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Eyelid Surgery

Synonyms: Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Lift, Eyelift

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift is a procedure where excessive skin, fat and muscle are removed from your upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid Surgery is mostly done in conjunction with Face Lift, Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) or Brow Lift surgery.

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Where can I get Eyelid Surgery?

Country Cost with MedSolution
France $5,296 - 2 eyelids  (inquire)
France $7,051 - 4 eyelids  (inquire)
India $1,668 - 4 eyelids  (inquire)
Turkey $4,800 (inquire)
Cost of procedure performed in the US: $2,525.
All prices are in US dollars and include the cost of the procedure and minimum hospital stay. Estimates and minimum hospital stay will vary depending upon individual needs and requirements.

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Why is Eyelid Surgery performed?

Eyelid Surgery can be performed for either cosmetic or functional purposes in men and in women. Eyelid Surgery does improve the look of your eyes but it also improves your vision if the skin fold around your eyes interfere with your vision. Eyelid Surgery is performed to remove puffiness or bagginess from under your eyes. Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty can also correct drooping upper eyelid.

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Who is an ideal candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

If you are a man or a woman above 35 - 40 years of age who would like to improve their appearance and / or vision (whatever the case may be) and have realistic expectations, then you are an ideal candidate for Eyelid Surgery. If droopy upper eyelid or baggy eyes run in the family, then you may be an ideal candidate for Eyelid Surgery at an early age.

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Who is not an ideal candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

If you have thyroid problems like Grave's disease or hypothyroidism, if you have high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, glaucoma, retinal detachment or dry eyes due to insufficient production of tears (Dry Eyes), then you should preferably not consider Eyelid Surgery.

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What does the procedure for Eyelid Surgery involve?

Eyelid Surgery is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Depending on the number of eyelids getting done, Eyelid Surgery may take any where from 2 - 4 hours. In a typical Eyelid Surgery procedure, you surgeon will make incision below your eyelashes in your lower lid and along the creases of your upper eyelid. These incisions may extend to the outer corner of your eyes. Your surgeon will dissect out and separate the skin of your eyelid from the underlying fat and muscle, remove excessive fat and trim away excessive sagging skin and tighten the eye muscle. The incision is then closed with very fine sutures so that it results in minimal scarring after Eyelid Surgery. A trans-conjunctival approach for Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty may be used so that no external incision needs to be made. You will spend the first few hours after Eyelid Surgery in the recovery room under observation to watch for any post-operative complications. You will be allowed to go home the same or the next day following your Eyelid Surgery.

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How do I prepare for Eyelid Surgery?

Before your Eyelid Surgery, make sure that you inform you surgeon and your anesthetist regarding any other medical condition, all the prescription and non-prescription medications (including vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements) that you take. If you smoke, make sure that you stop smoking at least 2 weeks before and do not smoke for 1 - 2 weeks after Eyelid Surgery to avoid healing problems. Your surgeon might prescribe you vitamin C and vitamin K pre-operatively to ensure proper healing after your Eyelid Surgery. During your pre-operative visit your vision and tear production will be tested. Be sure to make arrangements for someone to drive you home and help you around the house for the next couple of days after your Eyelid Surgery.

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What to expect during the recovery period following Eyelid Surgery?

There might be some swelling, bruising and soreness for the next few days following Eyelid Surgery. Your eyes will be covered with bandages and you will be prescribed some pain medication to deal with the pain. You will be instructed to keep your head elevated and apply cold compresses to minimize swelling after Eyelid Surgery. Your surgeon will also prescribe some eye drops to lubricate your eyes and prevent burning and itching of your eyes due to dryness. Do not be alarmed if you experience excessive tearing, blurring or double vision in the next few weeks following the Eyelid Surgery, all these symptoms will subside quickly. Your stitches will be removed in about a week and you will start seeing and enjoying the difference Eyelid Surgery has made to your appearance. If you wear contact lenses, do not wear them for the next couple of days after your Eyelid Surgery as it may be uncomfortable. You will be able to return back to your daily activities in about 2 weeks following the Eyelid Surgery. Avoid physically strenuous activities like playing sports, bending and lifting heavy objects for about 2 weeks following the Eyelid Surgery.

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What is the outcome of Eyelid Surgery?

The outcome of Eyelid Surgery is excellent. The results from this procedure will last for years or may be permanent however, they will depend on your lifestyle and environmental factors. The changes in your looks will take several days after the procedure to become completely evident. The scars from Eyelid Surgery heal gradually but do eventually fade to a thin line which may not be too conspicuous.

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B . R . A . N . D . of Eyelid Surgery

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

  • Eyelid Surgery is performed for esthetic as well as functional purposes and has proved to be successful in both cases. The incision for upper Eyelid Surgery is well hidden in the natural creases of the eyelid. The incision for the lower Eyelid Surgery is hidden under the eyelashes. Lower Eyelid Surgery removes excessive skin, muscle and fat to relieve under eye puffiness and bagginess. Eyelid Surgery undoubtedly gives you an alert and youthful look and imparts brightness to your eyes.

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Risks of Eyelid Surgery

  • Blurring of vision - This is a transient eye problem and is relieved in about 2 weeks after Eyelid Surgery.
  • Diplopia or double vision - This is a transient problem as well and is relieved in about 2 weeks or so.
  • Temporary swelling and bruising
  • Difficulty closing your eyes - This may result from impaired function of eyelid muscles due to nerve damage
  • Accumulation of blood or Hematoma formation
  • Infection
  • Dryness or irritation of the eye - Your surgeon may recommend eye drops or artificial tears to be used for the first few weeks following Eyelid Surgery.
  • Bleeding from the incision site

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Alternatives to Eyelid Surgery

  • Thermalift - In this procedure, radio-frequency waves are used to lift and tighten sagging skin. Thermalift is used on cheeks, brows and face and is considered a good non-surgical option to Eyelid Surgery.
  • Laser Resurfacing - Like other parts of the face and neck, lasers are used to remove wrinkles from the corner of the eyes. In this case a Eyelid Surgery for eyelift may not be needed.
  • Adhesives and creams - These have been used to tighten and tone sagging muscles and skin. However, their effect can be short lived.
  • Threads and sutures - This is a quick and easy procedure where sutures are placed underneath the skin surface to provide support to the upper eyelid and prevent if from drooping.

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Now or Never

  • Fortunately, significant complications from Eyelid Surgery are extremely rare. If minor complications do occur, they do not effect the outcome of Eyelid Surgery. Thousands of people around the world undergo Eyelid Surgery and enjoy successful and pleasing results.

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Decision to have Eyelid Surgery

  • As with all Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery procedures, Eyelid Surgery will most certainly enhance your image and add to your self esteem and self confidence. Eyelid Surgery will also make you look alert and young which would be easy for you to appreciate if you have realistic expectations from this surgery.

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Keywords: Brow Lift, Droopy Upper Eyelid, Puffy Eyes, Baggy Eyes, Bright Eyes, Dry Eyes, Non-surgical Option, Thermalift, Laser Treatments, Laser Resurfacing

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