Do you look tired even though you’ve had a full night’s sleep? Have you noticed recently that your eyes don’t look as big as they used to? Or maybe your under eye bags now look like full sized luggage? If so, you may be on your way to getting droopy eyelids. Don’t worry – this is natural, it happens to all of us. In fact, some of us are born with droopy or saggy eyelids, this is just the hand our genes dealt us. If you weren’t born like that then your droopy eyes are a result of aging, time the merciless lord is moving on and leaving its mark on your eyes. The skin on eyelids is most often the first to go. It slowly starts losing its elasticity with the result that the eyelid starts to “sit” a little and the skin forms a fold over your lashes. The sad part is that this can happen as early as in your 30s or 40s, a time when old age seems like a distant speck on the horizon. Since eyes are the most prominent feature on one’s face, any change to them can drastically change your look – that’s why we have fifty different ways of applying eyeliner!
So what can you do? Answer: Eye Lift Blepharoplasty
Before you part with your hard earned doubloons in exchange for those anti-aging creams, know that they have limited, if any, impact over time. If you’re not happy with your tired droopy eyes or huge eye bags and want help controlling the aging, you might want to consider Blepharoplasty. You may not have heard the name before but chances are you’ve already seen or met someone who’s had it done (Notice Renee Zellwegger, anyone??). Eyelid surgery or procedure was the third most common cosmetic procedure performed in 2014.
Blepharoplasty can correct drooping eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle. It is a relatively low cost, low risk procedure, and can immediately give you a youthful look without going all the way to a facelift.
Who is a good candidate for an Eye Lift?
Adult men or women, who are otherwise healthy, have healthy facial tissue and muscle and do not have any major medical illness are good candidates. Non-smokers’ chances are better and a positive frame of mind with realistic goals for improvement of the eyelids and surrounding area is recommended.
Specifically Blepharoplasty can:
- Reduce puffiness in the upper eyelids and lower eyelids caused by excess fat
- Tauten loose skin that folds over the eyelid and changes the contour of the upper eyelid.
- Reduce bags under the eyes.
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles around eyes.
How do you go about getting it done?
First you consult a plastic surgeon. He will do the following:
- Examine your eyes and rule out any eye related illnesses such as glaucoma, dry eye, or detached retina.
- Ask you about your medical history such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or overactive thyroid.
- Determine the cause of your droopy eyes.
- Discuss with you your goals and expectations for this surgery. Decisions to be made include – whether to do all four eyelids or just upper or just lower; whether skin and fat will be removed or whether any additional procedures are appropriate.
- Explain all techniques to be used and risks and costs involved.
What to expect?
The surgery itself takes about one to three hours, depending on what is being done. Recovery can take several weeks and final results can show as the incisions heal. However, it can take up to a year for the complete eyelift to refine. As with all cosmetic procedures, constant sun protection can help maintain results.
What does it cost?
In Australia, it will set you back by $2,800. Now compare it to what it costs in Thailand – $920. Yes, you read that right. Of course, you’ll tack on travel charges but even then it won’t come close to what you’ll spend at home. Choose a good service provider and all logistics will be taken care of.
Blepharoplasty is an excellent, affordable cosmetic procedure to fix sagging eyelids. If you get it done in Thailand, cost and quality of care won’t be a deal-breaker; you’ll have some excellent sightseeing thrown in if you like.