surgery for correcting defects in the eyelids or enhancing the appearance of upper or lower eyelids. Also called blepharoplasty or eye lift surgery, eyelid surgery can correct a number of issues in the area surrounding the eyes, including sagging skin above the upper eyelids, puffiness, bags under the eyes, etc.
You will find a rich selection of clinics offering eye lift surgery in Turkey, particularly in the country’s cultural capital, Istanbul.
Eyelid surgery procedure
Blepharoplasty can take from one to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Incisions are made in the areas where the resulting scars would be the least noticeable, either in the creases of the upper eyelids or below the lower lash lines. Excess skin or fat is removed and sutures applied.
Blepharoplasty Patient profile
Eyelid surgery is usually sought by patients with drooping eyelids, aged skin surrounding the eyes, puffiness, and occasionally blocked upper field of vision. Double eyelid surgery is popular with mostly Asian people seeking to create the appearance of larger eyes.
You should be healthy, a nonsmoker, and suffer from no serious eye conditions in order to have a blepharoplasty.
Eyelid surgery Costs
Costs of eyelid surgery can vary widely according to the surgeon’s experience and the exact type of procedure. Costs of blepharoplasty in Turkey, along with many other cosmetic procedures, are much lower compared to Europe and the US.
Insurance usually covers the costs of eye lift surgery only when it is not performed exclusively for cosmetic purposes, i.e. when it is performed to alleviate any form of visual impairment.
Always inquire about the full price which takes into account not only the price of surgery, but additional costs such as anesthesia fees, operating room facilities and hospital costs, examinations, second procedure cost if necessary, etc.
Your surgeon examines your face in order to determine if eyelid surgery is the appropriate procedure for your concerns.
During eye lift surgery consultations, the following is discussed: surgical goals; medical history; substances used currently, including medications, supplements, alcohol, drugs and tobacco; current health status; the expected outcome; postoperative care and potential complications.
Photographs are taken and options of eyelid surgery are discussed, after which the surgeon recommends an appropriate course of treatment.
It is advised to make full use of the consultation appointment in order to make as informed of a decision as possible. It is important for the success of the procedure to honestly answer to all of the surgeon’s inquiries and openly ask about anything requiring clarification.
Before the Eyelid surgery
The following might be asked of you before having your eyelid surgery:
- Getting tests for medical evaluation
- Abstaining from nicotine
- Abstaining from aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
- Taking specific medications or adjusting current medication
Postoperative care & recovery
After eyelid surgery, the eyes might be covered with gauze and thin bandages are placed over the incisions as they heal. The stiches are removed after roughly a week.
You are instructed on what medication to use for healing and how to take care of the eye area. As the skin heals there might be irritation, dryness of the eyes and mild to moderate pain which can be treated with medication, cold compresses and ointment.
Several months are needed for full recovery, but 7-10 days are needed in most cases to return to normal activities and for most of the swelling to go down and bruising to lighten.
During the recovery the eye area should not be exposed to sunlight and dark tinted sunglasses should be used if exposure to daylight is necessary. The skin should always be handled gently without exposure to any abrasive motion.
It is advised to make inquires with your surgeon concerning the period immediately after the surgery and during recovery. You may have questions about where you will be placed after the surgery, what medications you will be given, and when to arrange an appointment for follow-up care.
The final results of the blapheroplasty should be visible only after the intitial swelling and bruising diminshes.
The results of blapheroplasty are permanent, but as the skin continues to age after the surgery at its natural pace, the upper eyelids might begin drooping again after at least five to seven years. Forehead lifts can be taken to remedy this. The usual advice of using sun protection to preserve the skin is recommended for maintaing the results of eyelid surgery as well.
In some cases, multiple surgeries are needed for the best results.