Upper Eyelid Surgery



Upper Eyelid Surgery

Surgery: Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty)

An upper eyelid surgery will remove excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids resulting in a less tired look and heavy feel to the upper lids.

The incisions will depend upon the surgeon’s technique but generally will be in the normal fold of the lid and will usually extend out to the side by a centimetre or more.

Apart from the creases and wrinkles on any excess skin that is removed, this procedure won’t improve other wrinkles around the eyes. These may be improved by laser resurfacing or chemical peels.

Upper eyelid surgery cannot be performed at the same time as laser resurfacing, chemical peels or LASIK vision correction.


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?

To get a free estimate for this surgery please click here

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.



Annie S from Ashburton, New Zealand

Before leaving I found Stunning Makeovers service was really good, I was contacted several times and was able to have informal discussion as well as ask questions.

While overseas it was even better, Paul contacted me regularly and I was able to text him to request he ring me at any time during my stay. I had no problems but we touched base almost daily anyway.

After I came home again Paul contacted me regularly I was a bit tired and not the best at communicating at this time. I felt that this was understood by Paul and he gave me the space I needed but kept in touch via text and email.

My surgeon in Thailand also asked that I email him and let him know how things were going along with any questions or concerns I had. I felt this was a genuine outreach and really appreciated his readiness to follow up.

Never at any time did I feel like I was alone, uncared for or just another punter. I was given unfailing attention.

The doctor was absolutely lovely, he discussed my perceptions and expectations, he was totally honest with what could and couldn’t be done and he put absolutely no pressure on me whatsoever to have the procedures I had originally signed up for.

I decided against the tummy tuck at this time and he was not only understanding but also supportive of my decision. I really liked him.

The nursing staff were lovely, all smiley and kind, one even held my hand whilst I had eyelid surgery which was thoughtful.

The cars to and from the hospital were prompt.  The hospital was just state-of-the-art, top of the line. Hospital was fabulous.

I didn’t think it would take a month or more for my eyes to go back from being swollen. Now they are rested and back to normal…

I would you return for more surgery without a doubt. In fact I would still like to have the tummy tuck at a later date.

I would recommend Stunning Makeovers to others.

Brent W from Christchurch, New Zealand

I had heard of Stunning Makeovers through some type of advertising in the past and was very pleased with your service. Transfers were great and on time, hotel very nice and well located.

I am very pleased with what I had done. I am now 56 and have had people think I am in my early to mid-40s. No one in my family or friends picked up on anything being done. Thank you very much.

Laurelle H from

I am 100% satisfied with Stunning Makeover’s service. The nursing and support staff as well as the service and facilities were excellent.

I would absolutely return for more surgery/dental treatment and I would recommend Stunning Makeovers. From start to finish and in between the experience was brilliant.

Rita F from

I was impressed with the video I watched of you being interviewed by a television program hence choosing Stunning Makeovers.

The surgeon is very caring, listened to my concerns and was able to explain to me exactly what he could achieve for me. Nurses were very kind and gentle. They attended my every need and looked after me exceptionally well. The service is faultless; I can’t think of anything that I was not happy with. Furthermore, the hotel was great. The location was fantastic and we were able to get around the city easily by the BTS.  The hospital was very organized and the services provided even before surgery were unbelievable.

I was so impressed with how everything ran so smoothly beginning with the airport pickup, the transfers to the hospital, the interview with the surgeon, the care and attention from the nursing staff and everyone at the hospital.

I would return for more surgery/dental treatment as I am considering more dental work and maybe liposuction in the future.

I definitely would recommend Stunning Makeovers to others. The service provided was as promised, there were no hidden costs and the facilities chosen were great. 

I am very satisfied with Stunning Makeover’s services. Thank you again for making my dream come true. My results have been outstanding.  I am very pleased with the results and have had many compliments. 

Ian M from Auckland, New Zealand

Stunning Makeovers has a good reputation because they offer very good prices and attentive service as well as follow up.

The surgeon was very to the point and factual, nursing and support staff were all good and the facilities at the hospital were good and well-run!

I would return for more surgery and am happy to recommend Stunning Makeovers to others.  

Susan C from

The doctors were fantastic and very professional. The nursing and support staff, service along with the facilities 100%. Could not ever get that service here in Australia and I would know because I work in a hospital.

Everything was organised for me and went according to plan. No stress!

Definitely return for more surgery/dental treatment and I would highly recommend Stunning Makeovers as I have talked to other patients in Thailand that went through other companies which do not compare to Stunning Makeovers with such efficiency.

No company runs 100% service, but on this occasion I would say your company did! Just want to say thank you Paul for all your help and great service.


Rita F from

Surgery went extremely well and I am ecstatic with the results. Everything you organisedwent without a hitch. The hospital was great, the surgeon was fantastic and all the nurses who looked after me were so kind and beautiful.

I am very impressed with how everything was organised and I would definitely recommend your services. So thank you again for making my dream come true. 

Gail C from

The staff at Sea Smile have been great.  I have been 3 times so far and despite my morbid fear of dentists have found them to be pretty good.  I do need to come back next year so will definitely be booking with you again. May have two or three friends coming along as well.

I will certainly have a much improved smile that’s for sure.  It will end up costing me about 11 grand but it would have been 3 or 4 times that much in Australia.

Charlene from Auckland, New Zealand

It's amazing how much just one day of recovery makes! My partner has already finished with his consultations so he's been enjoying playing tourist. I get the last of the stitches out this morning then continue recovery.

We wanted to say that there are no words to express how grateful we are to have had Mary (group trip coordinator) beside us on our journey.  Having someone take away any added stress for us during an emotional and trying time has been incredibly and sincerely appreciated. Such a genuinely caring person is an asset for Stunning Makeovers. Thank You Paul

Glenn T from Tauranga, New Zealand

After researching other companies that offered the same service Stunning Makeovers were more professional and thorough with the whole process i.e. organising travel, requiring more information for the surgeon.

I am very satisfied with choosing Stunning Makeovers.

Having Mary (group trip coordinator) at the hospital helped reduce some anxious moments. It was also great being able to catch up with her at the hotel. She also provided support and helpful tips about where to go for shopping and eating.

The surgeon was very professional in his work. The nursing and support staff were professional and friendly. In particular, JR was very helpful and made sure I was well looked after. 

The hospital was clean and tidy and maintained to a professional standard.

I would return for more surgery/dental treatment.

Stunning Makeovers is a trusted business and has been offering this service for a number of years. Paul contacted  Charlene (partner also having surgery) a number of times to check everything was okay so provided a personal touch.

Charlene R from Tauranga, New Zealand

After doing extensive research on organisations which offered medical travel, I came across the TV interview of Paul on The Beat Goes On.

The fact alone that Paul was on national TV promoting Stunning Makeovers portrayed credibility in my opinion.

After reading the testimonies of others who had engaged Stunning Makeovers services I was satisfied that the company was held in high regard with a good reputation. From the beginning communication was quick and informative.

I liked that Stunning Makeovers was very thorough with expectations and requirements to mitigate or anticipate any potential health risks (e.g. requiring a medication certificate from own GP, plus the need to complete a comprehensive application form).

What satisfied me most is that Paul contacted me and contact continued via email post op.

Also, and especially, that a coordinator (Mary) was appointed to take care of the group while in Bangkok. I hate to imagine what my experience would have been like had Mary not been on-hand to take care of my well-being by following up any queries, questions or concerns I had of the surgeon or hospital. She also gave very useful local information about what to and what not to do in Bangkok.

I cannot speak highly enough of the nursing and support staff. They were caring, efficient, professional, compassionate and had a good command of English. 

The international staff were also very helpful and reassuring, especially JR and Cindy. It was very pleased that Marcia of the international department  was present in the room at both of my follow up appointments. 

Service was very good, and very comprehensive (tests etc pre op). The meals were a little heavy which I found mostly difficult to eat due to not being able to chew very well (swelling and pain post facelift). The food did look tasty and well presented from what I saw. Felt embarrassed that I couldn't eat it.

The transport to and from the hospital was very efficient and timely.

I would recommend Stunning Makeovers to others because it is clear Paul has a personal and genuine interest in people who choose medical travel through his organisation. Having the option to have a cordinator appointed to a group makes such a huge difference to those travelling. Invaluable! 

Offering extra's such as a day train pass and complimentary Thai massage was a bonus. 

Paul, I can't thank you and Stunning Makeovers enough for making our trip what it was. I am already speaking to others who very interested in travelling to Thailand for procedures through Stunning Makeovers.I appreciate all Stunning Makeovers work from the travel to surgeons to follow up and support and that I am so pleased I decided to travel with Stunning Makeovers.

Donna P from Tauranga, New Zealand

My friend had recommended Stunning Makeovers to me. All the staff and international support team where great. The service was fantastic and well above expected.

Service was great. It was good to have all the shuttles pre booked   Nice to get messages after surgery

Dr Theera was great and he did a great job and was very reassuring.

I found the hotel was in an excellent spot once you got to know the city. I would certainly stay there again and the staff where great.

I’m very pleased and looking to come back. 

Sarah L from Auckland, New Zealand

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.

Brenda R from Auckland, New Zealand

Hi Paul,  everything went perfectly with my surgery, hotel and travel arrangements, they all fell into place beautifully so thank you and all your team very very much.

I was very pleased too with all the nursing staff and coordinators and doctors. I had a lovely time at the Hotel and having the shops and trains at my fingers tips just topped it all off. I felt relaxed safe and confident in my surroundings. 

Many thanks, I have no hesitation  in recommending your company to anyone thinking of heading to Thailand for surgery. 

I chose Stunning Makeovers because I liked the idea of not having the stress of organising everything myself and going with a reputable organisation made me feel more confident.

I am very, very satisfied with Stunning Makeovers service. Everything ran perfectly smoothly  - hotel, transport and flights.

At the hospital, I was very well supervised after my surgery and felt safe. My surgeon spoke excellent English as did most of the immediate staff. He had good references and had done many ops like mine.

Nursing and Support staff were all great, helpful and cheerful and would go out of their way to assist as much as possible.

The service was excellent, a top job and the facilities were all lovely, modern and clean.

I would you return for more surgery and am now considering dental treatment for next year.I would recommend Stunning Makeovers to others unreservedly, no hesitation.

Cheryl D from Adelaide, Australia

My eyelid surgery went well and so far happy with the results. I thought Dr Pongsatorn and his staff were amazing and would be happy to go ahead with surgery in the future if needed.

Allan C. from Golden Beach, Australia
I am extremely happy with the results of surgery and plan to arrange more surgery/dental treatment with Stunning Makeovers.
I am extremely satisfied with Stunning Makeovers service and would definitely recommend Stunning Makeovers to others
My experience with the surgeon, nursing and support staff was excellent as were the facilities.  Everything was fantastic.