Today we would like to talk about eye surgery, specifically Blepharoplasty or Eyelid surgery and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Many of our patients come to Ukraine for treatment and want to save time. That is to have several medical procedures in one visit.
One of the most popular procedures that we receive a lot of questions about is blepharoplasty. Patients ask: What is blepharoplasty and how can it help me?
Blepharoplasty is one of the most common procedures performed daily in ophthalmological clinics in Ukraine.
And about 20% of all foreign patients treated in Ukraine undergo blepharoplasty concomitantly with other medical procedures.
Prices for different types of blepharoplasty in Ukraine
|Lower blepharoplasty without anesthesia fee||274||(1 eyelid)|
|Circular Blepharoplasty without anaesthesia fee||483||(upper and lower eyelids)|
|Laser upper blepharoplasty without cost of anesthesia||274||(1 eyelid)|
|Laser circular Blepharoplasty without the cost of anesthesia||548||(upper and lower eyelid)|
|Upper blepharoplasty without cost of anesthesia||242||(1 eyelid)|
|Laser lower blepharoplasty without cost of anesthesia||322||(1 eyelid)|
Sutureless blepharoplasty upper blepharoplasty without cost of anesthesia
|Sutureless lower blepharoplasty without cost of anesthesia||403||(1 eyelid)|
|Sutureless blepharoplasty circumflex without cost of anesthesia||676||(upper and lower eyelid)|
*Prices are current as of early 2022
Blepharoplasty comes from the Greek words blepha - eyelid and plasty - change. Thus, literally, blepharoplasty means changing the shape of the eyelids.
Usually, when we talk about blepharoplasty, we are referring to surgery to improve your appearance. It can be caused by aging or a combination of aging and genetics - something you inherited from your parents.
If we look at upper eyelid surgery or upper blepharoplasty, the most common changes or symptoms you may notice in the upper eyelid is usually a combination of loose skin and drooping skin on the upper eyelid.
Sometimes this can also be joined by some of the fat that normally surrounds the eye, extending forward. This manifests as a bulge on the upper eyelid toward the nose. The combination of loose skin and fat protruding forward often gives the eyelids a more tired appearance.
As we mentioned, all changes are a combination of your aging as well as genetics, and, you know, some people will have more pronounced changes regardless of age, and some people will have less.
In the lower eyelid area it can be a little different, there is usually a fat pad there that protects the eyes. But as we age, some of that fat can move forward and create a bulge in the lower eyelid, which is often perceived as fatty bags and creates a more tired appearance. And often patients tell us that friends or co-workers ask if they are tired. Aren't you getting enough sleep? Or other questions related to the appearance of these changes.
And although mostly people attribute these changes to aging and fatigue. We've seen a lot of patients who are quite young, and even in their 20s, they've had bags often since their teens. And, of course, in these patients, it's not a manifestation of aging, but of genetics.
So, we've talked about some of the symptoms that can occur with eyelid changes.
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is to reshape the eyelid and rejuvenate your appearance. An upper blepharoplasty - involves removing a layer of loose skin. And if there are fat deposits, they will either be removed or relocated elsewhere in the eyelid.
In general, the principle of upper blepharoplasty is to smooth and reshape the upper eyelid and create a fresher look. And this contrasts with lower eyelid or lower blepharoplasty, where eyelid changes can be performed in two main ways.
Historically, the surgery is done through an incision in the skin, called transcutaneous surgery in medical jargon. Although this surgery is effective, it results in a scar and can change the shape of the eyelid.
A more modern method of surgery is surgery on the inside of the eyelid. In medical jargon, this is called a transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty.
And of course most experienced surgeons prefer this method for most patients because it avoids scarring on the lower eyelid and often has a very quick healing time without any of the drawbacks of the technique with scarring.
Nevertheless, in many parts of the world, this surgery is still less common than skin surgery.
So, we've talked a little bit about the changes that come with age. We've talked a little bit about the changes that can be improved with eyelid surgery. Other important things to consider are you and your overall health. There are certain factors of your health that can affect blepharoplasty.
These important factors include whether or not you have had laser refractive surgery in the past. Whether you have dry eyes, other factors such as glaucoma or thyroid disease. For most people, these factors will be less important, but for some patients they are very important.
And it is important for each patient to consider these and other medical criteria when considering blepharoplasty.
Another important factor is that everyone's eyelids are different. So when you look at your friends and family members. You will see big differences in the shape of their eyes, the size and quality of the skin around their eyes. And the eyes are very delicate, the skin around the eyes is less than a millimeter thick and does not hide even the slightest imperfection.
So it is very important to consider your ethnicity, the shape of your face, your special qualities when considering blepharoplasty.
So, to summarize, we hope this information has been helpful to you, we've talked about the different changes that can occur in terms of eyelid changes with age and genetics.
We talked about what blepharoplasty means and what the surgery involves. We also talked about how unique some of these factors are.
And while blepharoplasty is usually thought of as surgery that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids, there are many variations in the appearance of patients. Therefore, in order to truly change a patient's appearance for the better requires a case-by-case approach.
We recommend consulting with a specialist before seriously considering upper or lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
Although the list of contraindications for Eyelid surgery is not so long, it is worth to ask a professional opinion and to make sure that the surgery is safe for your eyesight and your general health.
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