Eyelid Surgery

We are all exposed to aging and gravity. The appearance of our eyes naturally changes over time. However, there is an excellent treatment that can rewind the time for your eyes: Eyelid surgery.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery (also known as Blepharoplasty) can be performed on lower eyelids, upper eyelids, or both. Through blepharoplasty, you can get rid of droopy or baggy appearance on the upper eyelids, the excess skin on the upper eyelids that can block the peripheral vision, excess skin on the lower eyelids, and the under-eye bags. While lower eyelid surgery is purely cosmetic, upper eyelid surgery can also improve the peripheral vision.

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Problems & Solutions

Cosmetic eyelid surgeries are able to solve multiple problems related to eyelids. There are different parts of the surgery that are treating different problems. There are also different approaches for different needs.

Bags under my lower eyelids are seriously upsetting me.

With aging, some tissues including the muscles inside your lower eyelid weakens. As a result, the fat inside...

My upper eyelid skin is sagging and blocking my peripheral vision.

This is a common problem. With aging, the skin of upper eyelids can stretch. This excess skin sags and...

My droopy upper eyelids make me look much older than I am.

Changes related to the eyes are strong indicators of aging. Droopy upper eyelids are a very common...

Both of my upper and lower eyelids look puffy. I look tired.

Both of my upper and lower eyelids look puffy. I look tired.

I have sagging eyelids, drooping brows, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.

Upper and lower eyelid surgeries can treat the problem of excess skin, successfully. However, you need...

I like my upper eyelids, but I am not happy with my lower eyelids. Then what?

There are 2 kinds of cosmetic eyelid surgeries: upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery. If you need...

I have bags under my eyes, but my eyelids don’t have excess skin.

This is more common for younger patients and provides the possibility of another approach. If you have a...

Testimonials

Experience speaks for itself! Hear out what our patients have said:

I realized I was spending a lot of time putting on make up to mask the signs of aging, but my eyes were still looking old and tired. I wanted to look younger and more energetic, just like my soul which didn’t age a bit in contrast to my face. The result is much better than I anticipated. I don’t only look younger, but I also feel much younger than before!
Polly Florence Eyelid Surgery
I thought I had to read and do too many things, before and after my surgery. I thought it was my responsibility to know what I should do regarding preparation, recovery, and all the paperwork. But I was wrong. They did everything for me. And for the things I need to do, they told me exactly what I should do. Best clinic ever!
Linda Olsson Eyelid Surgery

Why Clineca?

At Clineca, we take everything seriously. We understand how important the results are for you. We care about your health and comfort as much as you do. From beginning to end, we inform you, guide you, serve you, and help you.

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Fully Equipped Hospitals

Surgeries are performed in prestigious fully equipped hospitals in which doctors from all specialties are present.

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Free Consultation

We provide free online consultation with highly experienced surgeons through video chat.

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Ensured Performance

We cooperate with the surgeons who perform a limited number of surgeries each week to ensure the best results.

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7/24 Support

You can contact our agents 7 days 24 hours for your questions or support.

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5-Star Hotels

We provide you with special discounts in luxurious hotels in the vicinity of the hospital. Your comfort is very important to us.

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VIP Transportation

We provide, via VIP vehicles, airport transfer and transportation between your hotel and the hospital before and after the surgery.

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Wellbeing Assistance

As Clineca, we will provide you with patient accompaniment, who will visit you every day in your hotel room during resting period to examine you and provide medical assistance if needed.

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No Hidden Costs

The price includes fees of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, operating room expenses, anesthesia, hospitalization, standard tests, medications and medical visits by a nurse.

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All-Inclusive

The price includes hotel accommodation (including breakfast), airport transfer, transportation between hotel and hospital before and after the surgery.

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Optional Services & Products

Interpreter service, BBL pillow, neck pillow (rhinoplasty), eye mask (rhinoplasty), voltage converter, and others that will enhance your comfort and satisfaction.

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Why Turkey?

Turkey is a leading player in medical tourism, and Istanbul, which is an extremely beautiful touristic city, is the plastic surgery capital of Turkey.

Step by Step Experience for International Patients

Clineca has a holistic approach. We believe that everything should be right for a satisfactory cosmetic surgery experience, including your days in İstanbul. That is why we plan every detail of your journey.

Knowing Each Other

Shortly after you fill the form, one of our agents will contact you. They will listen to you, ask you questions, and answer yours. They will inform you about the whole experience, in detail. If you want to go further, they will arrange an online consultation for you.

Online Consultation

You will have an online consultation with your surgeon through video chat. They will perform an online examination, listen to you about your wishes, and will provide you with in-depth information. They will help you to choose what the best approach to your case is.

Planning

We'll plan your whole journey, including the date of your surgery and where you'll stay at while you’re in Istanbul. We'll inform you about everything you need to know from what to have in your suitcase to what to do before your procedure.

Landing

Our VIP transportation vehicle will be ready at the airport before you land. The driver will be waiting for you. We'll drive you to the hospital. At the hospital, we will perform required blood tests and the COVID test. Then, we will take you to your hotel.

Examination & Surgery

The next morning, we will take you from your hotel to the hospital. Your surgeon will examine and inform you about the procedure. On the same day, you will have the surgery. You will stay at the hospital 1-2 day(s), depending on the procedure.

Resting & Recovering

After your stay at the hospital, we will drive you to your hotel. You will rest and recover at your hotel room during the following week. A wellbeing assistant will visit you every day to inform you, to examine, and to provide medical care.

Entertainment

We will gladly and proudly show you around our beautiful city. We will be more than happy to provide you with professional guidance in historical sightseeing. You can also learn from us where you can find anything from shopping to entertainment.

Follow-Up & Leaving

We will take you for your 1-week follow-up with your surgeon. They will examine you, remove your bandages if required, and inform you about what you should/shouldn’t do during your recovery period, in detail. Afterwards, we will drive you to the airport.

Recovery Period

During your recovery, we will be in touch. We will inform you, check on you, and answer your questions. You can reach us 7 days 24 hours. We will expect you to send photos periodically to follow your recovery period.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

It is not hard to be eligible for an eyelid surgery. If you are reading this, you are probably a candidate!

Like for all cosmetic surgeries, the first requirement to be eligible for an eyelid surgery is to be healthy. If you are healthy and don’t have any condition that may impair healing after the surgery, there is no obstacle for your surgery. The second requirement is that you have realistic expectations. If you understand the procedure and its expected results, then you are a candidate for this procedure.

You may have an upper eyelid surgery, a lower eyelid surgery, or both. The upper eyelid surgery is both cosmetic and therapeutic, while the lower eyelid surgery is purely cosmetic. The problems that can be solved through an upper eyelid surgery are baggy or droopy appearance on the upper eyelids and the excess skin of them. The problems that can be solved through a lower eyelid surgery are the excess skin of the lower eyelids and the bags under them. An experienced surgeon can achieve amazing results which will both satisfy your expectations and look totally natural.

  • If you have undesirable excess skin on either eyelids
  • If your droopy upper eyelid affects your vision
  • If your upper eyelids are puffy
  • If there are bags under your eyes because of excess skin on the lower eyelid
  • If you have realistic expectations
  • If you are healthy and have no serious eye conditions

Children are able to have otoplasty when the ears are almost fully grown, and the ear cartilage complete its development and is stable enough for correction.

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What are the Expected Outcomes of Eyelid Surgery?

The outcomes of blepharoplasty can be analyzed in three main categories: aesthetical, health-related, and psychological.

Aesthetical Outcomes

Your eyelids determine how your eyes look like, and the way your eyes look like determines how you are perceived by the others. The appearance of your eyelids has a tremendous effect on your facial aesthetics. Upper and lower eyelid surgeries can significantly rewind the effects of aging and gravity. With an upper eyelid surgery, you can get rid of baggy or droopy appearance on your upper eyelids and the excess skin of them which interferes with your peripheral vision. With a lower eyelid surgery, you can get rid of the excess skin of your lower eyelids and the bags under them.

Health-related Outcomes

Lower eyelid surgery is done just for cosmetic reasons. However, upper eyelid surgery has an important health benefit, in addition to its cosmetic benefits. It is very common that with aging, sagging on the upper eyelids develop. This excess skin can block your peripheral vision. In addition to the psychological distress caused by this, which is also dangerous, especially when you are in the traffic. An upper eyelid surgery can easily remove the excess skin and give you your uninterrupted peripheral vision back.

Psychological Outcomes

The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. The eyes are the focus of attention. They are the most prominent feature on our faces. If you don’t like the way your eyes look, you won’t want others to look you in the eye. If you think the appearance of your eyes make you look older, you may not want to look in the mirror. Fortunately, eyelid surgeries achieve amazing result when done by an experienced and talented plastic surgeon. Elimination of problems related to the appearance of your eyes can lead to significant psychological and social improvements.

How is the Eyelid Surgery Done?

Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to change the appearance of upper, lower, or both eyelids.

Anesthesia

Like all kinds of surgery, blepharoplasty requires anesthesia. Usually, in the eyelid surgery, local anesthesia combined with sedation is used. Local anesthesia will be applied on your eyelids. You will be awake but sedated during the procedure.

Surgery

There are 2 different cosmetic eyelid surgeries: the upper eyelid surgery and the lower eyelid surgery. You can have one, or both. If you are having both, your surgeon will first work on the upper eyelids. All the incisions will be made carefully so that they will be concealed within the natural folds and creases of your eyelids. The surgery takes around 2 hours if both upper and lower eyelids are done. There is also a functional eyelid surgery: ptosis, which is a condition where the upper eyelid droops, repair. *1 It can be done in combination with your cosmetic eyelid surgeries.

Procedures

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Your surgeon will make an incision on the natural crease of your upper eyelid. They will remove excess skin and muscles and remove or relocate fats inside your upper eyelid. *2 Then they will repeat the same procedure for your other upper eyelid.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Your surgeon will make an incision below the lash line of your lower eyelid (or inside your lower eyelid). They will remove excess skin and muscle and remove or relocate fat inside your lower eyelid (if the incision is made inside the eyelid, no skin is removed). Then they will repeat the same procedure for your other upper eyelid.

Risks and Complications*4

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a widely performed operation, thus the risks are minimized. But as with any other surgery, especially if done by inexperienced surgeons, there can be some complications such as:

  • Bruising is not a complication, but an expected side effect. However, excessive bruising can prolong the recovery, cause infections and skin pigmentation. To minimize the bruising, the patient can avoid taking anticoagulants, apply ice-compress, and when lying down, keep their head elevated.
  • Wound opening: The stitches may break if you are a restless sleeper, or sustain even a minor postoperative trauma, or if the wound gets infected. Thus, it is important to be careful during the recovery.
  • Scar Abnormalities: The positioning of the scar, if done incorrectly and is not in the crease, may result in an abnormal and perhaps even asymmetrical look.
  • Overcorrection: If too much skin is excised, the result will not be what was hoped for.
  • Asymmetry: Each eye can have good results but may not be asymmetrical.
  • Ptosis: Of a varying degree, it is expected. Any experienced surgeon wouldn’t be alarmed. Postoperative ptosis can be problematic if your choice of surgeon is inexperienced.
  • Problems with blinking: Due to swelling after the surgery, this is a common side effect. It can cause discomfort, dry eyes and overflow of tears, but it will pass as the swelling subsides.
  • Double-vision: This is an extremely rare complication, but still a known complication. With experienced surgeons, this is not an issue to be worried about.
  • Eye injury: Yet again, if the surgeon is inexperienced and perform the surgery too close to the eyeball, they can injure the eye. The only risk is not an inexperience surgeon, though. If you have protruding eyes, such as in the thyroid eye disease, that can also be a risk factor for eye injury.
  • Hemorrhage in eye: this is a very rare, but very important complication, as it can cause vision loss. If recognized early, and responded rapidly, treatment is possible without any vision loss occurring. Unfortunately, treatment beyond 1 to 6 hours of total or near-total vision loss is unlikely to be effective.
  • Pigmentation: Postoperative hyperpigmentation can occur because of a hematoma, or excess sun exposure.

What To Expect During A Eyelid Surgery Recovery?

The First Week

After the surgery, there will be stitches on your eyelids for up to a week. Right after the surgery, ointment will be applied on your eyes to prevent them from drying. Your eyes may also be covered with gauze. You may temporarily experience blurred vision, light sensitivity, dry or watering eyes, swelling, and bruising. You may also experience some pain or discomfort. The pain can be easily controlled by painkillers that your surgeon will prescribe to you.

It is important to avoid strenuous activities and exercises for 2-4 weeks. Because they can increase blood flow to your eyes. You should also be careful about daily activities that can increase the pressure in your head, such as lifting heavy objects, bending, or lying on your back without keeping your head elevated.

Later

The swelling and bruising are gone within one to two weeks. *3 Then, you will feel ready to go outside and have fun! The recovery time for eyelid surgeries is very short! However, the scars can take several months to fade. You should not expose your eyelid skin to too much sunlight until the healing process is fully complete.

Guidance & Support

A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.

Quote from the Doctor

“A natural and youthful appearance is what we seek through eyelid surgeries. We are not looking for artificial looks. We unleash your natural beauty and energy by removing the effects of time.”

What to Do Before Eyelid Surgery?

During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. They will also conduct a physical examination. Your surgeon will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.

Instructions

Most important instructions include,

  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) for 2 weeks before the procedure.
  • Avoid herbal remedies and supplements
  • Take only the medications approved by your surgeon.

What to Do After Eyelid Surgery?

What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:

  • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications after the surgery until your surgeon approves using them.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for a week. You should avoid highly strenuous activities like weight-lifting for a month.
  • Use ice packs on your eyes according to your surgeon’s instructions.
  • Clean your eyes gently and use the medications prescribed by your surgeon.
  • Do not use contact lenses for 2 weeks.
  • Raise your head higher than your chest while you are resting in bed for a few days.
  • Apply cool compresses according to your surgeon’s instructions.
  • Love yourself and show the world how beautiful you are!

Quote from the Doctor

“An upper eyelid surgery is not only a cosmetic procedure. We can remove the excess skin of the upper eyelids that can block the peripheral vision. So you not only look better, you will also see better!”

FAQ

We know you have many questions. Having realistic expectations and deciding to have a cosmetic surgery requires information. Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about eyelid surgery.

Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery. There are 2 types of cosmetic eye surgeries: upper and lower eyelid surgeries. In these surgeries, muscle and excess skin is trimmed, the excess fat is removed or redistributed in order to obtain a youthful appearance.
The lower eyelid surgery is purely cosmetic. However, upper eyelid surgery has an important health benefit in addition to its cosmetic benefits. An upper eyelid surgery can restore your peripheral vision that may have been restricted due to excess skin on the upper eyelid.
If both the upper and lower eyelid procedures are performed, the surgery takes around 2 hours. However, depending on the case, it may take more or less.
The stitches in your eyelids will be removed a week after the procedure, and the bruises and swelling will disappear after around 2 weeks. However, complete healing of the scars may take a few months.
After the surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, discomfort, and some pain. You may also experience blurred vision, light sensitivity, dry or watering eyes after the surgery, but all side effects are temporary.
In most cases, no bandages are needed after cosmetic eyelid surgeries. However, rarely, gauzes may be placed over the eyes temporarily.
We will expect you to be in our clinic 1 week after the surgery, before you leave İstanbul. In this follow-up meeting, your surgeon will examine you and your stitches will be removed.
During the surgery, your surgeon will make incisions in the natural creases of the eyelids. They will remove the excess skin and muscles and either remove or redistribute the fat. The surgery is done using local anesthesia with sedation.
In every surgery, there are scars. However, small incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelids in the eyelid surgeries. Therefore, the scars are concealed and eventually fade away after a few months.
There are no strict age requirements for blepharoplasty. The need for eyelid surgeries usually appear with age. However, some people are genetically more prone to have problems with their eye area.
No. Eyelid surgeries do not treat the crow’s feet. However, procedures like laser resurfacing can help to get rid of the crow’s feet, and they can be combined with the eyelid surgery, so you won’t need two separate surgeries to address all your eye area problems.
Compared to most of the other plastic surgeries, the result of eyelid surgeries become quickly apparent. The swelling and bruising will be gone in 1-2 weeks. When they do, you will be able to see your result.
Through blepharoplasty, you can get rid of droopy or baggy appearance on upper eyelids, the excess skin of the upper eyelids that can block the peripheral vision, excess skin of the lower eyelids, and the bags under your eyes.
In eyelid surgeries, local anesthesia with sedation is used. During the procedure, you will be conscious but sleepy.
If you are healthy, have realistic expectations and have problems like droopy or baggy upper eyelids, excess skin on the upper or lower eyelids, or have bags under your eyes, then you are a good candidate.
Because of the anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the surgery. After the surgery, it is normal to experience some pain and discomfort for a few days. However, this pain can be easily controlled by pain medication your surgeon will prescribe to you.
Yes, definitely. There is no sex requirement for blepharoplasty. As a matter of fact, a significant number of men choose to have eyelid surgeries each year.
Although the eyelid surgeries rewind the effects of aging, they cannot stop the aging process. So, your eyes will continue to age naturally. However, the result of the procedure is long-lasting.
You will be ready to go back to work in just a few days. However, it will take more for your bruising and swelling to disappear. If you want to look “normal” when you go back to work, you should wait 2 weeks.
You should avoid wearing your contact lenses for at least two weeks after your eyelid surgery. After this period, it is safe to wear them.

Problems & Solutions

Cosmetic eyelid surgeries are able to address a variety of problems in the eye area. There are different approaches for addressing different problems and needs. You can find solutions to some of these problems below:

With aging, some tissues including the muscles inside your lower eyelid weakens. As a result, the fat inside the lower eyelid moves down and form a baggy appearance. To treat this problem, a lower eyelid surgery is required. During the procedure, your surgeon will redistribute or remove the fat to make the baggy appearance disappear.
This is a common problem. With aging, the skin of the upper eyelids lose firmness and begin to sag. The sagging excess skin blocks the peripheral vision. In addition to the aesthetical concerns, this is also a health problem. Peripheral vision is important. A blocked peripheral vision is distressing, and can be dangerous. This problem can be treated with upper eyelid surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove excess skin and restore your peripheral vision.
Changes related to the eyes are strong indicators of aging. Droopy upper eyelids are a very common problem. Aging-related changes on the skin, fat, and muscles of the upper eyelids may cause a droopy or baggy appearance. You may feel like you look older or that you look tired. But don’t worry! Baggy or droopy appearance of upper eyelids are easily treated with an upper eyelid surgery. You will want to be seen and will not be afraid to look in the mirror!
Fat inside the upper and lower eyelids may make them look puffy. This is a common complaint. Fortunately, this problem can be easily solved with the upper and lower eyelid surgeries. During the surgery, your surgeon may redistribute the fat inside your eyelids or remove some part of it. After the procedure, you will both look and feel more energetic.
Upper and lower eyelid surgeries can treat the problem of excess skin, successfully. However, you need other treatments for the other problems. The laser resurfacing is a popular treatment that can improve crow’s feet, and fine lines on your face. If you have a more serious case of wrinkles, then you can have a brow lift or a face lift. Different procedures can be combined to achieve the best result.
There are 2 kinds of cosmetic eyelid surgeries: upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery. If you need both of them, you can have both during the same surgery. However, if you need only one of them, this is also fine. You can have only the one you need.
This is more common for younger patients and provides the possibility for another approach. If you have a good muscle and skin tone in your eyelids and your only problem is the excess fat, then your lower eyelid surgery can be done via the transconjunctival blepharoplasty method. In this method, no skin is removed, and the incision is made inside the lower eyelids, resulting in no visible scar.
References

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2. Bhattacharjee, K., Misra, D. K., & Deori, N. (2017). Updates on upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Indian journal of ophthalmology, 65(7), 551–558. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijo.IJO_540_17

3. Olds, C., & Most, S. P. (2019). Upper Blepharoplasty. JAMA, 321(13), 1320. https://doi.org/doi:10.1001/jama.2019.1957

4. Oestreicher, J., & Mehta, S. (2012). Complications of blepharoplasty: prevention and management. Plastic surgery international, 2012, 252368. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/252368