Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery, commonly known as Blepharoplasty, is a procedure used to change the shape and the appearance of the eyelids to correct its defects and improve the area around the eyes. The surgeon performs it on the upper eyelid, the lower or both at the same time.

What is eyelid reshaping?

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

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

At HayatMed, we have the best ophthalmologist in Turkey who have experience in the cosmetic and eyelid surgery field. Click here to book a free consultation with HayatMed.

Are you the right candidate for eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty considers ideal for you if you aspire to youthful appearance and look to 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.

Whether you have realistic expectations for the surgery results and do not suffer from health problems, then you are considered a right candidate for this procedure.

Types of eyelid surgery

 We can classify its types in two categories as:

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 the functional eyelid surgery is to remove loose skin from the upper eyelid, which affects the vision with age.

Blepharoplasty Risks

Blepharoplasty Risks

 Before deciding whether you want to have this procedure or not, you must know all the risks associated with it. In general, it is not a risky operation, according to the best-experienced ophthalmologists.

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

Some of these risks :

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

The surgeon must tell you all the risks in detail according to your health status. Then you can make the right decision whether you want to perform this surgery or not.

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 the eyelids reshaping procedure.

For instance:

  • Getting the decision with the doctor whether the surgery will be under general anesthesia or local anesthesia. The general anesthesia is the right choice if the process will be complicated or include other cosmetic procedures.
  • The doctor will ask you about your medical history, health problems, used medication.
  • Discuss with the surgeon about your expectations for the operation’s result, risks, and benefits; this will be good for you to accept the outcoming result.

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
  • Taking photographs for your eyelids from varies angles.

Your surgeon will give you all the instructions related to the surgery; please be sure to follow them carefully.

Eyelid surgery procedure

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.

He/she will put accurate marks to specify working areas, then making an incision over the eyelid wrinkle and remove excess skin, fat or muscle. Afterward, he/she will close the incision by 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 he/she will complete the surgery by closing the incision.

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

Eyelid surgery 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 any complications.

You will need to have someone to be with you because of covering your eyes by gauze pads for 3 to 5 days, or HayatMed will offer an escort to stay with you. Click here to get more information.

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

Keep in mind that you will need up to 2 weeks to back to your routine life or as the doctor’s advice.

Blepharoplasty complications 

This surgery may cause some side effects,

such as:

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

Eyelid surgery recovery tips 

Eyelid surgery 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.
  • In case you wear glasses, you can use them directly after the surgery while if you wear contact lenses, you need to wait for a week or more according to the doctor’s instructions.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Avoid electronic screens like a computer, smartphone, and TV for a week or more.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight.

At HayatMed, we provide free aftercare services. For more information, click here to contact one of our representatives.


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 results.

Blepharoplasty Cost 

Blepharoplasty cost varies, depending on the surgeon’s subspecialty and his/her 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, in the USA eyelid surgery costs $3,163 (1), 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 out the best prices for cosmetic surgeries besides the high quality, you will find that Turkey is the required place to visit. So, regarding blepharoplasty cost in Turkey, it is between $1,200 to $2,400

Keep in mind that HayatMed collects between the highly experience in terms of surgical operations and competitive costs at the same time.

If you would like to find out more about upper and lower eyelid surgery costs, be sure to contact HayatMed for a free consultation. Click here to get more information about Face Lift or go back to the Facial Aesthetic Category.

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