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Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

Are your eyelids disrupting your vision or are you looking to get younger, more alert looking eyes? Then, blepharoplasty may be a viable solution to your problems. It is a versatile eye surgery performed to either adjust abnormalities or defects of the eyelids or for aesthetic purposes.

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WHO IS THIS FOR
  • Blepharoplasty is recommended for patients whose upper eyelids are droopy or sagging due to excessive skin or fat, causing impairments in vision
  • Patients with excessive lower eyelid skin can also have blepharoplasty
  • Patients who are looking to improve the appearance of their eyes to achieve a more youthful look
RECOVERY TIME
  • Approximately 2 weeks after your blepharoplasty, the bruising and swelling will start to subside. It will take a few months for the scars to fade
TREATMENT DURATION
  • A routine blepharoplasty takes between 1 to 3 hours
SUCCESS
  • The blepharoplasty surgery has a 90-95% success rate
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Dry and/or irritated eyes
  • Distinct scarring
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty closing eyes
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS
Costs

The cost of a surgery depends on a variety of factors. Choosing to undergo the surgery for cosmetic reasons or for functional reasons will play a major role in deciding the cost. Prices for upper and lower blepharoplasty also differ. Lastly, the exchange rate and the cost of living also play a role.

  • Czech Republic

    € 1,155
  • Egypt

    € 1,200
  • Hungary

    € 1,390
HOW DOES A BLEPHAROPLASTY WORK?

Only after you’ve had your initial consultation regarding your upper or lower blepharoplasty and have made a final decision can the surgery be performed.

Upper Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty

Anaesthesia


Upper blepharoplasty can be carried out using either local anaesthetic, sedative anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. Local anaesthetic involves the injection of a numbing agent into the eyelids so that the patient can remain awake throughout your blepharoplasty. Sedative anaesthetic will cause patients to sleep during the surgery and general anaesthetic is, in essence, a medically induced coma. You should discuss each option with your doctor to see which is suitable for you.

Surgery


The surgeon will make an incision along the natural folds of your eyelid. They will then cut along the incision and proceed to remove the excess skin or fat, and tighten the muscle where needed. At the end of the blepharoplasty procedure, the surgeon will close the incision and stitch it up.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Anaesthesia


Just like upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty can be carried out using either local anaesthetic, sedative anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. Your doctor will discuss with you what option best works in your case.

Surgery


The incision is made either inside the lower lid or below the eye in the natural crease. Then the excess skin, muscle or fat will be removed or restructured. After this, the cut will be sutured and the surgery will be over. Lower blepharoplasty can also be done using a transconjunctival incision, which completes the procedure inside the lower eyelid and without removing any skin.

What is an Asian blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery?


Double eyelid surgery (Asian blepharoplasty) is one of the most commonly requested elective cosmetic surgeries among Asian populations such as South Korea, Taiwan, and China. The suprasternal epicanthic fold, as the crease above the upper eyelid is known, is absent in roughly half of the Asian population and so many choose this surgery for cosmetic reasons.

The double eyelid blepharoplasty involves creating a fold in the upper eyelid to create the double eyelid effect. Double eyelid surgery may be a surgery option also for older persons who wish to counter 'sunken eye deformity', combat wrinkles or reduce sagging in eyelid skin, or for anyone wishing to increase the width of their upper eyelid.

How does an Asian blepharoplasty work?


Double eyelid blepharoplasty includes non-incisional and incisional techniques. More precisely, there are three main kinds of double eyelid surgery available.

Double eyelid blepharoplasty - Incisional techniques

Incisional technique Full Incision
This method involves a single large incision and the removal of excess skin and fat. It is an ideal choice for older patients or anyone with thick or drooping eyelids.

Partial Incision
This method is often recommended for patients with eyelids containing excess fat but no excess skin. It involves several small incisions made along the line of the intended fold through which fat is removed. It is considered to be a less invasive alternative to the full incision method for your double eyelid surgery.

The Double Sutures and Twisting method (DST) or Non-incisional method

Non-incisional technique Also known as the Closed method, this is the least invasive option for your blepharoplasty as no incision is required. Sutures are placed at the top of the tarsus (a connective tissue) or attached to the underlying cartilage of the eyelid, creating a fold.

Modern DST procedures can be broken down into 'buried' and 'non-buried' procedures:

  • Non-buried methods are the simplest and involve the placement of sutures through the skin and into the connective tissue. Sutures are usually removed a few days later.
  • The buried method involves absorbable sutures being 'buried' into the muscle. This method is appealing as it does not require suture removal, thereby reducing the risk of scarring, and it also affords the surgeon greater freedom when it comes to dictating the width of the fold.

The DST method offers the shortest duration and recovery time after your blepharoplasty but can occasionally present issues in terms of long-lasting results.

What should I expect from this procedure?


A blepharoplasty can be done for functional reasons to allow for an unimpaired field of vision or for aesthetic improvement of the eye region. A lower blepharoplasty is almost always done for the latter reason and can also be combined with a facelift or a browlift. Both types of surgeries follow the same procedural protocol, and have a high rate of success. When going in for the surgery for cosmetic reasons, it is vital to make your intentions and expectations clear to your surgeon to achieve the best results.

Recovery time and results


Post your blepharoplasty surgery, your eyes may feel a little discomfort or may just feel a little unusual. Sensitivity to light and swelling are common and will dissipate with time. It is important to be patient and not force the issue or place undue stress on your eyes. It is also important to bear in mind that the final results of your blepharoplasty may take as long as three months to arrive - that is to say, due to swelling and healing, the fold may take this long to settle into its final position. In addition, the slight swelling that may persist for as much as three months after the procedure may cause the width of the double eyelid to remain wider than the final result during that period.

WHERE CAN I FIND A DOCTOR?
Qunomedical Health Managers have an all-round knowledge to find the right specialist for you. Learn more about Qunomedical.

The cost displayed on the map below refer to starting prices for an upper and lower blepharoplasty.

If you are looking for prices for an Asian blepharoplasty or single procedures (upper or lower), get in touch with us and we will get you a free quote for your preferred location.

Top destinations
  • Czech Republic

    € 1,155
  • Egypt

    € 1,200
  • Hungary

    € 1,390
  • Poland

    € 1,400
  • Thailand

    € 1,530
  • Turkey

    € 1,700
  • Mexico

    € 1,760
  • Malaysia

    € 1,935
  • South Korea

    € 2,020
  • Croatia

    € 2,040
  • Spain

    € 3,900
  • Austria

    € 3,900
  • Lithuania

    € 4,900
  • United States

    € 7,370
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