Blepharoplasty: Procedure, Efficacy, Safety, and More

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What is Blepharoplasty?

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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Why Has Blepharoplasty Done?

 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.

Types of Blepharoplasty Surgery

There are 2 types of eyelid surgery related to the area on which you do the procedure. These types are

1. upper blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as an “upper eyelid lift,” is a surgical process that corrects drooping upper eyelids by extracting excess skin and fat deposits from them.
Under local or general anesthesia, this procedure restores an alert and youthful appearance and improves peripheral vision when previously impaired by loose skin.
Recovery usually takes 7 to 10 days, although complications such as infection or visual problems are rare.

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how does the upper eyelid surgery done

2. Lower Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as an “upper eyelid lift,” is a surgical process that corrects drooping upper eyelids by extracting excess skin and fat deposits from them.
Under local or general anesthesia, this procedure restores an alert and youthful appearance and improves peripheral vision when previously impaired by loose skin.
Recovery usually takes 7 to 10 days, although complications such as infection or visual problems are rare.

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Blepharoplasty Risks

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 prepare to 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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Blepharoplasty procedure

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

They will put accurate marks to specify working areas, then 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 cosmetic treatments such as eyebrow lifting, forehead lifting, and facelift procedures.

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Blepharoplasty recovery

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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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.

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Blepharoplasty Complications 

This surgery may cause some side effects,

such as:

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

Blepharoplasty  Result 

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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Eyelid surgery before and after

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.

Cost of Blepharoplasty in Turkey

The cost of Blepharoplasty in Turkey is comparable to other countries. On average, eyelid surgery costs anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 based on where you choose for your procedure and doctor. Prices may vary based on location and the doctor selected for the procedure.

Due to its growing popularity among Turks and ex-pats, many medical tourism agencies can organize everything for you! So if you’re considering booking with them, ensure they’re reliable so everything goes smoothly during your trip!

Blepharoplasty Cost in the US

In the United States, blepharoplasty costs can range from $2,500 to $5,000 per eye, with an average cost of around $3,282.

Blepharoplasty recovery times vary between patients, but most can return to work within one week. Mild discomfort in the joint may persist after surgery but usually dissipates after a few days.


Blepharoplasty has its limitations, but it can also be a wonderful thing. Only some people are suitable for the procedure, and others may need clarification. Your best bet is to take time and consider all options carefully; while the right choice for you may vary, evaluate all potential outcomes, assess your needs, and work with reliable surgeons you trust.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

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Yes, contact lenses can be worn after blepharoplasty, but the swelling may take a few weeks. Therefore, if you’ve had traditional or full-thickness lower eyelid surgery, wait until after healing has completely taken place before wearing contacts again.

Soft contact lenses are typically recommended after blepharoplasty for comfort and cosmetic results. However, waiting about two weeks before wearing hard contacts after this procedure is advisable due to potential discomfort or infection risks.

After surgery:

  • Apply cold compresses for 20 minutes every two hours during the first 24 hours to reduce swelling. Be mindful not to apply pressure directly onto the eyes during this process, as it could lead to additional bleeding in the eye socket area.
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise for the first few days following eyelid surgery until all bruising has gone completely; this could take anywhere from one to ten days, depending on how much bruising occurred during recovery at home immediately following procedure completion.
  • Refrain from rubbing your eyes until the bruise has subsided.

Like all surgical procedures, there is always the risk of complications. However, the chances of these occurring during blepharoplasty are extremely remote. After surgery, a common postoperative issue is an asymmetry between your upper and lower eyelids. This can occur due to swelling or an unresolved issue on one side of your face that wasn’t addressed during the procedure. In rare cases, patients may develop conjunctival granuloma–an ongoing inflammation at the base of their eyelid–that could result in permanent vision loss if left untreated. Patients should communicate any concerns or questions they have after undergoing this procedure with their doctor so that they can receive prompt medical assistance if required.


The duration of a retrobulbar block depends on the anesthetic used and the procedure being performed. For instance, if a patient has additional surgeries performed under general anesthesia that take longer than anticipated, their retrobulbar block could be extended accordingly.
A longer or shorter duration of pain relief may be experienced depending on whether any complications occurred during surgery (like bleeding into your long-term vision field). These could result in increased swelling and inflammation, making everyday tasks such as driving more challenging or reading the small print on objects like prescription bottles more irritating

Most of the side effects of rhinoplasty will fade after the operation in two to four weeks. As we said previously, you can return to work one week after the operation by covering the remaining redness with some make-up if you need to.

Yes, blepharoplasty can reduce signs of crow’s feet; however, it’s essential to remember that this procedure won’t completely eradicate them.
If your patient has never had facial surgery before and wants their crow’s feet removed, there is a surgical technique that can be used. However, due to repeated muscle movements causing crow’s feet in one area over time, some residual lines will remain visible after surgery (though less prominent).

About the author

Binsy George
Binsy George

Binsy brings over 13 years of expertise to the HayatMed Clinic Blog. With a passion for healthcare communication, she has crafted insightful articles that demystify complex medical topics, empowering readers to make informed decisions about their well-being.
Her wealth of experience ensures that each blog post is a reliable source of knowledge, fostering a deeper understanding of health and medical advancements.

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This article was Medically reviewed by Dr. Duran Çekiç

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