"Blepharoplasty", the surgery name itself scares people and can be quite baffling to understand what the surgery actually means. In fact, blepharoplasty is divided into 2 parts : upper blepharoplasty (or upper eyelid surgery), and lower blepharoplasty (or lower eyelid surgery). In Korea, the key difference between blepharoplasty and other eyelid surgeries is that blepharoplasty is mainly performed for middle-aged people who hope to enhance their saggy eyelids and fat under eyes. The major purpose of the surgery is anti-aging and many customers combine blepharoplasty with other anti-aging surgeries like face-lift and eyebrow lift.
USD$2500-$4500 each: Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty surgery cost depends on doctor's expertise and surgery methods. In South Korea, eyelid surgery specialists in most popular clinics charge around that price range, but it could be lower if your anti-aging surgery plan involves other surgeries. (Check the cost of other Korean plastic surgery procedures)
Blepharoplasty Quick Facts
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|Hospitalization||No. Upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty in Korean clinics don't require you to stay overnight at the clinic. However, when middle-aged clients feel too exhausted or dizzy after surgery, we could ask for some energy-boosting IV nutritional therapy before you are discharged.|
|Stitch Removal Day||5-7 days for both upper and lower blepharoplasty. When your healing process is slower than expected, after the plastic surgeon examines, the removal day can be pushed off to 10 days post-op. However, in most cases, all stitches are removed within a week.|
|Anesthesia||Local Anesthesia & Sedation. During surgery, the doctor will ask you to open eyes and close eyes to match symmetry. Rest assured that you won't feel any pain since areas around your eyes will be numbed throughout surgery.|
|How long is the operation?||30 mins to 1 hour for upper blepharoplasty and same for lower blepharoplasty. However, it doesn't mean that it will be like buying a dress at a clothing store. Surgery preparation and aftercare each will take about an hour, and it is wise not to have any travel plan after surgery.|
Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty Surgery Recovery
The recovery process for upper blepharoplasty is similar to other upper eyelid surgeries. Since saggy skin and fat are removed from upper eyelids, it will take at least 2 weeks for the swelling and bruising to disappear. At this point, your eyes look reasonably natural but to look very natural in person, it will take about 3-6 months. Lower blepharoplasty surgery also requires similar recovery time but scars under eyes can rise as one of your concerns. Seoul TouchUp has learned that with an experienced plastic surgeon, scars are almost not noticeable after 3-6 months. It is also helpful to note that the thickness of your skin and the elasticity of your skin also can affect the speed of the healing process.
1. Upper Blepharoplasty in Korea
Upper Blepharoplasty is very commonly done in Korea. Although the surgery might mean something else in Western countries, it is known as a cosmetic eye surgery for achieving a more youthful appearance. Korean plastic surgeons can help you achieve this by eliminating excessive sagging folds in the upper lids. To maximize the anti-aging effect, the doctor may add lifting surgeries to the surgery plan such as temple lift and eyebrow lift. The surgery is also very popular among relatively older clients who are in their 60s and 70s because it doesn't involve general anesthesia.
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2. Best Candidates for Upper Blepharoplasty
In Korea, upper blepharoplasty is mainly performed for middle-aged men and women, who desire to restore the youthful appearance of the eyes. As we are all aware, no one can stop the aging process, and saggy eyelids will make you look older than you actually are. Upper blepharoplasty can be a great solution for those who wish to correct exhausted-looking eyes and multiple eyelid layers caused by aging. Also, Seoul TouchUp learned that those who seek upper blepharoplasty are usually leaders of some sort, or are in a position where he/she often gets attention from the media and peers.
3. Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure
The surgery procedure involved with an upper blepharoplasty is very similar to that of full-incision double eyelid surgery. Incisions will be made in upper eyelids and according to your surgery plan, it will create thin or thick double eyelids. However, the focus of upper blepharoplasty is on removing excessive skin and fat in upper eyelids, and restoring the youthful appearance. Your plastic surgeon will first communicate with you on how thick your upper eyelids should be, and focus on creating more elastic double eyelids.
1. Lower Blepharoplasty in Korea
Lower blepharoplasty is perhaps one of the most popular anti-aging procedures in Korea. The surgery is performed to remove pouches and droopiness under the eyes, and create a more youthful look. It is not hard to find doctors who are specializing in lower blepharoplasty in Korea. Korean plastic surgeons have developed and invented many new techniques to make eyes look as natural as possible after surgery. Also, as it doesn't involve general anesthesia, it can be performed for elderly people who are in their 60s and 70s.
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2. Best Candidates for Lower Blepharoplasty
From CEOs to salesman/woman, this lower eyelid surgery provides a quick solution to look youthful and energetic again in their business environment. It is one of the most satisfying surgeries to remove unsightly eye bags, sleepy-looking eyes and multiple skin folds. Just like upper blepharoplasty, mainly middle-aged clients look for lower blepharoplasty. Especially, if you often get stressed about eye bags shown in your smartphone photos, you may consider coming to Korea for this. Before those notorious eye bags will get saggier and deeper as you age, Seoul TouchUp suggests you restore the youthful appearance of the eyes.
3. Lower Blepharoplasty Procedure
There are basically 2 types of lower blepharoplasty : inside and outside. For "Inside" lower blepharoplasty, incisions will be made inside of your lower eyelids, and for "outside" lower blepharoplasty, incisions will be made outside of your lower eyelids. If the degree of sagginess is minor, inside lower blepharoplasty could be performed. However, in most cases, outside excision is made below the lower eyelash, where skin, muscles and fat are selectively removed. Both techniques are performed to remove 80% of the underlying fat in the lower part of the eyelid.