Blepharoplasty: All you need to know
We all know that over the passage of time, our bodies grow old and our skin gets saggy. Eyelids are no exception in this regard. Eyelids are created to protect the eyes from external effects such as bright lights, dust, etc. They also provide your eyes with a beautiful shape. However, over the years, eyelids become weak and slowly lose their ability to perform or function, and that also affects our vision. In addition, when you have saggy eyelids, the shape of your eyes is no longer beautiful. Besides, it makes you feel a lot older than you really are. So, if you are suffering from what we call droopy eyelids and are planning to get eyelid surgery, continue reading because I know just the right place to do it.
The cost of blepharoplasty
The cost of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the country where the procedure is performed and the specific clinic or surgeon chosen. Here are approximate cost ranges for blepharoplasty in different countries:
United States: The cost of blepharoplasty in the US can range from $2,500 to $7,500 or more, depending on factors such as location, surgeon expertise, and whether it includes upper or lower eyelids or both.
United Kingdom: In the UK, the cost of blepharoplasty typically ranges from £2,000 to £6,000 or more, depending on the specific location, the surgeon’s experience, and the complexity of the procedure.
Australia: The cost of blepharoplasty in Australia can range from AUD $3,000 to AUD $10,000 or more, depending on various factors such as the surgeon’s experience, location, and the extent of the surgery required.
India: In India, blepharoplasty is generally more affordable, with prices ranging from INR 50,000 to INR 2,00,000 or more. However, costs can vary depending on the city and the reputation of the surgeon or clinic.
Thailand: Thailand is known for its competitive prices in medical tourism. The cost of blepharoplasty in Thailand can range from THB 50,000 to THB 200,000 or more, depending on the facility, surgeon expertise, and additional services provided.
The cost of blepharoplasty in Iran ranges from $800 to $2,000$, while the cost of blepharoplasty in the USA ranges from 7,000 to 10,000$.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a medical or cosmetic surgery for removing extra skin and fat and sometimes eradicating a piece of the muscle to provide a youthful appearance and correct your vision if it was affected by the saggy eyelids.
What are the reasons behind eyelid sagging?
It is known that eyelid drooping results normally from aging when the skin and muscle lose their elasticity. However, there are other reasons such as the following:
- Some people have sagging eyelids as a birth defect, which must be treated immediately so it doesn’t turn into a squint.
- It can result from an injury or a disease (diabetes, tumor around the eye, stroke, Horner syndrome, etc.).
- It can be caused by swelling in the eye.
- filler injections in the wrong places can paralyze the area and cause the eyelids to sag.
- Shock or accident.
What are the symptoms of eyelid drooping?
- Visionary problems occur when the saggy eyelid partially or completely covers the eye.
- Dry eye or excessive tearing.
- Pain in the eyelid and migraines.
- If you tilt your head up to some degree so you can see clearly.
Eyelid surgery types
There are two types of blepharoplasty:
Blepharoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons only for:
- Removing excessive skin
- Adding or removing fat to improve the appearance of the eyelid
- Eyelid lifting.
The common reason for medical blepharoplasty is to remove the saggy part of the eyelid that can negatively affect your eyesight and rejuvenate the shape of your eyes.
Before deciding whether to undergo blepharoplasty, one must learn about all the risks of the surgery. Blepharoplasty is not that dangerous, especially when you choose a professional ophthalmologist.
However, there are some complications that you should learn about, such as:
- Infections and bleeding
- Eye muscle damage
- Anesthetic risks.
Before applying for a blepharoplasty, you should set an appointment with an ophthalmologist because there are a few things that you should discuss with the surgeon, such as:
- Discussing your medical history: The doctor might ask you a few questions about whether you have previous medical conditions or allergies to any type of medication.
- Informing your doctor whether you have thyroid problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other eye problems.
- Informing your doctor if you are under any kind of medication or permanent treatment including chemical and herbal medicine.
- Having a physical checkup: The doctor will examine your vision and ability to produce tears. In addition, the doctor will use a special device to measure parts of your eyelids.
- The doctor will take photos of your eyelids from different angles and positions to help him/her prepare for your surgery and evaluate the outcomes which may result after a long period of time.
In addition, you have to avoid certain medications that lower blood’s ability to form clots like Aspirin. Also, you have to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking ten days before the surgery because they delay the healing process.
On the day of the surgery, you should take a companion with you in case you need any help after the surgery and drive you home.
There are several methods for eyelid surgery.
- Traditional blepharoplasty
the surgery takes about 2-4 hours. It can be performed under regional anesthesia in a beauty clinic or under general anesthesia in a hospital. The surgeon makes a small hole in the upper eyelid. After that, he/she separates the skin from the lower tissues. Then, he/she removes the saggy part of the eyelids and the fat.
- Laser blepharoplasty
It is a simple procedure that requires regional anesthesia. It takes about 30-45 minutes. The CO2 laser is used to make small incisions in the folds of the upper eyelids or near the lower lash line. The doctor then removes extra skin or reforms the basic fat, tissues, and muscles. Special threads are used to close the incisions and dissolve by themselves after a period of time.
- Ul therapy
Ultrasounds are applied on the skin by a special Ul device. The heat caused by the ultrasound waves stimulates the formation of collagen, which tightens the skin and lifts it up.
Recovery after blepharoplasty
Here are some tips that you should follow after undergoing eyelid surgery:
- Blepharoplasty is a simple procedure. This means that the patient can be discharged after a few hours of the surgery. Sometimes, the patient needs a stay in the hospital for one night to make sure he/she is in a stable condition.
- The doctor prescribes some painkillers to ease the pain and eye drops to prevent dry eye conditions.
- Ice packs can be used to reduce swelling.
- You should not lift any weight over 9 kg.
- Avoid swimming and sports after the surgery.