Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery Blepharoplasty

What is eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty is an operation to lift droopy eyelids (upper eyelid surgery), remove eye bags, and tighten loose skin (lower eyelid surgery). According to the patient’s needs and the doctor’s advice, it can also be a double operation on the upper and lower lids. 

Eyelids surgery makes you look youthful and refreshed and improves your appearance. It is better to meet your surgeon to discuss your case and know if this surgery is appropriate.

Are you the right candidate for eyelid lift surgery

Blepharoplasty considers ideal for you if you aspire to a youthful appearance and look for anti-aging treatments. It is usually performed if you are 35 years and over unless you have baggy eyelids run in your family; then, you might decide to have the surgery before that.

You are considered the right candidate for this procedure if you have realistic expectations for the surgery results and do not suffer health problems.

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Types of eyelid surgery

 We can classify its types into two categories:

Cosmetic Blepharoplasty: 

 This procedure is used for cosmetic purposes when it is medically unnecessary,

Such as:

  • Remove excess skin.
  • Improve the appearance of the eyelid by adding or removing fat.
  • Tighten the eyelid.
  • Treat baggy or droopy eyelids.

Functional Blepharoplasty:

 The most common reason for functional eyelid surgery is to remove loose skin from the upper eyelid, affecting vision with age.


Before deciding whether you want this procedure, you must know all its risks. But, according to the best-experienced ophthalmologists, it is not a risky operation.

However, it is not empty of risks like any other surgery.

Some of these risks :

  • Obvious scars.
  • Eyelids’ Infection and Bleeding.
  • Harm to eye muscles.
  • Anesthesia reactions are connected with any surgery in general.

The surgeon must describe the risks in detail according to your health status. Then you can decide whether you want to perform this surgery or not.

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How to qualify for eyelid lift surgery?

How to qualify for eyelid surgery?

Before you schedule the surgery, you will need to meet the cosmetic surgeon and ophthalmologist

to clarify all the points related to eyelid lift surgery.

For instance:

  • I am deciding with the doctor whether the surgery will be under general or local anesthesia. General anesthesia is the right choice if the process is complicated or includes other cosmetic procedures.
  • The doctor will ask about your medical history, health problems, and used medication.
  • Discuss with the surgeon your expectations for the operation’s result, risks, and benefits; this will help you accept the outcome.

In addition to the mentioned above,

you will undergo detailed examinations

such as:

  • Examining your eyes and vision
  • Testing the creation of your tears
  • Asking for blood tests
  • Take photographs of your eyelids from various angles.

Your surgeon will give you all the instructions for the surgery; please follow them carefully.

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Eyelid surgery before and after

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A lower eyelids surgery might take about 2 hours, while an upper eyelids surgery usually takes about 1 hour. The surgeon will begin first with the upper eyelids process if you undergo double eyelids surgery.

They will put accurate marks to specify working areas, then make an incision over the eyelid wrinkle and remove excess skin, fat, or muscle. Afterward, they will close the incision with sutures.

After finishing the upper eyelids process, the surgeon will start to make an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid or below the lower eyelashes.

The doctor will remove fat from the bags under the eyes and a small amount of the skin; then, they will complete the surgery by closing the incision.

Eyelid lift surgery usually includes other cosmetic treatments such as eyebrow lifting, forehead lifting, and facelift procedures.

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This procedure usually takes a short recovery time compared to other cosmetic surgeries. You can go home or to your hotel room on the same day unless there are complications.

You will need someone to be with you because of covering your eyes with gauze pads for 3 to 5 days, or HayatMed will offer an escort to stay with you.

The doctor will describe a painkiller to take when needed, eye drops, and ointment. Please call your surgeon immediately if you feel severe pain.

Remember that you will need up to 2 weeks to return to your routine life or as per the doctor’s advice.

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This surgery may cause some side effects,

such as:

  • Difficulty closing the eye.
  • Ptosis of the eyelid.
  • Swollen eyes.
  • Irritated sclera.

recovery tips 

Your surgeon will explain what you will need for self-care

after the procedure to ensure getting the best results,

Such as:

  • Avoid wearing makeup for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activities.
  • If you wear glasses, you can use them directly after the surgery, while if you wear contact lenses, you must wait for a week or more, according to the doctor’s instructions.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Avoid electronic screens like computers, smartphones, and TV for a week or more.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight.


In general, the surgery complications disappear after about two weeks, but rarely it might take longer.

In the first month after the procedure, you might be disappointed because of the puffiness, redness, and scars in the eye area, but after that, the benefits will start to appear, and you will look younger and refreshed.

It is a popular surgery. Most of the people who had it were satisfied with the results.

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Blepharoplasty Cost 

Blepharoplasty cost varies depending on the surgeon’s subspecialty and experience, the type of procedure performed and its complexity, and the geographic office location. Furthermore, Lower eyelid surgery is usually more expensive than upper eyelid surgery because it can be more complicated.

On average, it costs $3,163 (1) in the USA, while it costs between $2,000 to $5,000 in the UK and approximately ranges from 1600€ to 4500€ In European countries.

If you try to find the best prices for cosmetic surgeries besides the high quality, you will find that Turkey is the required place to visit. So, regarding blepharoplasty, the cost in Turkey is between $1,800 to $2,900

Remember that HayatMed collects between highly experienced surgical operations and competitive costs.

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