Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Cosmetic eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is the operation made for bringing its old form to the region where the implications of aging are seen first. With aging, subdermal fat tissue reduces. Reduction in the fat tissue leads to drooping skin. In this process, eyelids cannot resist gravity and start to droop. Sagging eyelids affect the quality of vision and make the face look older. Problems emerging due to the fat accumulation in eyelids that is generally observed due to aging can be eliminated with a cosmetic eyelid surgery. Drooping eyelid is solved with a cosmetic eyelid surgery and the patient is given a younger and healthy look.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is an operation made in the lower and upper eyelids where excess skin tissue is removed. Depending on the need, the tissue around the eye may be tightened to give a younger and tighter look to eyes. Blepharoplasty is a surgical intervention. A scar is left after the operation, but it is not obvious as it is hidden under the folds of eyelids. Where required, cosmetic eyelid surgery may be repeated.

Why does the eyelid droop?

The skin in the eyelid start to droop naturally due to aging and the effect of gravity. Some problems such as sagging, loosening, color change and fine wrinkles emerge in the drooping eyelid. Besides these, if the person is exposed to sun and air pollution, if he/she consumes alcohol and smokes, the effect of aging around the eye accelerates.  Genetic factors also play an important part in eyelid drooping. Some people may have low or drooped eyelid due to genetic factors. In such cases, it is hard for women to wear eye make up and their face always look sulkily.  Thanks to the cosmetic eyelid surgery, you can permanently get rid of these effects and have younger and tighter eyelids.

At what age is cosmetic eye surgery is recommended?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery can be made from the beginning of the aging process. Most of patients who want to have a cosmetic eyelid surgery are aged 35 and over. However, because some people genetically have drooping eyelid, it can also be made at earlier ages.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery does not stop aging. It gives a young and healthier look to your eyes for 7-8 years. Over time, your eyelids may naturally start to form wrinkles and droop again. To increase the effect of the cosmetic eyelid surgery and to obtain longer lasting results, you can have botox or threadlift for your eyes once in 6 months.

How is cosmetic eyelid surgery made?

The procedure is applied by removing the excess skin and fat in the lower and upper eyelids. The right amount of the removed tissue is a factor directly affecting the patient’s look. It is very important that the surgeon is a specialist in the field. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is made under local anesthesia. The incision for the upper eyelid is made from the area below the folding part of the eyelid. For this reason, no scar is seen when the eye is open. In the lower eyelid, on the other hand, no scar is seen with an incision right below the eyelashes.  Eyelids are the area where the least scar is left. Before the cosmetic eyelid surgery, the other problems affecting the eyelid functions are pretty important.

What must be paid attention to in the cosmetic eyelid surgery?

The problems such as eyelid drooping or looseness must also be solved during the procedure. Otherwise, complaints such as position disruption or watery eyes may develop after the operation. Cosmetic eyelid surgeries take 1.5-2 hours on average. This period may be longer with the other procedures to be applied depending on the patient’s problem. It is not a painful procedure. Slight pains to be felt after the eyelid surgery can be taken under control with the prescribed painkillers.

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What are waiting for me after the cosmetic eyelid surgery?

The patient will feel tightness and swelling after the operation. The swelling will recover almost 2 weeks later. The sutures will be removed 3-4 days after the operation. After the removal of the sutures, the swelling and bruise in the eyelid and the area surrounding it will gradually disappear. You can rapidly get back to your everyday life and will be able to perform your daily activities far more easily. After the operation, you need to avoid daily activities for 3-5 days and heavy activities to challenge you for 3 weeks. It is very important to avoid bending, lifting and heavy sport exercises as they lead to an increase in the blood pressure.

Does the operation leave any scar?

Scars of the cosmetic eyelid surgery are hidden between the natural folds of the eyelid. Thus, a person making an eye contact with you cannot easily see the surgery scars. The cosmetic upper eyelid surgery is made by making an incision into the natural folds of the eyelid. Thanks to this incision, fat accumulations are cleaned, eyelid is reshaped, muscles are tightened, excess skin is removed and drooping is eliminated.

Scar of the lower eyelid surgery, on the other hand, is hidden right below the eyelash line. Thanks to the incision made from right below the eyelash line, drooping skin there is removed and the lower eyelid is cleaned from accumulated excess fat. After the cosmetic eyelid surgery, you should not rub your eyes and protect the incision sites against blows.

Which problems can we solve with cosmetic eyelid surgery?

With the drooping eyelid, the natural and aesthetic look of the eye spoils. At the same time, the act of seeing becomes hard and the skin looks saggier. Fat accumulations in the form of swelling can also be seen in some patients’ eyelids. These fat accumulations are removed with the cosmetic eyelid surgery and a smoother look is given to the eyelid.

The most frequently observed problems in the lower eyelid are excess skin and fine wrinkles. In the eyelid surgery, fine lines are tightened and a tighter look is given to the lower eyelid. In the cosmetic eyelid surgery, patients’ excess skin and bags are treated and a healthier eye look is obtained.

Post-operative recovery period

You will not feel hard pain after the eyelid surgery and slight pains can be taken under control with prescribed painkillers. The patient will definitely feel tightness and swelling after the operation. Post-operative complaints will be solved approximately 2 weeks later. Sutures will be removed 5-7 days later, and then swelling and bruises will gradually disappear.  The patient can immediately get back to his/her everyday life after the surgery. After the sutures are removed, you will be able to perform everyday activities more easily. It is very important to avoid bending, lifting and heavy sport exercises for 1 week following the operation, as they would increase the blood pressure.

How much do cosmetic eyelid surgeries cost?

For Ministry of Health-accredited centers, it is not legal to specify prices on their website.  Therefore, please dial 0212 241 46 24 to contact our polyclinic and get information on our Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery prices.