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Cosmetic eye surgery is, in simple terms, any form of procedures to enhance the look of one’s’ eyes. As this is a cosmetic procedure, the surgery is performed around and not on the eyes. As with any surgical procedure, it is important that you are well-informed of the proceedings. You could schedule a consultation with a surgeon. The consultation will serve as a session for you to discuss the procedure at length from a realistic perspective and assuage any doubts you may have. Additional facial cosmetic surgeries may be recommended if deemed necessary. Your medical history will also be taken into consideration to determine your suitability for the surgery. This includes conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as previous surgeries on the eye area. Alternatively, you could do your own research and see what other people have to say about the procedures. Here are some frequently asked questions about the topic.

How popular is eye surgery?
Eye surgery in any form is popular especially in Asian communities where their typically small and mono-lidded eyes go under the knife to become larger. In 2015, the United States of America (USA) performed a total of 170,000 surgeries. This made eyelid surgery the most popular form of surgery among adults over 65 years of age.

How long does the blepharoplasty last?
The procedure itself is a long process that can take hours. While the procedure is lengthy, the results are visible and long lasting. Unlike other facial cosmetic procedures that have the possibility of wearing off after time, the effects of blepharoplasty can last up to 10 years.

What are the costs of the blepharoplasty?
The costs differ from surgeon to surgeon and there is always the possibility of requiring additional procedures to enhance the overall look. On average, the cost of the surgery is $3000. This does not include anesthesia, facilities cost or anything other related costs.

Is cosmetic Asian eyelid surgery the same thing?
This is more commonly known as “double eyelid” surgery and it is to create a crease in a person’s upper eyelid. It also makes the person’s eyes more visible as the opening between the upper and lower eyelids is bigger. The people who usually undergo the procedure are people of Asian descent or those who are mono-lidded. In some Asian countries, the lack of a double eyelid is seen as undesirable, thus, the surgery is an option to get the double eyelid that is seen as attractive and typical of other European race groups. The procedure removes a small section of skin, fat and tissue found under the eyelid; be it upper or lower. The incision line will be hidden in the crease that was just created.

Are there other facial cosmetic surgery options?
There is a variety of procedures available and each of them serve a different purpose. Other than double eyelid surgery and blepharoplasty, there are procedures such as the correction of droopy eyelids, the removal of skin tags or growths from eyelids and procedures to make the sclera of the eye whiter and brighter.

What are the risks of the procedure?
There are 3 risks you should look out for. They are retinal detachment, hematoma and ectropian. Retinal detachment is caused by holes or tears in the retina when it separates from the outer layers of the eye. This would require additional surgery to correct. Hematoma is a serious complication where blood collects under the skin. The danger about this is that it is most likely to happen during the surgery itself or at when the surgery is being performed at the same time as other face surgeries like brow lifts. Ectropian is the inversion of the lower eyelid caused by drooping. Should this occur, additional surgery would be required to correct it.

Are there any side effects?
Some of these side effects are pain, scarring and swelling. The pain is mostly the feeling of soreness and the eyelid being tight during the postoperative recovery stages. The scarring depends on how skilled the surgeon is; most scars take time to fade but the application of Vitamin E cream or aloe vera can speed the healing process up. The swelling will usually occur around the area that the incisions were made. To counter the swelling, cold compresses can be applied to the area or the head can be kept elevated. These should not be cause for alarm as they do not last for long periods of time, meaning you can return to your daily routine quickly, and they can be treated to feel better.

How should I prepare for the procedure?
Before making an appointment, it is important that you are well-informed of the procedure as a whole. You could do your own research or schedule a consultation with a surgeon. The consultation will serve as a session for you to discuss the procedure at length from a realistic perspective and assuage any doubts you may have. Additional facial cosmetic surgeries may be recommended if deemed necessary. Your medical history will also be taken into consideration to determine your suitability for the surgery. This includes conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as previous surgeries on the eye area.