Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery abroad

Eyelid surgery, often referred to as blepharoplasty is a strand of both ophthalmology and plastic surgery that attends to conditions, deformities, and aesthetics of the eyelid. Eyelid surgery is often performed when the skin of the upper eyelid takes on a heavy, aged appearance, with a buildup of excess fat which can often impair vision - upper blepharoplasty can reverse this process, with skin and fat removed to restore good vision and reduce the aged appearance of the eyelids.

Lower blepharoplasty, on the other hand, refers to the correction of defects in the lower eyelid. This is often performed to address the drooping, sagging, and wrinkling of skin around the eyelid. Excess skin and fat is removed to lift or tighten the lower eyelid.

A third form of blepharoplasty is known as double eyelid surgery, sometimes referred to as asian eyelid surgery or the westernization of the eyelid. This reshapes the eyelid by creating a fold, or crease, per eyelid. A blepharoplasty procedure is fairly straightforward and will take anywhere between one and 3 hours, though most take no longer than 2 hours. Blepharoplasty is performed under either local or general anaesthesia, depending on the extent of the surgery, the condition of the patient, and the personal preferences of the patient. A surgeon will make a small incision into the skin of the eyelid and remove excess fat and tissue. The skin will then be stitched up.

Where can I find eyelid surgery abroad?

Ophthalmology clinics in Spain are well-known for their expertise when it comes to eyelid surgery and boast a number of internationally-recognized specialists in the field. Ophthalmology clinics in Mexico regularly receive medical tourists from North America due to the affordability of their services when compared to specialist clinics in the US. Plastic surgery clinics in Thailand attract tourists from all over the world who wish to combine their cosmetic treatment with an enjoyable holiday.,

Cost of Eyelid Surgery around world

# Country Average Cost Starting Cost Highest Cost
1 India $700 $700 $700

What affects the final cost of Eyelid Surgery?

There are many factors that can affect the costs

  • Types of Surgery performed
  • Experience of the surgeon
  • Choice of hospital & Technology
  • Rehabilitation cost after surgery
  • Insurance Coverage can affect a person's out of pocket expenses

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About Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty or an eye lift, is a surgery performed to remove bagginess and puffiness from lower eyelids, and droopiness from upper eyelids. It is commonly performed as a cosmetic procedure, but may also be necessary for patients who have obstructed vision due to drooping upper lids. The doctor will usually make a small incision in the upper eyelid or beneath the lower eyelid, in order to remove excess skin and/or fat from the area.

Recommended for Rejuvenating the facial appearance Droopy upper lids Removing bags under the eyes Time requirements Number of days in hospital 1 - 3 days . Sometimes patients stay in hospital for a few days, however, in many cases, no overnight stay is required. Average length of stay abroad 5 - 7 days. Patients may need a follow up appointment to check progress or get stitches removed. Surgical adjustments to the eyelids can correct drooping or create a more contoured effect. 

Before Procedure / Treatment

If a general anesthetic is administered, patients will usually be advised to stop eating and drinking around 12 hours before the procedure. Some clinics perform the surgery with a local anesthetic, in which case patients are awake for the procedure but the eye area is completely numb.

Patients who are awake throughout can usually leave the clinic the same day.,

How it Performed?

How the surgery is performed, will depend on whether the upper or lower eyelid is being treated. Upper eyelid surgery involves making an incision in the skin, through which skin and fat is removed. The site is then stitched together in the eyelid, creating what looks like a natural crease. Lower eyelid surgery involves an incision being made in the lower eyelash line, or on the inside of the lower lid, in order to avoid noticeable scarring, this incision is referred to as a transconjunctival incision.

Through the incision, fat can be either removed or added, depending on the desired result, and the incision is then closed. Sometimes the stitches need removing around one week after surgery, but the surgeon may use dissolvable stitches which are absorbed / broken down naturally by the body. Anesthesia Local anesthetic, local anesthetic and sedation or general anesthetic.

Procedure duration The Eyelid Surgery takes 1 to 3 hours. Incisions are made on the eyelid and excess fat is removed, reducing eye bags and puffiness and reshaping the eye area.,


Patients should keep the wound clean. It is recommended that someone accompanies the patient after the procedure, in case vision is temporarily impaired. Patients should avoid swimming and sun exposure.

Patients may need to return to the clinic after around one week to get stitches removed, or wait a couple of weeks for dissolvable stitches to become absorbed / broken down naturally.

Possible discomfort Bruising and swelling is usually worst on the day after surgery, but heals quickly. During the first 48 hours, the use of cool compresses can greatly reduce bruising and swelling around the eyes and face.,

Top 10 Hospitals for Eyelid Surgery

Following are the best 10 hospitals for Eyelid Surgery in the world:

# Hospital Country City Price
1 Fortis Escorts Heart Institute India New Delhi ---    
2 Thainakarin Hospital Thailand Bangkok ---    
3 Medipol Mega University Hospital Turkey Istanbul ---    
4 Gachon University Gil Medical Center South Korea Incheon ---    
5 American Heart of Poland Poland Bielsko-Biała ---    
6 Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital South Africa Johannesburg ---    
7 Hadassah Medical Center Israel Jerusalem ---    
8 Fortis Hospital Mulund India Mumbai ---    
9 National Taiwan University Hospital Taiwan Taipei ---    
10 Incheon St. Mary's Hospital South Korea Incheon ---    

Best doctors for Eyelid Surgery

Following are the best doctors for Eyelid Surgery in the world:

1 Dr. (Maj Gen) Avtar Singh Bath Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon BLK-MAX Super Specialty H...
2 Dr. Gokhan Gulkilik Ophthalmologist Medipol Mega University H...
3 Dr. Vipul Nanda Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon Artemis Hospital
4 Dr. Raghav Mantri Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon Max Super Specialty Hospi...
5 Dr. Charu Sharma Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon Fortis Memorial Research...
6 Dr. Rashmi Taneja Aesthetics and Plastic Surgeon Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dha...
7 Dr,. Prateek Arora Aesthetics and Plastic Surgeon Max Super Specialty Hospi...
8 Dr. Mridula Mehta Ophthalmologist Primus Super Specialty Ho...
9 Dr Mridula Mehta Ophthalmologist Primus Super Specialty Ho...

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common complication from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is dry eyes. This can occur if the surgeon removes too much skin, which results in problems with blinking. This can be corrected with reconstructive surgery involving a skin graft. On the lower eyelids, removal of too much skin can cause ectropion, which can cause the eyelid to fold over or turn outwards. This can result in significant damage to the eye and must be corrected. Conditions affecting vision after eyelid surgery are extremely rare.

Individual recovery times varies with each patient. On average, most of the healing occurs over a 2-week period and most patients can return to work by week 3. With post-surgery make-up, some patients return when the stitches are removed after 5 days (if stitches are used). Other patients may take as long as 4 weeks before they are able to return to work. If only skin is removed, most of the swelling and bruising will be gone in 3-5 days, however if fat is also removed then it can take 1-2 weeks to go down. Contact lenses may be worn again after 2 weeks. Sun protection around the eyes must be used for 6 months. Vision may be blurry for a few days after surgery due to swelling and medications applied during surgery.

Eyelid surgery is often performed under local anaesthetic and IV/oral sedation, meaning the area is numbed and the patient might be drowsy, but there is no pain. After surgery there is usually mild pain which is easily controlled with medication and should be gone in a few days.

The final results can be seen after 1-2 months of healing, although surgery will not stop the aging process and the shape of the eyelids will continue to change over time.

Surgery on the upper eyelids may be covered by insurance if there is a documented medical case of eyelid drooping or dermatothlasia, which is caused by excess skin on the upper eyelid and is a genetic condition. The condition must affect vision. A visual field test will be used to determine whether the surgery will correct your condition. Your doctor can tell you if your case qualifies as a medical necessity. Insurance will not cover surgery on the lower eyelid in cases where the surgery is considered cosmetic. Can eyelid surgery change my eyes' shape? The shape of the eyes will change with eyelid surgery, but there are other procedures that are specifically designed to change the shape of the eye which may give you the results you are looking for.

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