Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery or eye lift, is a corrective surgery which removes the excess skin and fat from upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty does not change the form of your eyes. It can tighten loose skin around your eyes, though. As a result, you will have a more refreshed look.
Is Iran a right place for eyelid surgery?
If you're one of those who is bombarded by the big media and never has searched for the truth, traveling to Iran for surgery might be the last option you consider. This is because the media portray Iran as an unsafe country for travelers.
However, this is not true at all. Though located in the neighborhood of Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the country is as safe as many developed countries around the globe.
Speaking of quality, Iran is well-equipped with super-organized modern hospitals and clinics. The staffs are well-educated and a lot of the doctors have attended top western universities or at least have passed fellowships or specialized courses in those universities.
In the field of blepharoplasty, you can easily count on Iranian surgeons as this surgery is the 4th most frequently done surgery in Iran. Plus, some Iranian doctors are well-known across the world for the great work they had done to promote this area.
One example is Professor Mohsen Bahmani Kashkouli. Dr. Kashkouli has earned his fellowship in the field of Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery from the UK. He's been working as the vice president of Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) since 2012.
Furthermore, as the price is one of the deciding factors people take into account when getting surgery abroad, and Iran is ideal in this regard. With the low cost of living and low salaries, this country offers the most competitive prices to the patients without compromising on the quality of healthcare services. Learn more on the exact costs in section 'cost of eyelid surgery in Iran'.
When is eyelid surgery needed?
Eyelid surgery is chosen by thousands of people to improve the appearance of eyes. You can consider blepharoplasty if:
- You want to treat puffiness and bags under your eyes,
- You have droopy upper eyelids,
- Your droop eyelids impair your vision,
- You have excess skin and wrinkles in the lower eyelids, or
- You look older or tired due to deformities of the eyelids.
Eyelid surgery procedure in Iran
Blepharoplasty is done under either local or general anesthesia. The surgery lasts for about 1 hour. Depending on your condition, the surgery might be carried out on upper lids, lower lids, or both.
Your surgeon makes precise markings on your skin to determine where and how much excess skin needs to be removed. Tiny and delicate incisions are made in the upper (alongside the crease line) or lower eyelid (alongside the lower crease line or inside the lower eyelid). Then, the surgeon removes or relocates the excess skin or fat, tightens the muscle, and closes the incisions.
In order to achieve the best results, your surgeon may suggest you undergo a brow lift or a facelift at the same time.
Cost of eyelid surgery in Iran
Eyelid surgery in Iran is more affordable than anywhere in the world. You would pay something between $800 and $1,800 for an eyelid correction procedure in Iran depending on whether you want to have both upper and lower lids corrected and the doctor you choose. The same procedure, however, costs around $3,000-$5,000 or more in the US. It costs somewhere between $2,500-$6,500 in the UK.
Eyelid surgery recovery and after-care
You'll be recovered from an eye lift surgery within 10-14 days. During this period, you shall expect to see swelling and bruising. A cold compress can help the situation.
You may experience pain and discomfort for a few days after the surgery. Redness and dry eyes are also normal. Surgeons might prescribe eye drops to help.
For at least one week after the surgery, avoid wearing makeup or contact lenses. It will reduce the risk of infection and also helps reduce swelling. Incisions will also be healed within two weeks.
Eyelid surgery with laser
When the surgeon makes incisions using a laser to access the fat deposit above or under the eyes, the procedure is called 'laser blepharoplasty' or 'eyelid surgery with laser'. This procedure reduces the risk of scarring. However, laser damages the tissues around the eyes which remain intact in a regular eyelid lift. Patients experience less pain and bruising with laser blepharoplasty, although the swelling increases. By the way, your surgeon shall determine whether you better go with a laser eyelid surgery or a regular one.
Double eyelid surgery
People from East Asia are typically born with monolid eyes, i.e. without a crease in their upper lids. Double eyelid surgery, also known as 'East Asian blepharoplasty' or 'oriental eyelid surgery', aims at enhancing the appearance of upper lids in these people by creating an artificial crease.
There are two approaches surgeons may choose to go with, in order to create a crease in the upper eyelid. One involves an incision, while the other employs a non-incisional technique.
In the former procedure, a crease is created in the upper eyelid to give more alert looking eyes to the patients. To this end, the surgeon makes several incisions along the eyelid. A small portion of the skin and fat is removed. The incision is then closed.
While there may be some fat removal in this procedure, the procedure differs in nature from a regular blepharoplasty which is done on drooping eyelids.
In the latter procedure, the doctor makes a suture in the upper eyelid. Your skin is not cut. But, a fold/crease is made through sutures which are tied under the upper eyelid.
Double eyelid surgery is performed in Iran by some Iranian plastic surgeons. The cost of East Asian eye surgery in Iran is more reasonable than countries such as South Korea and Malaysia.
Eyelid surgery vs. ptosis surgery
Before talking about the difference, let us clarify what is ptosis and ptosis surgery. Ptosis refers to a drooping upper eyelid resulted from a muscle impair. This deformity is not a matter of aging or skin laxity. People are born with this condition.
Ptosis repair or surgery is the surgical procedure which corrects this deformity. In this process, the surgeon manipulates the muscle above the eyes.
While eyelid lift addresses both the upper and lower lids, the ptosis surgery only focuses on the upper lid. In a ptosis repair, the surgeon tightens the muscle above the eye to help the patient achieve a better sight. However, in eyelid surgery, the surgeon removes fat and skin from around the eyes.