A blepharoplasty, or eye lift, is a surgical procedure that makes the eyes look more refreshed, awake, large, and youthful. A blepharoplasty can address the upper eyelid (just below the eyebrow), the lower eyelid (the part that looks puffy when you have bags under your eyes), or both. Blepharoplasty is one of the top five most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in Turkey.
A blepharoplasty can fix any or all of the following problems:
Determining your candidacy for any surgery requires an in-person consultation with Dr. Resat, which will include an examination of your eyes and face, as well as a review of your medical history and specific concerns. In general, healthy patients without major ophthalmologic issues are the best candidates for surgery.
If you have recently had lasik, cataract surgery, or another ophthalmologic procedure, you must wait 6 months before having a blepharoplasty. If you have dry, itchy eyes, it is likely that you will continue to have dry eyes after surgery. If you have a face with a negative vector (slanted on profile), loose eyelid skin, or lax tissue, you may require an adjuctive maneuver such as a lateral canthopexy or canthoplasty. Fat grafting and fat repositioning may also be performed.
You may require a pre-operative evaluation by an ophthalmologist, depending on your eye history and the type of surgery Dr. Resat has planned.
A blepharoplasty (upper or lower, or both) is a short outpatient procedure. Dr. Resat performs blepharoplasties under sedation administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist, and she uses protective corneal shields to keep your eyes safe. The procedure is relatively painless.
All scars are either hidden inside the pink part of the eyelids or camouflaged along a skin crease. When you wake up, we will place an ice pack over your eyes for several minutes.
After surgery, you will be able to go home the same day, once you are feeling well. You may wear your eyeglasses immediately, but contacts should not be used for the first several days, while swelling subsides.
You may go about your normal activities, such as shopping, walking, reading, and even working 1-2 days after surgery. However, swelling and bruising typically do not go away for at least one week. Many patients like to wear sunglasses for the first few days after surgery, to camouflage this. Once your swelling and bruising subsides, you will notice a more refreshed, rested, and youthful appearance around your eyes.
To help our patients become well-informed about their medical decisions, we have provided answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about eyelid surgery.
We recognize that scars can be a significant concern for patients, and we are dedicated to providing natural-looking results without noticeable signs of treatment. With eyelid surgery, the incisions are placed in such a way as to minimize their appearance. For upper blepharoplasty, the incision typically is located within the natural crease of the eyelid. For lower blepharoplasty, the incision can be placed along the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The latter technique is known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty and is appropriate only for certain types of patients. Dr. Resat will help you determine which method is right for your needs and goals.
As long as you are 18 years old or above and in good general health, there is no specific age range that is best for eyelid surgery. However, most of our patients consider this procedure in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. In some cases, younger or older individuals can benefit from this technique if signs of aging or skin laxity become a concern earlier or later in life. Your unique characteristics and desired outcome will help us identify the ideal rejuvenation method for you.
Eyelid surgery is often an elective procedure, meaning it is not medically necessary. If your operation is strictly cosmetic, medical insurance will not cover the cost of treatment. However, if you are experiencing vision obstruction due to excessive upper eyelid skin, your insurance plan may provide coverage. The scope will vary from provider to provider, and the best way to find out if your health plan will help pay for your blepharoplasty is to speak with your insurance agent. Our physicians and medical team can also assist you in navigating the approval process if this circumstance applies to you.
While your first consideration should be recuperating as fully as possible, we understand you are excited to see the results and return to your normal routine. Most patients can go back to office work and other simple daily activities in a few days to a week. More demanding labor and strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks to a month to allow for optimal healing. Dr. Resat will provide more specific information during your initial consultation based on your lifestyle and treatment plan.
Blepharoplasty helps to rejuvenate the eyelids, creating a more youthful-looking appearance with lasting effects. That said, the natural aging process will continue. Most patients benefit for many years, sometimes as long as 10-15 years or more, depending on environmental factors and genetic influences. To help maintain your results, we recommend taking good care of your skin, staying out of harsh sunlight without protection, and considering non-surgical cosmetic enhancements that can be used to further preserve your outcome.