Updated on November 12th, 2023
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is the process of tightening the eyelid by removing excess muscles and tissues that cause sagging on the upper and lower eyelids. Due to advancing age, sagging and collapse problems occur around the eyes. Sagging problems on the eyelids can be eliminated with a surgical procedure.
While the eyelids are tightened in eyelid aesthetics; bags and wrinkles around the eyes caused by excess fat tissues around the eyes are also corrected, giving a healthier, dynamic and youthful appearance.
Surgical risk is low in eyelid sagging that begins to occur at the ages of 35-40. Eyelid surgery is usually performed starting from this age. If deemed necessary for eye bag problems that occur due to genetic characteristics, the operation can be performed at an earlier age.
Eyelid problems that cause an old and tired appearance can be listed as loose upper and lower eyelid skin, sagging, bagging, wrinkles, lines, herniation in the lower lids, color changes, sagging of the eye edges downwards and bruises. These problems, which can be triggered by genetic causes and advancing age, fatigue, insomnia, sunlight, alcohol and smoking, can be eliminated with eyelid aesthetics.
Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed in different ways, depending on the initial condition of the skin of the eyelids and periorbital region and the patient’s wishes.
The classic method is performed using a scalpel, but in some cases a surgical laser can be used to cut the skin. Alternatively, eyelid plastic surgery can be performed with the help of non-surgical methods – radio waves, cosmetic laser, microcurrent exposure.
Upper eyelid surgeries are performed under local anesthesia and lower eyelid surgeries are performed under general anesthesia. The incisions for the surgery are made in the upper eyelid to match the fold of the eyelid, and in the lower eyelid just below the eyelashes, so that the surgical scars can be easily hidden and prevented from being noticed.
While the operation takes approximately 1 hour in the upper eyelid, this time may vary between 2-4 hours in lower eyelid surgeries. In eyelid surgeries, as in all other surgical operations, blood thinners such as aspirin etc. should be discontinued 10 days before surgery.
Eyelid aesthetics is as important as any surgical operation. Therefore, the doctor who will perform the operation should be chosen well. The correct evaluation of the patient’s muscle position by the physician who will perform the operation is a procedure based entirely on experience and knowledge, and it is very important for the correct surgery to be performed.
In eyelid aesthetics, the eyebrow structure should also be examined well. Because, if there is a low eyebrow structure, it may become more prominent after the operation. For this reason, if the person to undergo eyelid surgery has low eyebrows, eyebrow lift should also be performed. In some cases, only correcting the low eyebrow structure provides improvement in the eyelids.
The cost of eyelid surgery can vary depending on the volume and the correction method chosen.
For example, a circular eyelid plastic can range from 4,000 USD to 8,000 USD, including anesthesia and consumables. This is slightly more expensive than simply removing sagging upper eyelids or tightening the lower eyelids. The price of laser correction of the eyelids will be slightly higher than the cost of classical blepharoplasty, but the rehabilitation period in the first case will be much easier and faster.