Surgery: Lower Eyelid Surgery (Lower Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery)
A lower eyelid surgery will remove excess skin and fat in the lower eyelids which appear as bulges and make you look tired.
The incisions will depend upon the surgeon’s technique but generally will be below the eyelashes.
Apart from the creases and wrinkles on any excess skin removed, this procedure won’t correct other wrinkles in the lower eye area. These may be improved by laser resurfacing or chemical peels.
Lower Eyelid Surgery cannot be performed at the same time as laser resurfacing, chemical peels or LASIK vision correction.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How old do I have to be to have this surgery?
You must be at least 20 years of age to have elective surgery in Thailand. Patients under the age of 20 years need to provide a signed Consent Form from their parent/guardian if the surgeon accepts the case.
How soon can I have this surgery?
We can secure priority appointments for our clients subject to the surgeon’s availability. However it is best to request an appointment well in advance so that the surgeon can advise you about the steps to take before coming for surgery.
How long does the operation take and will I be asleep?
This procedure takes 1 ½ - 3 ½ hours for upper or lower eyelid surgery or 3 – 4 hours for both upper and lower eyelid surgery. This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic.
Where will the incisions be?
The incisions will placed following the natural contours of the eyes. They may extend 1cm or more from the outside of the eye.
Will there be scaring?
Scaring will be present where the incisions were made. These may fade to fine lines or may remain obvious after healing is completed. How your scars will appear depends on how your body heals.
How long will I be in hospital?
This is an outpatient procedure as doesn’t require admission.
How long do I have to stay in Thailand?
The surgeon usually recommends a stay of at least 10 nights after surgery. This is to allow you time to recover and to have a follow up consultation with the surgeon and removal of sutures. The surgeon may change the recommended time overseas based on age, medical conditions or where more than one surgery is being performed.
Why can’t I leave sooner?
For your own safety you should observe the recommendation. To leave sooner would present an unnecessary risk. If you cannot stay the recommended time it is best not to have surgery overseas.
Will I have a consultation with the surgeon before surgery?
Yes, the surgeon will examine you and discuss the procedure with you before your surgery. He will answer any questions you may have
What are the risks associated with an eyelid surgery?
There are always risks in having surgery. This applies whether you have surgery overseas or at home. Risks can include unfavourable scarring, temporarily blurred or impaired vision, dry eyes, difficulty closing your eyes, lid lag (usually a pulling down of the lower eyelid but is often temporary), Ectropion (outward folding of the eyelid), bleeding or hematoma, poor wound healing, infection, fluid accumulation, numbness and other changes in skin sensation, pain which may persist, skin discoloration and swelling, possibility of revisional surgery and risks associated with anaesthesia. Smokers may experience a delay the healing process and are at a higher risk of complications. Please talk to the surgeon about all of the risks before proceeding with surgery.
How should I prepare for surgery?
When we have your case assessed by the surgeon before you travel overseas, you may be given some specific instructions by the plastic surgeon about preparing for surgery. Generally, you will be asked to stop some medications and all vitamin supplements, alcohol and smoking. You must not stop any prescription medications without first consulting your prescribing physician or instruction from the surgeon.
What should I do after surgery?
The surgeon will provide post-operative care instructions after surgery which may include wearing a compression garment. Exercise, strenuous activities and dental treatment after neck lift surgery is not recommended. Stretching the skin can cause scarring.
When can I start exercising?
Usually exercise and normal physical activities can resume in about 6-8 weeks after surgery however please ask your surgeon about this as it can vary from case to case.
How much does this surgery cost?
How can I get a surgeons opinion before travelling overseas?
To get a free surgeons opinion and estimate for this surgery please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here
Can I see before and after photos?
Due to privacy laws, before and after photos are not available online. The surgeon may provide these to you once you have your case reviewed. To have a free review of your case please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here
Can I talk to a past patient?
Yes, many of our clients are very happy to talk to others that are planning surgery through Stunning Makeovers. Before we can put you in touch, please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here.
When I contacted Stunning Makeovers from their website with an enquiry they responded more promptly than the other company I approached.
The surgeon was good. His actual surgical work seems great; I'm happy with the results so far.
The nursing staff were very friendly and competent. The hospital's service was great, always very organized and fast with great facilities; very clean and modern. Overall a good experience - the international patient care team were especially helpful.
I would recommend Stunning Makeovers to others consideringit was cosmetic surgery in a foreign country. Organizing it was a fairly easy and stress-free process through Stunning Makeovers.